People mistakenly consider modular homes in the same category as mobile homes due to their construction in a factory. Many make the mistake of thinking them flimsy. The strength of a modular home therefore, they think, cannot compare to that of a stick-built home. Springfield real estate companies beg to differ. Research and evidence has accumulated over the years regarding the strength of modular homes versus their stick-built brothers. Let’s examine some of that research.
Myth: There is No Proof Modular Homes are Built to Last
Au contraire. Modular homes began back in the dawn of the 20th century with Sears. Modular homes then grew in popularity following WWII, when returning soldiers needed homes for their families. Those homes are still available, appreciating in value. The longevity of modular homes hasn’t waned in the least.
Myth: Modular Homes Use Substandard Materials and are Not Strong
Every modular home must pass stringent HUD standards for strength, construction, wind and fire damage just like their stick-built brethren. Additionally, Missouri sends inspectors to check out the home. Our requirements might be stricter than HUD’s. Either way, the home must be strong enough to hold together during bouncy transport on a truck. Modular homes therefore use lots of screws and glue in the place of the nails used in stick-built homes which don’t move over roads.
Myth: Modular Homes Use Substandard Materials and are Not Strong, Part 2
Modular home builders use the same wood their contractor brothers use. The only difference is that modular home builders use 2 x 6 planks as opposed to the 2 x 4 planks of site builders. This gives the modular home two advantages: (a) the structure is stronger and (b) there is more room for insulation in the framing. Furthermore, modular homes employ braces, glue and more screws than necessary in order to strengthen the structure. In fact, Springfield MO modular homes employ up to 30 percent more material and up to 20 percent more lumber than their site-built brothers.
Something You Might Not Have Thought About
Did you know that stick-built homes use factory-produced items like windows, cabinetry, moldings and drywall just to name a few? These are then delivered to the site on which the house is being built, subjecting them to weather inconsistencies and theft. Would you have car parts delivered to your house and then put together? Of course not. Why, then, would you have a house built outside quality controlled temperature controlled surroundings? Even the insurance industry has found that modular homes fail to be destroyed during hurricanes and tornadoes as opposed to their site-built companions.
Another Thought for Your Consideration
When was the last time you saw scores of trucks parked at a building site? The reason for that lies in the younger generation. The Millennials are coming out of school armed to slay technology dragons and formulate new technologies. If they’re not in technology, they tend to be entrepreneurs of some type. The point is that younger people are not into construction, and their older counterparts are retiring. Who is left to build stick houses? Even some home contractors are moving to working with modular now because the demand for custom stick-built homes has declined. Even if there is a surplus of workers from the ranks of non-degree holders and immigrants, there are no mentors to teach them the proper way to put up a house.
In the end, the quality that goes into a modular home surpasses that of its stick-built brothers. The same floor plans are available as well as custom designing. These homes last as long and appreciate in value just like or better than their stick-built companions. Indeed, Springfield real estate agents might not even know if a house is modular or stick-built.