The popularity of modular homes has aided construction industry professionals in the daily hurdles of their job. To understand how huge the effect on the construction industry as a whole, below are the differences of traditional construction and modular homes while noting the drawbacks and benefits of each.
What is a Modular Home?
Built off-site, modular homes in Philippines are constructed in sections in a factory setting then transported and installed to the foundation where the house will have to stand.
Various companies offer manufactured modular homes. The popular opinion that they all look the same is a complete fabrication. Aside from varying in designs, the houses can also be highly customized depending on the specifications set by the homeowner. They can be made using materials requested by the homeowner but rest assured that they are always crafted with the highest standards.
Benefits of Module Homes
- Construction timeline
Weather can delay the construction of a traditional home. But weather is never a problem in modular home construction. This makes the construction relatively faster. Delays and complaints are also avoided by building the houses in a controlled environment in the factory.
- Structural Integrity and Quality Control
Managers can be able to easily monitor the construction of specific sections of the house. This is very important to ensure the quality of the modules.
Though modular homes and traditional homes are built with regulator codes, modular homes are further installed with additional safety features which come handy during the transport to the actual site.
Environmental concerns have pushed the shift in building industry. The use of sustainable materials has become so popular while they also become cost-efficient.
The construction of modules has been meticulously fitted to be environmentally sustainable making the homeowner save in the long run while also helping the environment.
Less material wastes translate to lesser costs. Lesser construction time also translates to lesser additional costs on the homeowner’s part.
On-site builders also spent lesser time to complete the project in the site. This means that they spend less in travel and accommodation while working on the modular house project. This also allows them to easily work in their next project.
Drawbacks of Modular Homes
- Land Restrictions
Although not always realized, there are covenants which specify that only brick homes should be constructed in certain areas. Modular homes can be built with brick facades. They will however raise the costs also reducing the sustainable value of the house thus almost always avoided.
- Luxury Builds
Luxury builds are not compatible with modular homes. Features and designs of luxury build houses have the possibility to not fit the styles and materials of the modular home thus it would be best to opt for traditional construction.
- Built-up Areas
Built-up urban areas may not be the best location for a modular home. Narrow alleys and power lines may make the assembly of the sections particularly difficult. This can delay the on-site assembly and can raise the installation costs of the modular house