Another Definition of Manufactured Homes

The answer may surprise you.

A manufactured home is a single-family house constructed entirely in a controlled factory environment, built to the federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards – better known as the HUD Code.

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Factory-Built Homes

Many types of structures are built in the factory and designed for long-term residential use. In the case of manufactured and modular homes, units are built in a factory, transported to the site and installed. In panelized and pre-cut homes, essentially flat subassemblies (factory-built panels or factory-cut building materials) are transported to the site and assembled. The different types of factory-built housing can be summarized as follows:

Manufactured Homes: These are homes built entirely in the factory under a federal building code administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The HUD Code went into effect June 15, 1976. Manufactured homes may be single- or multi-section and are transported to the site and installed. The federal standards regulate manufactured housing design and construction, strength and durability, transportability, fire resistance, energy efficiency and quality. The HUD Code also sets performance standards for the heating, plumbing, air conditioning, thermal and electrical systems. It is the only federally-regulated national building code. On-site additions, such as garages, decks and porches, often add to the attractiveness of manufactured homes and must be built to local, state or regional building codes.

Modular Homes: These factory-built homes are built to the state, local or regional code where the home will be located. Modules are transported to the site and installed.

Panelized Homes: These are factory-built homes in which panels -a whole wall with windows, doors, wiring and outside siding – are transported to the site and assembled. The homes must meet state or local building codes where they are sited.

Pre-Cut Homes: This is the name for factory-built housing in which building materials are factory-cut to design specifications, transported to the site and assembled. Pre-cut homes include kit, log and dome homes. These homes must meet local, state or regional building codes.

Mobile Homes: This is the term used for manufactured homes produced prior to June 15, 1976, when the HUD Code went into effect. By 1970, these homes were built to voluntary industry standards that were eventually enforced by 45 of the 48 contiguous states.

Source: Manufactured Housing Institute

It is Possible to Get a Nice Home Even in this Tough Economy!

The current recession has been the worst one since the Great Depression and the housing market has been one of the hardest hit sectors. The Manufactured housing industry has not been immune to these market conditions and lower new home sales have caused factories to be shut down and companies to declare bankruptcy.

However, there are positive developments worth noting. The fact is that manufactured homes provide the greatest combination of quality of living and value of any type of residence on the market. As a manufactured home retailer, we have strongly performed this past year, and we are always striving to improve and we are very excited about our ability to serve your needs.

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As a company, we look for the same things in our suppliers as you do: the best quality product, the best quality service, the best value, and stability moving forward. That is why we have partnered with Karsten Home and Skyline Homes to bring you the best homes available.

Additionally, times of economic turbulence tend to be times of innovation and you need to look no further than the Alliance Designer Series of homes for a prime example of the benefits such times can bring to the consumer. With features such as nine foot flat ceilings, crown molding throughout, extensive beech wood cabinetry, and granite or corian countertops, these homes are truly in a class of their own and represent the future of manufactured homes.

During the tough economic times, the cream rises to the top as people value their hard earned dollars more and do more research before making their purchasing decisions. Buying a house is the biggest purchasing decision of all, and we are happy to say that we are now the #1 retailer in Santa Clara County after opening our doors three years ago. The eight partners at Alliance Homes have a combined 146 years of experience in the manufactured housing industry, so it is safe to say that we have both seen and thrived in all sorts of markets and are here to stay.

What is a Manufactured Home?

Manufactured housing (also known as prefabricated housing) is a type of housing unit that is largely assembled in factories and then transported to sites of use.

In the United States, the term manufactured housing specifically refers to a house built entirely in a protected environment under a federal code set by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The term mobile home describes factory-built homes produced prior to the 1976 HUD Code enactment.

The original focus of this form of housing was its mobility. Units were initially marketed primarily to people whose lifestyle required mobility. However, beginning in the 1950s, these homes began to be marketed primarily as an inexpensive form of housing designed to be set up and left in a location for long periods of time, or even permanently installed with a masonry foundation. Previously, units had been eight feet or less in width, but in 1956, the 10-foot (3.0 m) wide home was introduced. This helped solidify the line between mobile and house/travel trailers, since the smaller units could be moved simply with an automobile, but the larger, wider units required the services of a professional trucking company. In the 1960s and ’70s, the homes became even longer and wider, making the mobility of the units more difficult. Today, when a factory-built home is moved to a location, it is usually kept there permanently.

Both types of homes – manufactured and modular – are commonly referred to as factory built housing, but they are not identical. Modular homes are transported on flatbed trucks rather than beingtowed, and lack axles and an automotive-type frame. However, some modular houses are towed behind a semi-truck or toter on a frame similar to that of a trailer. The house is usually in two pieces and is hauled by two separate trucks. Each frame has five or more axles, depending on the size of the house. Once the house has reached its location, the axles and the tongue of the frame are then removed, and the house is set on a concrete foundation by a large crane. Most modern modular homes, once fully assembled, are indistinguishable from site-built homes. Their roofs are usually transported as separate units, eradicating the telltale roof line of the factory built home.

Source: Wikipedia