One of every five new homes sold in Florida is a factory-built home and it’s no wonder! Today’s factory-built homes offer the foremost in quality, livability and affordability. If you’ve been thinking about a manufactured home, you’ve probably heard of a few myths and misconceptions centered around one question: Are manufactured homes safe? We want you to know the real facts… so you can judge for yourself the real benefits and value of today’s modular and manufactured homes.
Factory-built homes in Florida are designed and built to withstand even hurricane-force winds. And one of the largest insurers of factory-built homes in America has concluded that the chance of fire in a site-built home is twice that of today’s factory-built home. Thanks to stringent building codes, safety inspections standards, and Florida’s comprehensive installation requirements, a Florida factory-built home may be the safest home you can buy.
All manufactured and modular homes are built to standards and codes that require the highest criteria in every aspect of construction. Manufactured homes must pass a rigorous inspection process during construction by third-party inspectors, unlike site-built homes. Modular homes are built to the same codes and standards as site-built homes, but in a controlled, efficient environment with highly skilled construction teams.
Federal standards require all newly-manufactured homes to meet stringent requirements for installation and anchoring in accordance with structural design and windstorm standards. In 1994, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), implemented stringent wind safety standards for manufactured homes after Hurricane Andrew. In 2004, the State of Florida examined manufactured homes built after July 13, 1994 and none were significantly damaged or destroyed during the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons. In 2014, an IBHS test found that manufactured homes performed better at high winds than site-built homes.
The Florida Manufactured Housing Association has a wealth of information at your fingertips to assist you in your journey to homeownership. From videos to definition of terms unique to your new factory-built home, it’s all right here.