At Unibilt Custom homes all materials used in the construction of your new home are stored indoors, under roof and are never exposed to rain, ice, sleet or snow. Lumber, drywall, insulation, roof decking, floor decking and wall sheathing are always kept dry, either in our 85,000 square foot plant or in our 15,000 square foot warehouse. Our critical materials are delivered dry and kept that way.
That question is asked hundreds of times across the United States by bankers, realtors, zoning officials and the general home buying public. There is a clear difference in the two. The term “mobile home” has been replaced in technical and legal jargon by the term “manufactured housing” in recent years. To further confuse the issue modular homes often are referred to as off site built, pre-fabricated, industrialized, systems built, as well as other terminology that has been used in various situations.
In general manufactured homes (formerly mobile homes) are built to comply with a code developed in 1976 referred to as the HUD Code. This code requires that any home built to comply must be attached to a permanent chassis---a steel frame. In general due to this steel chassis the structural elements required differ from those required for modular or conventional construction. (For example 2x6 floor joists can be used versus 2x10 floor joists in modular or conventional home construction.)