Modular Construction, the Modern Solution
Modular homes are like the hybrid car of the home-building industry. They save money and they make sense. In many ways, modular homes are superior to stick-built homes, and, once assembled, cannot be distinguished from their traditionally built counterpart.
Our modular homes start in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, so the homes can be produced to be much “tighter” than those built on-site. In fact, our homes routinely operate at least 15 percent more efficiently than a conventional site-built home. The home comes 80-90% complete when we deliver it to your home site. In Lego®-like fashion the home is assembled, connected, and completed. With the drywall, flooring, cabinetry, plumbing, and electrical completed in a quality controlled, weather tight environment, the modular construction process provides a custom home within stringent manufactured tolerances.
There is practically nothing you cannot do with a modular home. Modern modular homes can take on the appearance of a traditional home or can assume the look and style of today's most contemporary structure.
The Modular Construction Process
Modular homes are models of efficiency and quality assurance. Express Modular's commitment to excellence begins at the design phase,. From there our computer-assisted design technology assists us in customizing your floor plans and producing specification sheets to your exact requirements. Then, once all designs have been finalized, the building process begins.
Modular home construction is made possible by state-of-the-art factory assembly line techniques. A new modular home will travel from workstation to workstation, with all building trades represented. Work is never delayed by weather or missing materials, and specialized modular home construction techniques significantly increase the energy efficiency of every modular home we provide. Due to these carefully controlled building conditions, modular construction ensures consistent high quality. Modular home components are never subjected to inclement weather, modular construction is never affected by poor subcontractor performance, and every stage of production is carefully monitored. In addition, a thorough quality control process provides 100% assurance that your modular home has been inspected for code compliance and workmanship.
There are a many areas in which modular homes have stick-built homes at-large beat. Modular homes are built with 20 to 30 percent more materials than typical stick-built homes because they have to withstand the transport from the factory to the site. In a FEMA study (FIA-22, Item 3-0180) following the Hurricane Andrew in 1992, it was found that wood-frame modular homes in hard-hit Dade County, Florida, stood up to the devastating winds better than stick-built homes. The finding states: "Overall, relatively minimal structural damage was noted in modular housing…" The report also points out that the construction method of modular homes "provided an inherently rigid system that performed much better than conventional residential framing." The use of more materials also equals greater energy efficiency — another money-saver.
Weather, population density, geographical distances, and local housing architecture play a role in the use of modular construction for home building. Because modular construction is so adaptable, it has found a way to permeate every region of the country.
Modular homes are built in a factory. This is a controlled environment that is unaffected by variables that plague site-built homes, such as poor weather and theft or vandalism. Not only does this cut down on construction time (which saves money) it leads to a better product. A quality modular home is assembled using name brand products that can be purchased by the modular home manufacturing facility from suppliers in large quantities at reduced costs.
Modular Homes are Not Mobile Homes
Mobile names (also known as manufactured homes) are built according to the federal HUD building Code. This requires all mobile homes to built on a non-removable steel chassis, which severely limits their design options. Modular homes and buildings have no design limitations. They can be any shape or size and will meet or exceed your local and state building codes. Modular buildings are just like any traditional building except they are modules (pieces) that are pre-built in factories and then assembled together using large cranes in a similar fashion to Lego® blocks. They are typically placed on full basements or crawlspace foundations.
Solutions to On-site Problems
Modular building provides solutions to many problems encountered on-site. With approximately 80-90% of the structure completed in the factory, there are fewer delays from inspections and bad weather at the building site. The chance of material theft and vandalism is minimized, fewer subcontractors are needed to complete the project and stress upon the surrounding community is significantly reduced.
The Right Choice
Overall, modular homes offer you the design flexibility and customization opportunities at a price that is difficult to beat. This, coupled with the quality of the manufacturing process that is protected from the weather and the speed of construction makes for a winning combination. Make your new home a modular home, it just makes sense!