Are Manufactured Homes and Modular Homes the Same Thing?
If you spend enough time reading about manufactured homes, or about factory built homes in general, you’ll inevitably see the words “manufactured homes” and “modular homes” used interchangeably. They often get used so interchangeably, it’s easy to think they are the same things. Although manufactured homes and modular homes do have some similarities, they are not the same things.
Manufactured homes and modular homes are both built in factories, so they both have the benefits that come along with being built indoors. In both cases, their building materials are kept indoors so they aren’t exposed to elements, where they can start to rust, warp, or allow mold to grow. They’re also built by highly-trained professionals using state-of-the-art tools that allow for extremely precise construction.
When manufactured homes leave the factory, they leave in a nearly complete state with a permanent steel chassis attached, which helps with transporting it to its intended site. But modular homes aren’t completely assembled in the factory; they’re built in sections and each section is transported to the site separately, then assembled into its final form on site.
While modular homes are built to the exact same specifications and building codes as an ordinary site-built home, manufactured homes are built to high building standards set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD’s strict regulations cover everything from energy efficiency, overall durability, plumbing, heating and cooling, and more.