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Modular homes are built in a factory, in sections, utilizing state of the art manufacturing. Because they are constructed in a completely weatherproof, climate- controlled environment, they eliminate the worry of weather damage or water damage that can cause cracked plaster, buckled floors, warped or molded wood, or even the worry of theft or vandalism that can plague site-built homes. This can cut construction time and costs considerably. Modular homes are built with up to twenty to thirty percent more materials than site-built homes, in order to withstand the stress of transport to their destination and erection at the building site. The additional materials greatly increase the structural integrity of the home. A recent FEMA study of 1992’s hurricane Andrew concluded that “the module-to-module combination of units appears to have provided an inherently more rigid system that performed much better than conventional residential framing. Building performance: Hurricane Andrew in Florida, FIA-22, Item 3-0180).
Modular homes are built to conform to all local, state, or regional building codes at their destination. This code is the same code that site-built homes require. They are transported to their destination in sections, and “set” on their foundations by highly qualified professionals. Once the home is set on its foundation, the roof will be placed, and the home will be closed up and secured. The finish work, which includes interior drywall work and shingle work, will be completed in subsequent weeks and the home should be ready for occupancy within several weeks, after a final inspection by a local building code inspector. Modular homes can range from 1000 to 12,000 square feet, and can be custom designed with endless possibilities. Ranch style homes, cape cods, split levels, or two story homes can be built to any design preference. In addition to the potential savings and the improved quality, modular homes can be built in a much more timely fashion than site-built homes. After completion, they are indistinguishable from conventional site-built homes, and no two are alike. Modular homes have the same expected longevity as site-built homes, appreciating in value over time.