With advances in modular housing materials and building techniques, modular homes are completely viable options for those looking for a new home. But, you may be wondering what makes modular homes a good alternative to traditional construction.
First, let’s define what modular homes really are.
What are modular homes?
The biggest difference between modular homes and conventional homes is that modular homes are built off-site, whereas conventional homes are built on-site. This means that once a modular home is finished, it’s then transported to the site and assembled by a homebuilder.
Modular homes are built section-by-section in a factory setting. These facilities assemble homes according to the International Residential Code (IRC), which requires compliance with all state and local building regulations. Once the sections are complete, they are transported to the building site and then assembled on a poured foundation.
Once it’s assembled, the homebuilder will connect the utilities, fit it with appliances, cabinetry, flooring, and all other finishings. There are many different designs of modular homes, so you can be sure to find one that fits your needs and lifestyle.
There are many advantages to modular homes, including:
Thanks to the indoor construction, modular homes have an exceptional level of quality and consistency. And, they are built to the same standards as traditional homes. The controlled construction environment protects them from being exposed to the elements like wind, temperature changes, and rain (that can cause moisture buildup on certain building materials on traditional building sites).
Traditional housing construction sites can be unpredictable, and this can lead to unplanned costs. Modular housing prices tend to be more fixed, preventing many of the unexpected changes & costs that come with traditional home building.
Modular home manufacturers also tend to buy materials in bulk, resulting in cost savings that often get passed to the consumer.
Speed of Construction
If you consider all of the delays possible with traditional home construction, it’s easy to see why modular homes are often built much quicker. Heavy rain & snow can cause delays in the building process for traditional homes (and it can even cause delays in transporting materials to the site). Since modular homes are built indoors with materials readily available, the construction can go much quicker (and transportation time is eliminated for supplies).
Since modular home construction companies have zeroed in on their building processes, they can better gauge exactly how much material is needed for each build and they’re able to recycle materials more efficiently for future projects. Traditional home construction sites can run into issues like accidental damages, theft, and vandalism that can cause more materials to be used (or wasted). These problems are largely avoided with modular home construction.
Looking for more information on the advantages of modular homes?
If you’re interested in learning more about modular homes, contact Family Dream Homes. We’re here to help with any questions you may have!