California is known for many hot topics, one of those hot topics being earthquakes. For a few years now, many have wondered when the next big earthquake will strike California. In recent weeks earthquakes having been striking and causing damage all over the world. These recent earthquakes have led many potential buyers to ponder how well a manufactured home will fair during one.
In an interview with Ara Sarkisian, a partner in Alliance Manufactured Homes, with an extensive background in engineering, architecture, and construction, addresses the safety features of manufactured homes.
What are some common misconceptions about the safety of manufactured homes?
“The biggest misconception is that manufactured homes are flimsy and fall apart easy. This is due to the videos we see on television about old mobile home parks in hurricanes. The fact of the matter is that the new manufactured homes are built as strong as or stronger than conventional homes.”
With the recent earthquakes hitting all over the world, how would manufactured homes fair in earthquakes?
“Manufactured homes fair very well during earthquakes. They are built with a high percentage of shear walls, which offers great structural support during any shaking or rattling from an earthquake.”
Do manufactured home parks have an emergency drill in place when earthquakes hit?
“Manufactured home parks have emergency procedures including evacuation procedures for any type of natural disaster. Here in the Bay Area, we would mostly be dealing with earthquakes, floods, or power outages. The manufactured home parks are required by the state of California to have on file Evacuation Procedures for their residents.”
How big of a magnitude does an earthquake need to cause major damage to manufactured homes?
“The answer to that remains unknown. We had an earthquake in 1989, that was 7.9 magnitude and the manufactured homes made it through that shake just fine.”
What is the difference between manufactured homes in mobile home parks versus residential homes foundation wise?
“Manufactured homes in mobile home parks are constructed onto a non-permanent foundation. They are not installed on a concrete foundation like residential homes are. They are installed onto a series of steel support piers. These piers offer structural foundation support as well as seismic support for any lateral forces caused by earthquakes. In some cases, this is actually preferred over a rigid concrete foundation system.”
Can older manufactured homes withstand earthquakes? If not, how often are manufactured homes replaced or upgraded?
“The newer the home the greater the structural integrity. The new manufactured homes are built to upgraded codes and higher engineering standards. These new homes replace the old manufactured homes every day throughout the area.”
Is there any reason you can think of that would cause someone not buy a manufactured home due to the threat of an earthquake?
“No. My experience is these homes are completely safe.”
Hopefully the interview shed light on the stability of manufactured homes and how well they withstand natural disasters. The foundation that manufactured homes stand on is one of the positives in purchasing a home! Safety is always a concern so – Why COMPROMISE? If you want more safety information of our homes call (888) 874-8692 to speak with one of our field agents today!