Custom Modular Homes USA 

Modular vs. manufactured: Are they the same?

They both start with the letter m, but they are not the same. A modular built home is built to the same building code as a house built the ordinary way. But a manufactured home (such as a doublewide) is a totally different animal. No, no, no, a modular home is NOT the same as a manufactured home. (This is more detail than you need, but it's like this: Manufactured homes are built to HUD code. On the other hand, homes built the ordinary way and modular homes are built to a code known as IRC, which stands for International Residential Code. Here's a clue: HUD code homes are seldom permitted in residential subdivisions.)

Nonetheless, all housing types are a blessing for families across America.

CMHUSA compares the above three wood-frame home types this way: At the top of the scale for durability and solidness is heavyweight modular (subject to having CMHUSA-acceptable modules). In general, much further down the scale are houses built outdoors (the ordinary way), the way most homes are built even today. And even further down the scale are manufactured homes such as doublewides.

On a 1-10 scale, where 10 is the best, you pick the numbers, but here's what CMHUSA thinks:

• 10. The number this Website gives a "qualifying" heavyweight modular. No, not all heavyweights are 10s. Think of a three legged stool. Leg one is publicly demonstrated durability that every heavyweight will surely have. Leg two is the 15 to 20 or even 25 to 30 percent more wood than if building the home the ordinary way. Leg three, however, is perhaps the most random across any industry and building trade: proper oversight. To discuss, contact CMHUSA.

• 5. The number this Website gives to a house built outdoors (the ordinary way) by a skilled carpenter. Rain, blazing hot sun or freezing cold, as bad as conditions may be for a house being built, a bigger reason for the low rating is that the house being built the ordinary way would likely collapse if brutally tested. Fully aware that the home will not undergo manmade Tests One and Two, a contractor or developer may order even the most competent carpenter to skimp on the amount of wood used or the grade of lumber or even the number of nails used. Although such a home may pass code, "passing code" does not tell you if a house is built well. Not the best analogy, perhaps, but getting a D in a chemistry class is good enough to pass.

• 3. The number this Website gives in general to manufactured homes. However, there are ways to beef this up, potentially to the level of certain site built homes. Also keep in mind that even a very lightweight manufactured home will pass the durability tests. On the other hand, so will an egg carton full of eggs, unless the flimsy carton is replaced with rocks, at which point the carton may quickly collapse. In the case of manufactured homes, there are homebuyers who can afford mansions but who prefer the simplicity in life of a well-built manufactured home. So it's not just price. Every construction type is a blessing for buyers across America.

Again, you pick the number. Not an exact science, a poorly-built heavyweight could be a 7 or 8. A better-than-average home built the ordinary way could be a 6 or 7. A poorly-built home that was build the ordinary way cold be a 3 or 4. A well-built manufactured could be a 5, 6 or 7.

All three approaches are a blessing, but why not go for the 10? Contact us.