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manufactured homes versus stick built homes

Owning a manufactured home is a great alternative to purchasing a stick or site built home. It provides you with a permanent residence you can call your own and the space you need to live your life the way you want to. All at a lower cost than what you would pay for a comparably sized site built home.

In the case of modern manufactured homes, a lower cost does not mean you get a lesser home, either. Manufactured homes, like ours, are built using the same high-quality materials as stick built homes. Their manufacturing process is also highly regulated by the federal government, meaning the home you buy is held to the highest standards of quality during its design and construction. These regulations are set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and have been in place since 1976.

HUD Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards

Manufactured homes are unique in that they can be moved from one location to another, unlike a stick built home that can not be easily relocated. Because of this, unique building codes were created to make sure that all manufactured homes were built with the highest safety and quality standards in mind.

These building codes were developed for homes that have a permanent chassis, but they are often as stringent as existing state or regional building codes assigned to stick built homes. In some cases, manufactured homes have standards that are even stricter than those found in the International Residential Code, which is what applies to those stick built homes.

For example, a study done by the National Fire Protection Association found that occurrences of fires is lower in manufactured homes as well as the injury rates associated with those fires. This is because there are seven guidelines to follow for fire safety when building a manufactured home that are higher than the standard fire rules set out for stick built homes.

How Does a Mobile Home Stack Up to a Site Built Home

The materials used to build a manufactured home and a stick built home are exactly the same. The key difference is that a manufactured home is built in a factory, then moved to a community where final assembly occurs. The entire manufacturing process may take one to three months and, because the home needs to be strong enough to withstand transportation, it is often built more robustly than a stick built home would be.

Building a home in a factory also offers a few key advantages over building it on site.

1. Supervised Construction

Throughout the entire build process the home is carefully supervised and quality controlled. This is to ensure that each manufactured home meets or exceeds the HUD standards that have been put in place.  

2. Built Indoors

Manufactured homes are built indoors so that weather won’t interfere with their construction. This means rain or other adverse conditions won’t create delays in the work that can be done. The materials being used also won’t be exposed to moisture that can warp or damage them.

3. Permanent Build Team

All technicians and craftsmen building the home are usually on the same team. With site built homes the work may be contracted out, resulting in a build team with lesser experience or less incentive to get the job done right.

Choosing a Manufactured Home or Stick Built Home

Whether you decide to purchase and move into a site built home or a manufactured home, you’ll be getting a home that you can count on for years to come. In both scenarios the quality of the home is held to national standards and in some cases, the manufactured home is built even more robust. If you’re ready to buy a manufactured home of your own, we’re here to help you find a home you’ll love!

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