What is the difference between Manufactured Homes and Modular Homes

What is the difference between Manufactured Homes and Modular Homes

Modular homes are gaining more and more of both residential and commercial construction market share with each passing year however there is still some misunderstandings regarding the differences.  Understanding the differences between manufactured homes and modular homes may save you both time in money when looking to make a decision on a construction method for your next home or commercial project.

A modular home is basically a stick built home built in a controlled factory environment consisting of one or many components.  Modular components vary in size however typically between twelve and fifteen feet in width and thirty to sixty feet in length.  The assembly process typically consists of a permanent foundation with a crawl space or basement where the modular component(s) are final assembled.  Modular homes offer a wide rang of design configurations and internal/external design elements similar to legacy or outdated site built construction.  Modular homes adhere to the same building code requirements as site built homes and typically offer more strength due to the home being built in components able for transport from the manufacturing facility to the final job site location. 

Recently the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confirmed that modular homes withstood a hurricane far better than site built housing. In its report “Building Performance: Hurricane Andrew in Florida,” assessment teams from FEMA concluded that modular homes withstood the 131-155 mph winds of the Category 4 storm in August of ’92 far better than site built housing.

“Overall, relatively minimal structural damage was noted in modular housing developments. The module-to-module combination of units appears to have provided an inherently rigid system that performed much better than conventional residential framing. This was evident in both the transverse and longitudinal directions of the modular buildings,” according to the report. (Get your free copy by calling 1-800-480-2520, publication number FIA-22, item 3-0180).  https://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/femapubcatalog.pdf

Manufactured homes are built in a factory under federal building code administered by the department of housing and urban development (HUD).   Manufactured houses are typically delivered in one or two units with each unit approximately 8 feet in width and 40 feet in length.   With manufactured homes, there is no deed to the home but rather a title similar to a vehicle title.   Manufactured homes rarely appriciate in value and typically decrease in value over time.  Manufactured homes offer a inexpensive way for homeowners to acquire a home however zoning code must be properly checked due to limitations of where they are able to be placed.  In addition, homeowners must realize that manufactured homes do not provide the same features and construction methods shared with site built and modular homes.

For more information on modular homes and the difference between Manufactured Homes and Modular Homes, contact one of our professionals at Supreme Modular.


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