Some Thoughts on Modular Home Construction

 

Modular home construction is quickly gaining recognition as a via­ble construction alternative to the customary stick-built home construc­tion, according to Gary Casazza of Gary Allen Industries, Red Bank.

Modular home building has gained recognition in the building industry as an efficient and a superior quality method of home construction,” he said. “Once a modular home is completed on your site, it is virtually impossible to distinguish it from a tra­ditional stick built home. Today’s re­ality is that true modular construc­tion is both technically advanced and of high quality.”

Today’s modular homes can now be custom built specific to architect’s plans or customers can choose the ease and cost benefits by selecting one of the hundreds of standard models which modular home manufacturers offer today.  Even standard models can be customized to a customer’s liking.

“The time, quality and cost savings in modular home con­struction are qualities that mod­ular home clients have found beneficial,” he said.  Modular homes are built in two to three weeks in a controlled factory environment versus six months to a year for the traditional site built home. In addition to cutting down the amount of time for con­struction, modular home con­struction also virtually elimi­nates the chance that element exposure can damage a house at a regular construction site and eliminates any chances of construction site delays due to inclement weather.

Modular home construction has strict quality control standards and homes are built stronger and more energy efficient than traditional stick built homes.  Modular homes generally con­tain 30 percent more lumber than traditional housing and are built and with rigorous standards to be able to withstand transporting the modules safely for a long distance.  Traveling on the highway simu­lates hurricane winds and being lifted with a crane simulates earthquake forces. Homes are built using 2×6 studs with the maximum amount of insulation possible.  Drywall and sheathing are glue-foamed to framing, creating a structural di­aphragm. Bearing walls are built with a double- or triple-headers for exceptional strength and rig­idity.  The installation of floors, roof and wall sheathing is performed under the protection of the modular factory and materials and wood are never subject to warping or damage that can be caused by outdoor weather conditions.  According to Casazza, the quality of the construction materials used by modular home manufacturers are usually better than the tradi­tional stick built homes. “The fact that modular homes are built in a factory makes them energy ef­ficient, strong and secure.”

Once delivered to the site, the modules are then lifted by a crane onto a foundation. The modules are fastened by a set crew to create a self-supporting structure using exacting measurements.  It is an amazing process to watch.  Where there was once an empty lot, a beautiful custom home exits on the property by the end of the day as if it had always been there!

All Gary Allen homes are built to Energy Star Standards and can be tested to confirm that they are Energy Star Compliant.  Modular homes enjoy a high rating of efficiency from utility companies because air infiltra­tion is almost eliminated. Two story models have sepa­rate floor and ceiling assemblies for quieter, more comfortable buildings.  Gary Allen installs either modular foundations, which can be installed in one day, or builds traditional concrete foundations.

An additional benefit for customers is that “Modular home manufactur­ers also include many standard features in their homes which would be an additional cost in a traditional site-built home,” added Casazza.

Gary Allen Modular Homes is a home builder in New Jersey and New York of custom-modular or stick-built homes and features several high quality modular home manufacturers.

To contact Gary Allen Indus­tries call (732) 693-4699  for New Jersey or 347-915-7551 for New York.  Visit them at garyallenmodularhomes.com or check them out on Face Book.

 

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