Modular Homes – The Green Way to Go

With the home building industry leaning more and more towards the “Green” movement I would like to put my 2 cents worth in about a building system that I think is an excellent example of “Green Building”

Modular Homes

Below are some of the reasons you may want to consider when deciding on whether or not you want to build with this system.

Warranty

Many manufacturers of modular homes offer extensive warranties against structural defects. Many longer than the standard industry of only one year.

Multiple Inspections

Modular Homes are built to conform to the Uniform Dwelling Code, and comply with Local requirements of the state and county to which they’ll be delivered – just like other homes being “stick built” anywhere in the state. Modular Homes however, have a distinct advantage of being inspected many times before you ever take occupancy.

The first inspection occurs with the production supervisor on the production line. The second inspection is performed in accordance with an independent Third Party Inspector at the manufacturer’s facility. Lastly, the local building inspector in your own municipality inspects the home. “Stick built” homes are only inspected once, on site, by the local building authority.

Faster Completion

Modular homes can be built faster because most of the work – including most plumbing and electrical work is completed at the factory.

The wallboard, cabinets, doors, windows and bath fixtures are in place when the home arrives at your site. That means savings of time once the house is set on your foundation. There are fewer contractors to manage, fewer people to complete the work, and faster completion.

Dollars are saved.

Scheduling is simplified.

And ultimately only the plumber, electrician, carpenter crew and HVAC contractor need to perform any site work once the house is set.

Interest Savings – Time is Money

With a construction loan, as with any mortgage loan, the first payments are predominantly interest. A typical construction loan for a “stick built” home can be 6 to 12 months long.

Now imagine how many dollars can be saved if the time of construction is cut in half! You can save thousands of dollars in interest because modular homes can be completed in as few as 45 days from the time the house is set on the foundation.

Reduced Moisture – Less Mold or Mildew

Because modular homes are built in a climate-controlled environment, there is less moisture, no rain or weather to delay construction, and less dampness. Mold and mildew have little opportunity to grow in your new home. For sensitive families, this means you’ll have a healthier, more allergy resistant home.

Durability – Built To Travel

Modular Homes are generally transported several hundred miles from the factory to the final construction site. With that in mind, the Modular Home manufacturer designs durability into every home during construction, to insure that the house can withstand the rigors of transportation.

That includes use of not just one, but typically two rim joists, engineered flooring systems, sub floors that are glued and nailed, tongue and groove sub floors for more stable floors, exterior sheathing is glued and nailed, thicker 5/8″ gypsum wall board is used on all ceilings, interior walls are 16″ on center (not 24″ on center like others), top and bottom plates of exterior walls and studs are 2×6 lumber.

Additional straps and bracing are used during transport to further insure a high quality product is delivered to the construction site. The home is sturdier, stronger and more durable than a comparable “stick built” home.

Economy – Less Waste Of Materials

Drive past any construction site, and you’ll see a dumpster filled to overflowing with scraps of wallboard, lumber, siding and roofing materials. The homeowner pays for those items – and they are all thrown away.

With modular homes, there is less material waste, because the lumber that is cut off during the construction of one house, can be used during the construction of the next house coming down the production line.

That results in savings to you, the homeowner.