Before you decide on what building method to use in constructing your home, it is best to explore and know more about the options available to you. In this article, we compare prefab homes to traditionally built houses. We scrutinize the ins and outs of the two building methods to see which one produces better and cheaper results. If you are not yet familiar with prefabricated homes (also known as prefab homes, manufactured homes or modular homes), this article will give you the basics and the advantages of prefab homes you ought to know.
Before comparing the two, let us first understand what a prefab home is. Prefab homes, as defined by the Collin’s Dictionary, is a building or a structure that has been made from parts which were assembled in a factory and then quickly put together at the place where the structure is to be built.
Time To Build
Traditionally Built Homes take longer to build. This is because bad weather conditions is a major area of concern in building houses such as this. According to research done by Research Gate, contractors consider weather constraints as one of the prime and crucial circumstances affecting the time it takes to build or construct a house. ESub says that “If you’re on an excavation project, there’s nothing like a bit of rain to turn that freshly dug hole into a mud pit that’s ready to swallow an excavator or any other machine you drive into it. High winds can often put a stop to high rise construction or a roofing job, and there’s no end to the delays that can result from flooding, or worse, a Tornado or Hurricane.”
Bad weather conditions, however, have minimal to no effect in the building/prefabrication process of modular homes. Since they are built inside a factory, delays caused by unforeseeable and inevitable adverse weather conditions like typhoons, hurricanes and tornadoes.
Cost To Build
Traditionally built homes are more expensive to build because there are more materials required to be used in constructing stick-built structures. Moreover, manpower costs build up everytime the construction gets delayed or in the event of any adverse occurrence due to uncontrollable factors such as, as said a while ago, weather conditions.
On the other hand, Prefab Homes are more cost-effective. This building method costs less than the average traditionally built houses because they are made in a controlled environment — inside a factory. Because the materials are prefabricated inside a factory, spoilage of materials due to sudden changes in temperature or exposure to humidity or moisture are less likely to happen.
Also, in relation to the shorter time needed to build a modular home, labor hours become shorter and more efficient due to the minimal occurrence of delay. Therefore, manpower fees are also more or less saved. Moreover, the added benefit of the construction or building process being done indoors is that loss of materials due to pilferage, theft or robbery is less likely to occur.
Energy and Waste Efficiency
In relation to the cost-effective feature of modular homes, they produce less waste because the pre-manufactured materials are easier to recycle. Due to the materials being in a controlled environment, factors adversely affecting the materials are substantially avoided, if not completely obliterated.
Moreover, prefab homes are popular for their energy efficient features. Compared to Traditionally Built houses, the former produces up to 50% less energy consumption thanks to the material’s modern specifications. Most prefab homes use thermally efficient windows that help insulate your house. Therefore energy bills, especially during the cold season, tend to be lower.