What is the difference between manufactured and modular?
Both manufactured and modular homes are built in a factory controlled environment.
The difference is the building code (or building standards) to which they are built. There are property standards set forth by the Housing and Urban Development department (HUD) which governs the manufactured housing industry. All HUD homes are built to HUD code and are inspected at the factory level by a HUD approved inspection agency. Modular homes are built to local and state building codes (IRC) for the state the home will reside in. These homes are inspected at a factory level by a licensed state building inspector.
So which is better?
The real question is not which is better but which code is required for the location in which you choose to put your home. Some areas will only allow a modular home and other will allow both. Both HUD and IRC codes are established to provide standards in which builders and home manufacturers must adhere in order to qualify for FHA and traditional mortgage financing. This protects both the consumer and the lender from purchasing housing that is below national standards.
The homes purchased at Westwind homes strictly adhere and in most cases exceed the building standards set forth by HUD and IRC. Talk to your housing consultant to determine which building option is better for you.