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What’s the difference between a manufactured & modular home?
The terms “manufactured home” and “modular home” tend to get confused from time to time, but when looking for your next home, it’s important to understand the difference. At Big Sky Homes, we’ll help you find the one that’s right for you and your family.
Manufactured homes are built completely within the factory. They are built on a fixed steel chassis that allows the home to be transported to the site, and make it possible to move the home in the future if desired. Manufactured homes can be put on a crawlspace or basement as well. They are shipped in sections just like a modular and built to HUD code. Modulars are built to IRC (state code). Some neighborhoods will not allow manufactured homes, so it’s important to know if the home can be placed on the chosen site prior to purchase. A manufactured home is a much more affordable option than a modular or traditional home.
Modular homes are pre-fabricated in sections while still in the factory. All pieces are brought in via truck and put together at the building site. These homes have to be placed on a permanent foundation or a basement, depending on the land and buyer’s needs. The frame is for transport only and is removed once placed on the foundation. As such, these homes are permanent once they are completed. Modular homes and manufactured homes can look identical with a few differences in electrical (12 gauge vs 14 gauge), floor joist (2×10/web truss vs 2×8) and some minor code differences. The two use same materials and workers build both.