DO FACTORY-BUILT HOMES HAVE SUPERIOR QUALITY?
of whether we're talking about factory-built, panelized
or modular homes, in-plant construction quality is
invariably superior to what can be done on a job site.
Parts cut with a hand saw or a hand-held power circular
saw at a job site cannot possibly be as precise as those
cut with a $10,000 radial arm saw or $100,000 component
cutter in a factory. Factory fastening methods are also
demonstrably superior because they use pneumatic tools,
which drive fasteners to precise depths - no
under-driving and no shiners. What's more, factory
inspections cover every construction detail from floor
framing to final paint, and trained factory inspectors or
independent third party inspectors perform more than
one-dozen unannounced inspections per house. The best
that can be hoped for at a job site is three or four
announced inspections. These days, with so much
construction going on, local inspectors don't always have
time to get there.
DO FACTORIES USE QUALITY MATERIALS?
quality modular home manufacturer does not use green
lumber and protects all building materials from the
weather; otherwise, materials would be too warped or bent
to fit into their precise jigs for wall panels or
trusses. In many on-site building locations either green
lumber is still used or building materials are not
protected from the weather; as a result, for decades the
ultimate homeowner inherits problems after the building
ARE FACTORY-BUILT HOMES STRONGER THAN STICK BUILT HOMES?
modular unit uses the strongest of all construction
methods based on the 2x6 platform framing system.
Traditionally, modular units are over-built so they can
be hauled on wheels over roads to get to the site and so
that a crane can lift them off the wheels and place them
on a foundation. Only modular construction is sturdy
enough to withstand such forces which are the equivalent
to that of a healthy earthquake.
ARE FACTORY-BUILT HOMES EASIER TO FINANCE?
homes are very easy to finance because they have a
positive track record. When the homeowner wants, for
instance, the Acme Plan 3A from a factory with some
variations, chances are the local banker has seen it
before and knows the value. Bankers also like the idea
that factory-built homes are well insulated which means
the ultimate buyer won't go broke paying utility bills.
Bankers also like the simplicity of the construction
process compared to on-site construction.
HOMES QUICKER TO BUILD?
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 and you can move into it
within a few more weeks. From the time you place your
order, the average site built home takes six to nine
months to complete.
DO FACTORY-BUILT HOMES APPRECIATE IN VALUE THE SAME AS STICK BUILT HOMES?
things being equal (primarily location), factory-built
homes appreciate in value in lock step with site-built
FACTORY-BUILT HOMES ARE SAFER THAN SITE-BUILT HOMES.
construction technology of glue-nailed sheathing and
decking with redundant framing members makes a modular
home a safe place to hang your hat if you live in
earthquake or tornado country. Modular homes are built to
survive nature's onslaught. The frame work of todays
modular homes matches or exceeds site-built homes or
panelized units because modular homes are engineered for
safe use in each of the specific geographic region where
they are sold. Modular homes may be the safest on the
market because of the federal laws requiring smoke
detectors, escape windows and incombustible materials
around furnaces and kitchen ranges. Many site-built homes
are constructed in areas where not even smoke detectors
are required by local law.
DO FACTORY BUILT HOMES LAST AS LONG AS ANY OTHER TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION?
are endless examples of factory-built homes that have
been in continuous service for 50, 60 and 70 years. One
example: the homes built by National Homes through the
midwest 50 years ago which originally sold for $7,000,
$8,000 and $9,000 complete. These homes today are still
in use, the major change has been that they have
increased ten-fold in value.
DO FACTORY-BUILT HOMES HAVE CURB APPEAL?
of all panelized homes today are customized to meet the
buyer's needs. They look as good, and in many cases,
better than anything that can be built on-site. Some
manufacturers are producing spectacular mansions of over
10,000 sq. ft. Modular units are routinely stacked to
resemble any type of architecture the buyer may want from
a New England Salt Box to an Ante Belle mansion. Modular
units can be finished with stucco walls, tile roofs, and
exterior design features so that they become
indistinguishable from on-site designs.
ARE FACTORY-BUILT HOMES THE WAVE OF THE FUTURE?
is the nation that invented factory fabrication. When we
buy a washing machine, a microwave oven, an ipod or a car,
we don't expect it to be dumped in parts in our backyard
for us to assemble. We expect these products to come
factory-made, factory inspected and ready for instant
use. It is unlikely that the home building industry will
cling to the idea of costly, error prone piece-by-piece
fabrication of homes at job sites. For both economic and
quality reasons, on-site home building can't last;
factory home building can't miss.