Manufactured VS. ModularWhat Is The Difference?
Manufactured HomesA manufactured home is built to the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (HUD Code)and displays a metal plate or HUD Tag on the exterior of each transportable section. Manufactured homesare built in the controlled environment of a manufacturing plant and are transported in one or moresections on a permanent chassis. Inside the home you should find (if it hasn’t been removed) a DataSheet, which contains information on the manufacturer, the serial number, HUD Tag numbers, date homewas manufactured, snow, wind and temperature zones, and equipment originally installed. Homes builtprior to June 15, 1976 are mobile homes and were not required to be built to HUD Code.
Modular HomesA modular home is built to, and in many cases exceeds the same state, local or regional building codesrequired of site-built homes. Modular homes are constructed in sections under controlled conditionsin factories and transported to their sites on flatbed trucks. Once they reach their site the sections areremoved from the trucks with a crane and are joined together by local contractors. Modular homes have ametal Universal Building Code (UBC) Tag inside the home, typically under the kitchen sink.
Comparison Manufactured Modular Transported on a removable transporter.Transported on non-removable steel chassis which Transporter frame is not a part of the home andremains a structural part of the home. provides no structural support. Home must be placed on foundation with crane.Are built to HUD Code. Are built to local and state code.Are considered in a separate lending category for Are considered the same as single family stick builtloans and mortgages. dwellings for loans and mortgages. Are not re-locatable and are considered aAlthough required to be secured to the ground they permanent structure once placed upon theare considered removable and re-locatable. foundation. Building inspectors check the structure to makeBuilding inspectors check the work done locally, but sure it meets requirements and that all finish workare not required to approve the structure. is done properly.Generally less expensive than site built and modular Sometimes less expensive per square foot than sitehomes built houses.Available in a pre-determined selection of styles. Can be customized.Are not allowed in some communities. Are normally allowed in all communities.