One of the stereotypes of Manufactured Homes is that they are similar to the recreational vehicles that we often see traveling on the road, with possibly a car towed behind. While Manufactured Homes are considered homes that are sometimes mobile, they do not typically travel except from the factory to the site.
There are two types of Manufactured Homes.
The Single Section home is built to completion within the factory. It is constructed in various lengths with usual widths of 14 to 16 feet. When completed, the single-section home is transported to the site and placed on the chosen foundation.
The Mulit-Section home is also built in the factory, but it is transported to the home site in two or more sections. Many developers and contractors prefer multi-section homes because their quality, durability, and style fit perfectly with neighboring site built homes.
Manufactured Home: Built entirely in the factory under federal code administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This went into effect June 15, 1976, and has been upgraded numerous times. Covers single or multi-section homes and includes transport to the site and installation. Regulations include: design & construction, strength & durability, transportability, fire resistance, energy efficiency & quality.
Mobile Home: The term mobile home is used for homes built prior to June 15, 1976, when HUD code went into effect. Voluntary standards were previously in effect.
Modular Home: Built to state, local or regional code where home will be located. Multi-section units are transported to sites and installed.
Panelized Home: Built in factory, where panels that include windows, doors, wiring & siding, are transported to site and assembled. Codes are set by state or locality where sited.
Pre-Cut Home: Materials are factory cut to design specifications and then transported to the site and assembled. Examples are: kit, log and dome homes. Standards are set by state and locality.