What is a Prefabricated Home?

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What makes a home prefabricated and why is it the best housing option for your family? Learn more in this article.

What is a prefabricated home?

Prefabricated homes are built in sections in a home building facility then moved to a home site and assembled. True to definition, Clayton pre-built homes are modular and manufactured homes that are quality built in climate controlled facilities then shipped and assembled at the homeowner's home site.

Manufactured homes must meet federal codes administered by theDepartment of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, which assures strength and durability, fire resistance, energy efficiency and quality while modular homes are built to the same state, local and/or regional codes as site built homes.

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Why is a prefabricated house a better value?

A spacious, quality home that reflects your personal style at a price you can comfortably afford. if that's your dream, we can help make it a reality. Because each Clayton Built® home is built in a world class home building facility, we are able to use labor and money-saving techniques that not only allow us to build your dream home with quality and efficiency but also allow us to pass savings on to you so you get more home for your money.

What are the types of prefabricated homes?

There are 3 different types of prefabricated homes, but they all have one thing in common: they are built in climate controlled facilities. However, the three types of prefab homes are different due to the applicable building codes each must follow. The 3 types of prefabricated homes include:

  • Mobile homes — Often used interchangeably with the term manufactured, mobile homes are actually a thing of the past due to the National Mobile Home Construction and Safety Act that went into effect in 1976 to improve how the homes were built. Then, the Housing Act of 1980 mandated that the term "manufactured" be used in place of "mobile". So, if you buy a pre-owned home that was built prior to 1976, it is a mobile home.
  • Manufactured homes — Once known as mobile homes, manufactured homes come in three size: Single, double and triple section. Manufactured homes are the improved version of the mobile homes of the past. If the home is built after 1976 according to HUD Code, it is a manufactured home; however, manufactured homes can still be moved! If you buy a new Clayton Built® home, it will be a manufactured or modular home.
  • Modular homes — Like a manufactured home, a modular home is built indoors, but they are not required to follow HUD code. Instead, modular homes are built to conform to all applicable state, local and regional building codes that are necessary for the location of the home – just like a site built home.

The types of prefabricated homes Clayton builders construct are manufactured and modular homes.

The History of the Prefabricated Home

Since 1976, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, has regulated the construction of all manufactured and prefabricated homes. Prior to the 1976 legislation, standards and codes were voluntary. Today, Clayton Built® homes meet or exceed all local, municipal or federal codes to make sure your dream homes is safe and quality built. If your family is looking for your own beautiful, affordable slice of the world to call home, visit a Clayton home center near you to find the prefabricated home of your dreams!

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