Compared to the traditional on-site construction method of most homes, modular home construction methods bring distinct advantages to future homeowners. Importantly, modular home components are built in a climate-controlled environment, where special care can be taken to protect the integrity of the materials and the precision of the construction process.
If you’re considering a modular home, understanding some of these advantages could help inform your decision. Here are a few reasons the modular construction approach of building homes in a climate-controlled environment can benefit you (and others) in the long run.
Inherently, the term climate-controlled environment indicates an important point: construction or fabrication will be handled in an environment unaffected by day-to-day weather. Moisture, in particular, is one of the most problematic elements – one that can ruin the overall integrity of a finished home.
Of course, one of the essential building materials for homes is lumber (wood). When wood is exposed to moisture, especially consistent moisture, there is a risk of warping. Even if the warping is subtle, the effects can and will be seen in the finished home. When construction occurs on-site, there is also a risk of water infiltration, which often results in long-term structural problems well after construction is completed.
Thankfully, in a climate-controlled environment, the risk of warping wood and moisture infiltration is mitigated, resulting in a more soundly constructed home. Beyond the aesthetic benefits of untampered materials, homeowners benefit from reduced long-term maintenance costs.
The logistics of transporting building materials presents one of the most problematic challenges for on-site construction. Without the benefits of pre-construction in one facility, the number of moving parts creates more opportunities for delays and mistakes. This collection of delays results in the loss of an immensely valuable resource: time.
Since components of modular homes are pre-constructed in a climate-controlled environment, the risk of delays is diminished and there is much less of a risk of weather compromising the materials. Combined with the fact that all home components can be created square and level, the entire modular home construction process eliminates wasted time.
Due to the level of efficiency that a climate-controlled and dedicated facility provides, modular homes can sometimes be completed anywhere from 60-120 days (depending on the scope of the project). Only a controlled construction environment allows for the combination of quality, efficiency, and speed that on-site construction can’t touch.
Constructing homes in a climate-controlled facility allows builders to construct homes that are uncompromised by moisture, air-tight, and highly precise. As a result, these modular homes can consume less energy purely from the soundness of the final constructed home. So, while homeowners are saving themselves from future maintenance costs, they will also enjoy long-term energy savings.
Another challenge that plagues on-site construction is the management and reduction of waste. Controlled environments, with the benefit of readily available materials and the elimination of environmental risks, will not produce nearly as much waste as an on-site project. This translates to a smaller environmental footprint and lower overall costs for the homeowner.
The construction process for modular homes streamlines some of the more painful aspects of traditional on-site projects, but that’s not where the benefit of modular homes ends. You can realize the cost-savings and efficiency of modular homes while still making the home your own.