Are you confused by the difference between modular and manufactured homes? You aren’t alone. Many people get confused by the terms. When we talk about the homes offered by Excelsior Homes the terms “Modular” and “Manufactured” get referenced regularly because they are industry standard terms. Would you like clarification on what the different is between the two types of homes? We can help!
The technical difference between modular and manufactured homes comes down to the building code that they follow.
- Modular = Modular homes are built to local and state building codes and standards, known as the International Building Code (IBC). IBC is the same building standard to which all site-built structures follow.
- Manufactured = Manufactured Homes are built to a federally mandated building code, known as HUD code. This building code is also known as the Manufactured Home Construction & Safety Standards.
Home Descriptions or Terms
Perhaps the building codes don’t help you understand the difference. Additional terminology and descriptions of the homes often helps people comprehend the difference.
- Modular = Also known as prefabricated, prefab, or factory stick built homes.
- Manufactured = Also know as singlewide, doublewide, triplewide, sectionals or mobile homes.
The difference foundation options are also a differentiation point.
- Modular – Built specifically for a basement or crawl space on personal property.
- Manufactured – Installed on frost piers, engineered slabs, or basements. Can be installed on personal property or rented/leased property such as mobile home parks or communities.
The items above aren’t the only differences, but they are often the topics that are easiest understood. If you’d like a side by side comparison you’ll see that in our modular vs manufactured guide. People often find this guide helpful as they determine which type of home fits their housing needs.
At Excelsior Homes we offer both modular and manufactured homes. Many of the floor plans offered can be built as a modular or manufactured home, so if you are interested in a particular model let us know. We may be able to adjust it to your modular or manufactured needs. We love helping people find a perfect home for their needs.
Visit the Modular vs Manufactured Guide for more information.