How Are Manufactured and Modular Home Windows Different?

Are mobile home windows different than standard site built home windows? Read more!

The key differences between manufactured homes and site built homes are differences in the building process, not the materials used to build the home. At Clayton we use many brand name materials and appliances that you may recognize for flooring, appliances and finishes.

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For windows, home builders across the country may use materials like vinyl, wood or fiberglass. Many site built home builders use vinyl windows as their standard window of choice.  At Clayton, our most popular window for manufactured and modular homes is vinyl insulated. A small percentage of our manufactured homes use aluminum windows, but around 90% of Clayton Built® homes are built with insulated vinyl windows. 

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Whether aluminum or vinyl, all of the windows in Clayton manufactured homes are double pane, single-hung, tilt-in sash windows. In case of any emergency, all of our windows can be removed by sliding the sash up – it’s as simple as that!

The Advantages of Insulated Vinyl Windows

Besides the clear advantage of a double pane window reducing your home’s energy usage, using these single-hung windows also improves your home’s energy efficiency because the window doesn’t let air in or out in as many spots as a double-hung window.

The advantages of using vinyl include resistance to impact, heat loss and condensation.* Vinyl is also durable and requires little maintenance. Additionally, we are able to purchase and produce our windows in bulk, making your home’s price more affordable in the end.

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The insulated vinyl windows offered by Clayton even have Low-E and Argon Gas options. Both options add insulating power to the windows, and Low-E mobile home windows help reduce the amount of UV rays entering a home which not only protects your family from potentially harmful rays but can also help prevent your curtains, carpet and furniture fabric colors from becoming dull.

We also use windows with varying DP levels. DP stands for “design pressure.” The level of DP is specific to a manufactured or modular home’s wind zone placement. Additionally, some windows are aluminum reinforced depending on the building code required by the home’s wind zone.

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The double-pane, insulated vinyl windows that are placed in manufactured homes are the very same windows you can find in million-dollar site built homes. Our insulated vinyl windows are not the single-pane metal windows that used to be common in mobile homes. The windows in any Clayton Built® home are designed to be strong and durable to last – just like our homes.

* "Types of Windows: Replacement Window Buying Guide." Types of Windows: Replacement Window Buying Guide. Accessed November 03, 2016. https://www.lowes.com/projects/build-and-remodel/replacement-window-buying-guide/project.

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