Modular Homes Versus Prefabricated Homes

Most people think modular and Prefab homes are the same. For a layperson, they might hold the same meaning. Today, we are going to clear this confusion once and for all. When was the last time you saw a home build? The construction, the cement, the bricks, the whole process? Cool, isn’t it? That was one way to get houses built; on-site. With the advance in technology and customer awareness, more and more people are opting for pre-manufactured houses.

Modular Home and Prefab Home – Are They the Same?

All modular homes are prefabricated, but not all prefabricated homes are modular.

A prefabricated building is any home that has some of its parts constructed in a factory. From there, those specific parts are transported to the construction site and assembled on-site. On the other hand, a modular home has several components (almost all) manufactured in a factory setting. Ever played with LEGOS? Yes, all the pieces eventually fit each other, don’t they? This is exactly what a modular home is.

The pieces are made elsewhere, and they are brought to the construction site and are assembled there. A general rule of thumb is that a house that is 70% prefabricated is modular. On the contrary, a prefab house can only have two windows made somewhere else.

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3D Illustration of a modular home being built

Do You Have The Option For a Custom Prefab Home or Modular Home?

Yes. This is a big misconception. People think that as they are factory-built, there is no option for customization. Modular homes have the option of customization. Undoubtedly, it is easier and cheaper to go for already-made designs of modular homes which different companies offer, but it is unnecessary.

We don't realize this, but most modular homes are customized. You give them your exact requirements, and they will build the house you dream of. You can also customize an existing floorplan of a modular house. It is pretty simple when you have professionals on your side.

Advantages of Modular Homes:

Out of the many advantages modular homes have, the basic three are discussed below.

·       As the components are built in factories, no weather conditions can harm them. We have heard of so many things being wasted when the rain or snow falls comes. Even once the structure is delivered, it is sealed to be waterproof. You can open it only when the actual installation takes place.

·       It is time-saving, efficient, and of better quality. The construction crew does not move from one house to another. It is the houses that move out. They are experts and already trained in doing what they do best. So, it takes less time to build more.

·       The houses built tend to be sturdier than the ones built on the construction site.

So, how do you know the difference between a prefab and a modular home? The difference is very minute. That is why most people get confused between the two terms and use them interchangeably. The reason why these are gaining popularity is how easy they are. You don't need to get in the mess of construction and the entire process of overseeing the workers and still not get a perfect result.

The best thing about Prefab and modular houses is that they can be made in every shape and size. All you need to do is tell the manufacturing company what you want and how you want it. Once it is done, see your prefab house turn into a home in no time!