Don’t get confused by the different terms. Here’s a good explanation of the pros and cons of manufactured vs modular homes.

Modular vs Manufactured Homes: What’s the Difference?

You hear the phrase ‘modular home’ sometimes used interchangeably with ‘manufactured home’. The two are very different though, so let’s explore.

First, it’s understandable that there is confusion, because ‘modular homes’ are indeed manufactured in the safe, controlled environment of a factory. However there are many differences.

Manufactured Home

Manufactured home is a label that is used to describe what used to be called ‘mobile homes’ or ‘trailers’. They tend to be small, inexpensive, and are not built to the same stringent code as modular and site built homes are. Some characteristics of manufactured homes:

  • Affordable
  • Usually on wheels – not built on a foundation
  • Often installed on land that is leased rather than owned
  • Limited to single story
  • Transported on steel chassis that stays under the house
  • Conform only to HUD code – means thinner walls, lighter construction
  • Not eligible for traditional mortgage financing
  • Prone to depreciation – difficult to add on or improve
  • Limited ability to customize

Modular Home

Modular homes are also manufactured in a factory. The controlled environment of the factory keeps the building materials from warping or cracking due to weather exposure. Inspected in the factory during construction to ensure that they meet stringent building codes. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors says that modular homes “take less time to construct than site-built homes, are more energy-efficient, and generally cost less” and that “they also tend to be constructed using more precise building techniques and with more building material than comparable site-built residences”. Some other characteristics of modular homes:

  • Must conform to the same stringent codes as site-built homes.
  • Are sturdier than site built homes, due to rigidity required for highway transport
  • Not exposed to weather conditions during construction
  • Inspected by third party inspectors
  • Are treated by banks like traditional site built homes – can be financed or refinanced
  • Can be customized to meet your needs
  • Are built and delivered just 4-6 months from time of order
  • Delivered to the site in modules that are installed on a foundation with a crane

Riverwood Cabins are Certified Modular Homes which gives you the best outcome. You gain the added sturdiness and predictability of a factory built home but the long term value and beauty of a traditional home.

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