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What Are Manufactured and Modular Homes

Many types of structures are built in the factory and designed for long-term residential use. In the case of manufactured and modular homes, units are built in a factory, transported to the site and installed.

Manufactured Homes

These are homes built in a factory setting to the manufactured housing construction and safety standards established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In the years since the HUD Code was first introduced in 1976, it has been continually updated to incorporate new advances in construction techniques, procedures, and materials.

Manufactured homes are often referred to as “mobile homes” as they can be transported on a flatbed truck from the construction facility in which they’re built to their final location to be installed on-site. These homes can typically be bought at lower price points than any other type of housing and are especially popular when hitting a tight budget is necessary. Each HUD Code home will have a red HUD Label on the outside of the home.

At the same time, they can be customized and built with as many exotic features as your budget will allow. Minimal maintenance and low utility bills are hallmarks of factory-built homes. Additionally, the reliability of the controlled environment allows for efficient timelines and affordability due to no weather-related delays. Click here to understand more about today’s manufactured housing.

Modular Homes

These factory-built homes are built to the state or regional code where the home will be located. Modules are transported to the site and installed. Sections are built in a factory then transported to the building site on truck beds and assembled by local contractors on location. Modular homes typically uses a traditional concrete foundation (permanent). Unlike a manufactured home, a modular home cannot be moved once built.

Despite their differences, these home types do have several similarities that are worth discussing. First, both benefit from the inherent advantages of being built inside a factory under predictable conditions. Second, both manufactured homes and modular homes must conform to strict building codes that are constantly being updated. Third, either one can be built to be energy efficient using the latest ENERGY STAR®-rated materials and technologies. Click here to learn more about the modular housing advantage.