What are the Differences Between Modular and Site-Built Homes?
As long as I have worked in the Asheville real estate market, one of the most common questions I have been asked is the difference between modular and “stick-built” construction. Or sometimes, buyers want to understand the differences between modular and mobile homes. The term “modular” is often associated with mobile homes, especially doublewide mobile homes. This can be the case, but it’s important to understand that there are 2 main types of modular homes, and they are not all “mobile.”
Off-Frame Modular Homes vs. On-Frame Modular Homes
Off-frame modular homes are essentially the same as stick-built homes, in that they are built to North Carolina Building Codes. Most off-frame modular homes in the Asheville area are built with 2 x 6 walls, offering superior insulation compared to 2 x 4 walls. These homes are built in a factory, so the materials are not susceptible to damage from weather. And since weather is not a factor, off-frame modular homes can be built in 6 months or less.
Keep in mind that the home’s foundation will be built on-site, while the modular parts of the home are under construction in the factory. Many modular homes in Asheville are built on basements, and poured concrete walls are a popular choice.