Modular Homes are the Future of Home Building
America is the nation that invented factory fabrication. Today whether you buy a dishwasher, DVD player or automobile, you expect these products to be factory-made, factory inspected and ready for immediate use. Modular home construction utilizes a pre-assembled system of home construction that reduces costs and increases durability and homeowner options.
Factory Built Home Materials are Eco-Friendly and Cost Effective
The quality of factory made homes is often superior to those built on site. This is because factory methods are extremely precise and therefore efficient. What’s more, factory inspections cover every construction detail from floor framing to final paint. Trained factory inspectors or independent third party inspectors perform more than one-dozen unannounced inspections per house. These days, the overloaded local building inspectors may only perform three or four announced inspections on the typical site built project. The quality factory built home manufacturer does not use green lumber. They protect all building materials from the weather. Wet materials would be too warped or bent to fit into their precise jigs for wall panel and truss construction. In many on-site building locations green lumber and building materials exposed to the weather are built into the home resulting in warped walls, ceilings and mold issues.
Modular Homes are Stronger than Conventional (Stick-Built) Homes
The modular home unit uses the strongest of all construction methods based on the 2×6 platform framing system. Traditionally, modular home units are over-built providing rigidity during transport to the site. Additional structural elements are incorporated to strengthen the modules as they are lifted by a crane from the carriers and placed on the foundation. Only modular construction is sturdy enough to withstand such forces equivalent to that of a healthy earthquake.
Easier to Finance
Factory built homes are easier to finance because they have a positive track record. When the homeowner selects a factory built home, with some variations, chances are the local banker has seen it before and knows the value. Bankers value the fact that factory built homes are well insulated and like the simplicity of the construction process compared to on-site construction.
Modular Homes are Built Quickly
From the time you place your order, even when the factory is hopping busy, you can get a two-module home delivered to your site in eight weeks or less. You can move into it within a few more weeks. The average site built home takes six to nine months to complete.
Modular homes are built in factories benefiting from the assembly line production process. The factories purchase large quantities of lumber, sheet rock, carpet, paint, and other building supplies. As a result, they pay less for the materials they use. Labor is used with maximum efficiency as skilled craftsman move between workstations on the factory floor.
The Highest Quality
Modular homes are built in a modern, climate controlled environment. Every module is precision engineered for trouble-free structural durability. Quality control is maintained by constant inspection throughout the construction process. Also, to insure a safe and secure trip to your property, modular homes are built exceptionally well using high quality materials. Typically, 20% to 30% more lumber is used in the framing of the module units. Most factories glue, nail or screw the components of the home together.
Typically, a home consisting of two modules, will be built in the factory within a couple of weeks. Once your home is placed on its foundation, final completion takes an additional two to three weeks. Knowing when your home will be completed allows you to move more quickly and helps you plan your move better. Site preparation work differs for each property. The project management software we use at MAC Builders allows you to remain up to date at all times so you never have to guess as to where you are in the process.
Lower Home Ownership Costs
Repair bills can really add up fast. Modular homes are built in a modern controlled environment using high quality materials. They are precision engineered for trouble-free structural durability. A well-built house is a home that is easier and less costly to maintain.
From the outside, your home may look like any other house, but after all those years, quality shows through. Modular homes are precision built at the factory and they’re built to last. Your home will require less maintenance and better withstand the effects of age and weather. When you’re ready to sell your home, you’ll be glad it’s a modular.
Structurally Sound in Dangerous Weather
Modular construction technology employs methods of construction that include glue-nailed sheathing and decking with redundant framing members. These methods make a modular home a safer place to hang your hat if you live in earthquake or tornado prone areas of the country. Modular homes are built to survive nature’s onslaught. The frame work of today’s modular home matches or exceeds site-built or panelized homes as modular homes are engineered for safe use in each specific geographic region where they are sold. Modular construction may be the safest method on the market as strict adherence to all applicable building codes is enforced through required state inspections.
There are endless examples of factory-built homes that have been in continuous use for 50, 60 and 70 years. Today, over 90% of all factory-built homes are customized to meet the buyer’s needs. They look as good or better than similar homes built on-site. Some manufacturers are producing spectacular mansions in excess of 10,000 sq. ft. Modular units are routinely stacked to reflect all types of architectural style from a New England Salt Box to an Ante Belle mansion. Modular units can be finished with stucco exteriors, tile roofs and other exterior design features making them indistinguishable from built on-site projects. At MAC Builders you can have your home built just how you want it, whether that means a replica of the demo or a one of a kind customization; the choice is yours.