- Constructed Off-Site
Modular buildings are built in an enclosed factory where the weather and temperature are controlled. This allows manufacturers to keep the building supplies out of natural elements that often increase the building costs due to delays caused by weather changes. All materials required to construct your fabricated home are also stored in a controlled environment to keep them safe from extreme heat or water damage. Since all necessary materials are available and the house is constructed in an enclosed factory, it shortens the project line so that you can have your home delivered and assembled as soon as possible.
- Limitless Design Potential
Fabricated homes are easily customizable with endless designs to suit your taste and preferences. With the wide variety of material designs offered by the manufacturer, you have the freedom to choose the square footage, wall placement, number of sinks, number of restrooms, and many other features. You can choose between upgraded finishes and standard finishes for the flooring, whatever appeals to you most. If you are working on a shoestring budget, you can always go with the standard floor plans because they are cost-efficient and reduce the project timeline with a great margin.
- Greener Construction
Modular construction is doing its part in ensuring a clean and sustainable environment since going green is the wave of the future. Fabricated homes can be built to meet the energy-efficient ratings of a green building and its construction process uses 90 percent less material waste compared to traditional construction. A modular building uses less cardboard, wood pallets, shrink-wrap, and other building materials. They rely more on strong durable materials that remain sturdy and intact during transportation and assembly. Every modular section is thoroughly inspected before leaving the warehouse to ensure it complies with the required building standards.
- Relocatable or Permanent
You can choose to build your prefabricated home on a permanent foundation or trailers. It all comes down to personal preferences and the building code specifications in your area. They can be temporarily set at a preferred location to be moved later. However, most modular buildings are built on a permanent foundation, similar to stick-built homes. This makes your home durable and capable of holding its value long enough in the real estate market. It comes in various finishes including wood facades and stone facades to make your home look as good as a stick-built house next door.
- Meets the Necessary Building Codes
Modular home manufacturers are responsible for building homes that meet the codes and regulations of a state or locality. The general contractor needs to ensure that the enforced codes comply with the regulations set forth by the local building department. The manufacturer should be told early enough of any necessary adjustment to code requirements so that they can incorporate them in their clients’ orders. Having prior knowledge about this information can help avoid legal problems that may occur in the future.
- Comes with a Warranty
All fabricated home manufacturers must provide the minimum warranty as per the state law, which often covers unexpected structural problems on all features of the home for one year. The duration stated in the warranty may vary based on your manufacturer. However, some dealers provide an extended warranty that covers up to 10 or 15 years on structural systems and 2 years on mechanical systems. Although it is unlikely that you may want an extended warranty from the dealer that is paid for in advance, it gives you peace of mind. In addition, it makes it easier to sell your home because the warranty can be transferred to the next owner.
A fabricated home gives you more options on how you want your home to look and how much you are willing to spend on it. The modular construction industry has grown over the recent years to offer affordable housing that is durable enough to last a lifetime. It is important to do your research beforehand, to find a reputable manufacturer with the best deal and warranty.