Virtually every business today is looking for more effective and efficient ways to create a better-built product in a timely manner at a more affordable price for its consumers. A modular homebuilder takes the same systems and materials used by a traditional 'site builder' and assembles your home in several large sections, called modules, inside a controlled environment. These sections are then delivered to your home site about 90% complete.
Why is a Modular Home built better?
Modular homes are built in a factory environment with the same skilled craftsmen performing the same job each and every day. These folks are not learning their job as they are building your home. Technology as well as flexible engineering and manufacturing systems are all brought together to create the home you have always dreamed of. While your home is being built in a controlled environment, your materials and 'systems' are also kept in a controlled environment, not left out on the job site to be weathered, damaged or stolen before your home is ever assembled!
Quality-control inspections are conducted throughout the building process...not just at the final walk-through when you are handed the key to your new home!
Why is a Modular Home more affordable?
If you choose a modular-built home, you will move into your home sooner than if it is traditional site-built construction. And TIME IS MONEY. A modular home is built in about 1/3 the time that a traditional site-built home would take. Why? First of all, there are no weather delays when your home is built in a controlled environment. Modular home construction continues year around.
Modular-Home Building Methods & Site Construction
Modular homes are computer engineered to meet all national, state and local building standards. With hundreds of stock plans to start with, and the ability to computer generate unlimited variations, the design of your "dream home" is only limited by your imagination.
As with traditional building methods, a modular home starts with its framework. Modular homes typically use 20% to 30% more material in the framing to ensure a safe and secure trip to its destination. Most factories glue as well as nail or screw the components of the home together for a more solid assembly.
Most modular homes are now built in a modern controlled environment using high quality materials. They are precision-engineered for a lifetime of trouble-free structural durability. Quality control is maintained by constant inspection throughout the construction process.
In starting a modular home, great detail is given to the layout and strength of the floor, since this is what will carry the weight of the rest of the home. After the floor joist and sub-flooring are in place, the wall panels are put in place. The wall panels will already have the sheet rock on the inside. The electric and plumbing can then be installed. After the wiring and piping is done, all nooks, crannies and crevices are sealed with insulation and the wall cavity is insulated.
Next comes the exterior sheathing, roofing and finished siding. Somewhere in the midst of all this, the windows and doors, bath and kitchen fixtures, carpets, cabinets, and heating units are installed. The completed product is then wrapped with a protective material for shipping, loaded on trailers and sent on its way to you. Of course, this is an oversimplified description of the real workmanship and quality materials that go into each of these homes, but it gives you a basic idea of the technological advances in the modular home industry.