Manufactured or Prefab Homes: What’s The Difference?

By   December 20, 2015

Prefab HomesThere are different types of construction when it comes to home. Whether a home is brick or wood is pretty obvious, but do you know the difference between Manufactured, Panel Built, or Prefab homes? It can be confusing if you haven’t really looked at them, and many people will talk about them as if they are all the same, but they aren’t. Let’s take a look at the difference.

Prefab Homes

Prefab homes is an abbreviated name for Prefabricated Homes and is a term that encompasses a broad range of building types. When a home is built in a factory in sections and the sections are delivered to the home site, technically, this would be considered prefab homes. There are two types that fall within this group: Modular and Panel Built. And just as there are different types within a breed of dogs, where they are the same but different, so is the same with Modular Homes and Panel Built Homes. While both are considered prefab homes, they are different.

Panel Built  Homes

Panels built homes are built by laying the floor down and then lower each wall section in place. This is a useful type of construction that doesn’t work precisely as modules, but is structurally sound as other prefab homes. This type of construction is common in commercial construction and is less expensive than transporting a building in panels.

Modular Built Homes

With a modular built home, it is constructed in individual box-like modules that are secured to each other to form a complete home. The sizing is restricted somewhat because the modules are transported on flat-bed trucks and have to fit safely.

Manufactured Homes

Just like prefab homes, these are factor built as well with one big difference: They are not constructed onsite. A manufactured home is built in the factor on steel frame and wheels are welded on the frame so that the whole home is shipped and placed on the lad or a concrete.

So What Is The Difference?

One of the biggest differences in these homes is the building codes. Prefab homes must adhere to both state codes and federal codes. They also are required to undergo inspections regularly just as you would a site-built home. A manufactured home only has to adhere to HUD standards, which are more lenient.

The Resale Value

Prefab homes are considered real estate and as such, will maintain their value and may even increase just like site-built homes. However the manufactured home is considered personal property and will lose value just like an automobile.