Manufactured Vs Modular Homes
Both manufactured (mobile) homes and modular homes are classified as manufactured housing, but they are different. Both are manufactured in a factory setting. Modular homes lack axles and an automotive-type frame typical of manufactured homes. However, like manufactured homes, some modular houses are towed behind a semi-truck on a frame similar to that of a manufactured home. The house is usually in two or more pieces and is hauled by two or more separate trucks. Each frame has five or more axles, depending on the size of the house. Once the house reaches the owners desired location, unlike a manufactured home, the axles and the tongue of the frame are then removed, and the house is set on a concrete foundation by a large crane. Most modern modular homes, once fully assembled, are indistinguishable from site-built homes. Their roofs are usually transported as separate units, eradicating the telltale roofline of the manufactured home.
As the legal differentiation between the two becomes more codified, the market for modular homes is likely to grow. The traditional manufactured home industry would seem to have a bright future as well. With the ever increasing demand for housing, the price of housing continues to increase rapidly. The constant improvement of quality and features of manufactured homes most zoning restrictions on modular homes have been dropped and has led to greater acceptance by a growing segment of the marketplace. Insurers and lenders are also more likely to treat the higher-end manufactured home as they would a traditional home.