Breaking the Myth
Oasis Homes has been leading Michigan in Modular Homes Sales and
helping our customers place Quality Built Modular Homes on private property throughout
Michigan at the best prices. To better serve our customers with regards to floor plans
and architectural design we offer many custom designed homes.
Customers investigating the benefits of manufacture homes for the first time might
become confused by several terms that are often viewed as interchangeable, though
in reality they refer to different types of housing. These terms are Modular Home,
Prefab Home and Manufactured Home.
What is a Modular Home
Modular Homes, in the State of Michigan they are also referred to as BOCA code homes. BOCA is an abbreviation for Building Officials and Code Administrators, it is this organization that developed the National Building Code and the code to which Modular Homes and stick built homes are constructed. The State of Michigan requires Modular homes to pass the same inspections as stick built homes, except the inspections are done at the manufacturing facility. Modular homes in comparison to Manufactured homes are more expensive to build due to the higher standards, materials and quality of workmanship. For appraisals and re-sale value, Modular homes are treated as site built homes.
What is a Pre-Fab Home
The term Pre-Fab Home is essentially a catch all description of homes built off-site. A home that is truly a pre-fab home has its components; i.e., floor, walls, roof built in a factory environment but with extensive assembly work needed at the site.
What is a Manufactured Home
Manufactured homes are constructed to comply with the National Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (The HUD Code), a uniform building standard administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The HUD code, under federal law, preempts all local building codes for these single-family dwellings making it much easier to obtain permits. These types of homes are most common in “park communities”.
Some people say that modular homes can be bought for a fraction of the price of a tradition home. Although modular homes are a bargain, you should be realistic in your expectations. You can expect a savings in the price as well as savings in maintenance and energy costs. Modular homes are a great value, and the cost efficiency savings increases as the size of the home increases. A great benefit of the modular process comes from the large buying power of the manufacturer, the larger the home the greater savings on the materials and labor. Let our modular home designers assess your needs based on your individual lifestyle, not on the size of your pocket book.
People are under the impression that modular homes are more difficult to finance. In fact, because of the popularity that modular homes have gained in recent years many financial institutions are excited about financing modular homes due to faster completion times, fewer cost overruns and overall positive client feedback.
The most common misconception of modular housing is that modular and manufactured homes are the same. Although both are built in a factory setting, that is where the similarities end. Manufactured houses are built to preemptive federal codes, which are governed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD code allows for homes to be built using a steel chassis and liberal building practices. Manufactured homes are typically found in park communities and are often referred to as “double wides”. Modular homes are always built in compliance with Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA) guidelines which are more demanding than the HUD code. They are built using conventional building materials as used by stick built housing builders.
The construction processes of our modular homes are held to a higher standard than on-site construction. The modular process utilizes proven processes and methods to build a quality home that is built for generations to come. Most of the processes can only be effectively done in a factory environment.
Beginning at the framing, the major components such as walls and floors are fastened together with nails and a special adhesive to provide a stronger bond than just nails alone. On-site stick-built homes are usually only nailed. In addition, modular home construction builds the floor with a double perimeter band rather than a single band used by stick builders. This added band makes the floor exceptionally strong and rigid. An integrated center beam is used in the floor system which allows for taller finished ceilings in basements. Stick built homes have a steel beam which drops below the floor joists and can decreases the basement finished ceiling height. Since the homes are built with perfectly square jigs, the floors are also perfectly square and the walls join properly. In two-story modular homes the structure is strengthened by installing both floor and ceiling joists to make it independently as strong as the first floor. This method of construction for a two-story modular home also reduces noise between floors.A stick built home has only one set of floor joists between the first and second floors.
Below is an excerpt from a Fema report regarding the structural integrity of modular homes after Hurricane Andrew.
Fema report – Modular Homes Stronger than Site Built, Building Systems magazine March 2003
“Building Performance: Hurricane Andrew in Florida” assessment teams from FEMA concluded that modular homes withstood the 131-135 mph winds of the category 4 storm in August 1992 far better than site-built housing.
Overall, relatively minimal structural damage was noted in modular housing developments. The module-to-module combination of units appears to have provided an inherently rigid system that performed much better than conventional presidential framing. This was evident in both the transverse and longitudinal directions of the modular buildings.
Other standards the modular factory uses in the construction process are metal plates to join the tops of intersecting interior and exterior walls. Steel straps are used along the bottom and top of each side of the marriage wall, which is where the two modules go together. They tie together the wall studs and the bottom plate of the wall and the perimeter of the ceiling. Modular construction also bonds drywall to the ceilings and walls with sprayed adhesive that is considerably stronger than screws or nails alone. This provides a better finish and prevents annoying nail pop outs, which you get with stick-built homes.
Modular homes are not exposed to the elements during construction. There are three primary benefits with a climate-controlled environment. First, it eliminates poor workmanship, which occurs when construction crews have to work in very hot or cold weather conditions. Second, it prevents materials from weather related damage such as freezing, excessive heat and humidity.Third, it enables the modular home company to avoid weather-related delays that delays the homebuyer from moving in (90-120 days versus 7-12 months for site-built construction).
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When an on-site stick-built home is constructed, the workers are required to complete the home throughout the weather changes. The progress is often impeded from the heat, cold, wind and rain and workers will often cut corners and perform substandard quality to find relief from the weather. Often the contractor’s materials are also exposed to the elements as soon as they are dropped off. Due to added moisture from the rain or the direct sunlight this can cause warping of lumber even after the house is framed. Once it dries out it causes more than just warping but also shirking, twisting, and bending that results in bowed walls, drywall cracks, squeaky floors, and protruding nails and/or screws.
Climate control is one of the many quality assurances modular factories use to ensure high quality or workmanship and materials. The workers are always in a comfortable environment and when the materials are delivered to the factory, they are stored in climate-controlled conditions. Upon completion of your modular home, it is wrapped tightly with protective coverings for the journey to the job site.
Unlike stick built homes, modular homeowners are able to move into their homes in less time with less stress. Once the home is placed on the foundation it only takes approximately 60-90 days to complete the home and receive the required inspections from the local building official.
Additions and tear downs
Building an addition or a complete knock down and re-build can be done faster, easier, and more efficient than traditional methods. A modular addition to your existing home can be less invasive than traditional construction methods and completed in less time. If your plans involve a complete tear down of an existing home and a re-build on the same piece of property a modular home will only displace you and your family for just a few short months. This allows you to move quickly and easily into your dream home sooner.
Large families commercial applications
Modular components are also popular with multi-families and light commercial applications. There is no limit on a variety of challenging projects within the community when going modular. Multi-family and commercial projects can take twice as long and cost twice as much when using traditionally on-site stick-built methods. A modular process cost less, holds higher quality standards, and results in faster completion times.
Modular homes can go almost anywhere
There are almost no limits to where we can build your modular home. If you feel your dream home location is too challenging for a modular home construction project, please feel free to consult an Oasis Homes sales representative for further details and explore what options are available for you and your dream home location.