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Traditional Stick-Built Homes vs. Modular Homes

There’s a lot of misinformation about modular homes. In fact, there seems to be a lack of information about modular homes in general. But don’t let that stop you from investing in a home that is the future of affordable and sustainable living in the Florida Keys.

The main thing you should know is that modular homes aren’t necessarily a type of home. Rather, they are a unique way in which homes are built. Most people are familiar with traditional homes that are built from the ground up, on-site, with a ton of time and commitment thrown into the project.

Modular homes take a different approach by building the home off-site in a factory-controlled setting. The home is built in pieces, or modules, and then transported to the final destination to be fully assembled. This offers a multitude of inherent benefits for the homeowner. Read on to learn more.

Modular Homes Are One of the Strongest Homes to Build in the Florida Keys

In the wake of constant hurricane seasons, modular homes have stood the test of time. They almost always fare better than standard homes due to their unique building style and technique. In fact, after the destruction of Hurricane Irma in 2017, not a single Palm Harbor* modular home was destroyed.

This is due to a number building factors:

  • Modular homes use the finest materials to pass several quality checks and inspections.
  • The controlled factory environment protects each module from moisture damage and exposure to outside elements that might weaken joints or make parts of the structure more vulnerable.
  • Craftsmen build within an optimal workspace where they don’t have to construct the home from awkward angles, unfavorable conditions, or with limited toolsets.
  • Walls, frames, and roofs are built on framing tables to ensure constituency and quality every time.
  • We set up stations for each module with the required craftsmen available to successfully build the part.

Structurally-sound building strategies are used to make modular homes more durable and resistant to storms. This includes the use of kingposts around doors and windows, ring nails and construction adhesive to firmly hold sections, and metal gang nail plates to strengthen trusses.

Overall, traditional stick-built homes have a higher room for error and lack essential building strategies to make up for time, budgets, and unsavory building conditions. That’s why modular homes win out when it comes to surviving the harsh winds and water common during the storm seasons.

Florida Key home builders and homeowners are starting to see the reality and potential of modular homes. And after the most recent hurricane season, they’re probably one of the most affordable housing options available to Florida Key residents today!

*Palm Harbor is a brand name manufacturer of modular homes and a trusted supplier for Key Modular Homes.