Modular Construction Myths

Apr 23 22:48 2007 Robert Andrew Print This Article

Portable buildings, also known as modular buildings, are very different & distinct from mobile homes. Portable buildings are sectional prefabricated buildings manufactured in a plant and delivered in one or more modules or sections that can be...

According to end and a street expert in modular home is one where at least 30 to 40 percent of the dwelling unit is prefabricated into completed building components requiring no on-site processes other than connection. Modular homes leave the factory almost 95% complete. All that’s required to make the modular home ready for occupancy is a crane to set it on a permanent foundation so that it can be “stitched up” which entails having minor connections made between the modules.

Let’s look at some of the myths perpetrated about modular homes and a modular manufacturing in general.

Myth: Modular manufactured homes are of inferior quality.

Fact: Technological advances have produced incredibly sophisticated factory machinery,Guest Posting computer controls, & cutting and measuring tools. The truth is that factory made components fit together better than parts made by hand on the job site. More diligent inspection procedures are also made possible because several modular homes are being built under the same factory roof. And modular homes can be built in a variety of styles including contemporary, colonial, ranch, and many others. Modular homes can also be constructed to have balconies and cathedral ceilings.

Myth: Modular homes don’t appreciate in value as well as homes built by conventional construction methods.

Fact: It’s often difficult to distinguish between conventional and modular construction. Modular townhouses in one New York city (not New York City) were originally built and sold for $200,000 each. Today these townhouses sell for upwards of $350,000 and buyers are amazed to discover the townhouses were built by modular construction.

Myth: Shipping costs wiped out much of the savings from modular home construction.

Fact: Lumber and other building materials used in conventional construction have to be shipped to the construction site too. And they’re generally delivered by a lumber yard acting as a middleman. Materials used in modular construction are bulk delivered straight to the factory with no middle man involved which reduces costs. And since modular buildings are constructed to withstand road transport, they are built to higher standards of construction.

Myth: Conventional construction methods can be used to build homes just as fast and cost effectively as modular homes:

Fact: Modular construction is much more efficient and effective than conventional on-site construction. Modular buildings are not subject to such variables as weather, fluctuating material quality from local lumber yards, and differing levels of workmanship in on-site construction crews. In addition modular construction is more environmentally friendly because there’s no waste from having to cut materials on-site and dump the trash in local landfills.

To summarize, the facts are that modular manufacturing produces homes that are built more quickly and less expensively than with conventional construction methods without compromising quality. Modular homes are also better engineered, flexible in design, and environmentally friendly. Now that you know the facts, is there a modular home in your future?

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Robert Andrew
Robert Andrew

James Morgan is an authority on portable buildings and modular construction having been in the industry, watched it's evolution, and written extensively on related topics. For the latest information on portable buildings, modular homes, modular classrooms, pole buildings, etc. visit

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