Mobile vs. Modular vs. Manufactured: What’s the Difference?

Throughout Arizona, manufactured and mobile homes are a popular housing choice. They’re affordable and fit quite nicely against the desert drop back. But have you ever wondered what the difference is between these two types of homes?

The term modular also gets thrown around a lot, too. But what do all these different terms actually mean? Is there really a difference? Yes, and it all comes down to coding. In order to classify a home, it has to fit under the right code. Although a modular or manufactured home looks like it was built on site, the fact is that it was built at a facility, which follows different coding requirements. These types of homes are manufactured off site and then delivered to the home site. The homes are built to local and state standards, however, this still seems confusing because even mobile homes are built off-site.

To finally clarify the difference between mobile and manufactured homes, we’ve put together this informative article. Read on to learn more about mobile and manufactured homes and decide which one is right for you.

What is a Mobile Home?

The public tends to lump manufactured and mobile homes into the same category, but there has been a definite distinction between them since 1974 when The National Mobile Home Construction and Safety Act was passed. A couple of years later, the HUD Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (HUD Code) confirmed the standard codes for these homes using the following factors:

  •  Fire safety
  •  Energy efficiency
  •  Plumbing
  •  Electric
  •  Design and construction
  •  Body and frame requirements
  •  Thermal protection
  •  And more

According to the HUD Code, these specifications were put in place to improve upon the quality, safety, and durability of manufactured homes. This makes these types of residential homes the only ones regulated by a federal building code.

The History of the Mobile Home

Prior to instituting this code in 1976, mobile homes, otherwise known as trailer homes, were produced on a mass scale. The American public demanded them due to their affordability and mobility, however, there was little oversight when it came to building design and construction.

The mobile home became popular as far back as the 1900s because families wanted to be able to easily move to where the jobs were at the time. If a family was living in Maine but found there were more jobs in Massachusetts’ factories, they could easily move their home, family, and belongings to a new city or state. In fact, mobile homes are the beginnings of today’s camper. Back then, mobile homes were usually built on steel I-beams that could be set up on blocks or even a concrete foundation.

Mobile homes also played a part in WWII. They were used as temporary housing for those who needed to travel far distances to help in the war effort. After the war ended and returning veterans needed affordable housing, the mobile home was the obvious choice.

By the 1960s, the demand for affordable mobile homes was huge, and people wanted more amenities to go along with them. The result was larger mobile homes that looked like traditional homes but were more affordable.

What is a Manufactured Home?

First off, manufactured homes are not the same as mobile homes. There are big differences. For example, manufactured homes are built to three sizes: single wide, double wide, and triple wide. The homes are built in climate controlled facilities and come with customizable options, such as carpeting, flooring, cabinets, exterior finish, and more. That’s how we build our manufactured homes at Homes Direct, serving Arizona and Southern California. All of our manufactured homes go through a thorough inspection process more than once during each phase of the building process to ensure durable, safe, and proper construction is the result. Manufactured homes can be settled on foundations, blocks, or metal piers. They can also be easily relocated with the help of a contractor who specializes in delivering and moving manufactured homes.

Choose Home Direct for Your Manufactured Home

When you opt for a manufactured home over a traditionally built home, you can’t even tell the difference between the two once construction is complete. What’s even better is that manufactured homes are customizable and have several benefits over a traditional home, including energy efficiency. Because our homes are built in a climate controlled facility, this reduces the amount of waste we produce. Another benefit is the shorter build time. Manufactured homes are factory assembled, which is a much quicker process than what it takes to build a traditional home. Finally, each manufactured home is created by skilled craftsmen to ensure it is built to the highest standards. Our homes are also built to HUD Code.

The team at Home Direct is committed to building quality, affordable manufactured homes for singles, families, couples, and retirees. We strive to create a class of quality homes that are sustainable, energy-efficient, durable, and beautiful. Like other homes, manufactured homes can be financed. This happened only recently, which makes the manufactured housing market even easier to obtain. Today’s manufactured homes have come a long way – they’re created with state-of-the art designs and technology that makes them a popular choice for Arizona and Southern California residents.

If you’re looking for an affordable lifestyle and considering beautiful, well-built manufactured homes in Arizona, then give Home Direct a call today. Our friendly team will answer all your questions and concerns and help you get on the path toward homeownership in Arizona or Southern California. We will work with you every step of the way, designing your manufactured home with all your customizable options in place before the factory process starts. Call us today to discuss different options and see some of the manufactured homes we have built over the years.

Our prices are some of the most competitive in the manufactured housing market. Not only do we build your home at reasonable price, we also help you locate the best contractor for delivery and installation. At Homes Direct, we are with you every step of the way.