The little metal tags on each part of a home indicate if it is prefabricated. These tags show the house's manufacturing date, which is also shown on the electrical panel box. If there are no tags, then the house was built site-built.
Prefab houses come in two varieties: factory-built and modular. A factory-built house is one that is transported in pieces to its final location and assembled by a construction crew. Modular homes, on the other hand, are constructed in a factory and shipped unassembled to their locations. The modules are then joined together on the site.
There are three main types of prefabs: stick-frame, shell, and integrated. Stick-frame prefabs are the simplest to build and consist of wood frames with insulation and covering materials attached to them. Shell prefabs are made from steel or fiberglass shells with insulation and covering materials attached to them. Integrated prefabs are composed of both insulated and covered components that are attached to a central frame.
Stick-frame prefabs are the easiest to construct because they use simple square or rectangular shapes with straight edges. They can be built quickly by a group of people and are easy to move around if needed.
When records are not readily available, visual cues such as those available during a professional home inspection can still be used to identify when a house was built by studying its components, building materials, and even nails, fasteners, and types of saw cuts on lumber. A trained eye can also tell you a great deal about the construction methods employed at different times in housebuilding.
House styles change over time because communities require new homes to be more efficient houses for heating and cooling purposes. The style of your house will indicate how well-built it is, where the most recent improvements have been made, and even what kind of material is used for exterior siding. An old fashioned wooden house with chinked walls and a tin roof is now considered historic but still very functional.
New houses may be constructed using any of several techniques applicable to different situations. If the land is level and clean, then concrete footers should be embedded into it before pouring the foundation. This prevents moisture from causing the ground around the house to dissolve away over time. Concrete foundations are durable and easy to maintain, but they can't be moved if you want to change the location of your driveway or front yard later on.
If you need to site a house in a less than ideal location, then you should consider excavating an area for a basement instead.
Prefabricated homes are simply dwellings that have been prefabricated at a factory. The house is created in a controlled setting by highly skilled personnel rather than on-site. Modules and elements are the two basic categories of prefabrication "options" (also known as panels). Each module or panel is a separate piece that is transported to the building site and then joined together to form the complete house.
There are three main methods for constructing prefabricated homes: frame construction, panelization, and modular construction.
In frame construction, the walls and other structural components are made from wood frames that are filled with material such as fiberglass or cement. These materials are applied to the frames and allowed to harden before another frame is put up against it. This process is repeated until all the frames are used up or until the builder decides to move on to another method. Frame construction is typically used for small single-family houses because its cost effectiveness isn't enough to justify larger projects like condos or apartments. However, it is still used for large projects if they can be ordered from a manufacturer.
In panelized construction, the exterior wall surfaces and roof are manufactured off-site at a housing development or commercial building site and delivered to the building location. The modules are then assembled on-site with the appropriate connections being made between the modules to create the final interior layout.
A prefab house is one that is created with pieces that are manufactured in a factory and then swiftly assembled on-site. A prefab building or structure is one that was constructed from elements manufactured in a factory and then swiftly assembled at the site of construction. The word "prefab" has been used to describe houses since at least 1940. There are several types of prefab houses, including modular buildings and capsule homes.
Prefab buildings are considered economical when compared to traditional build methods because they use less material per square foot than brick or wood structures. This means that fewer trips to the landfill are required for disposal of waste materials. Prefab buildings are also considered environmentally friendly because they use little or no energy during construction and can be easily disassembled and moved if necessary.
Modular buildings are constructed from panels that lock together in straight or curved lines to create walls and ceilings. These panels usually include windows and doors as well as heating and cooling systems. Modular buildings are delivered unassembled and require some degree of assembly by the builder or homeowner. They are commonly used for group housing such as apartments or condos.
Capsule homes are small single-story dwellings made up of interlocking plastic shells that contain the internal wall and floor components.
A prefabricated home, which is often designed for residential use, fulfills or exceeds the construction regulations for conventional residences. Examine the home's external end wall. Look for the red HUD label attached to the siding. The label includes the manufacturer's name and the year of manufacturing. If there are no visible signs that mark the end walls, call the manufacturer to find out who built the home and when it was completed.
Exterior features of a manufactured home include aluminum framing with vinyl or wood siding, a plastic roof, and concrete slabs for the foundation. The interior features usually include laminate flooring, paneling, and modular furniture available from home improvement stores. Some models have real stone or brick exteriors.
Manufactured homes are classified by the federal government as "mobile homes." However, this term can be confusing because it implies that these are vehicles that are pulled by trucks across the country to different sites. In fact, most mobile homes are constructed in one location and then moved to its final site. They are typically delivered on a flatbed truck or trailer and taken down at the end of the season or when they are not needed.
Mobile homes are also called "manufactured apartments," but this term can be misleading because it implies that they are small, cheap apartments. In fact, most mobile homes are larger than average single-family homes and usually cost more than traditional housing.