The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is a body under the United States Department of Homeland Security. FEMA handles disaster response and management. Over the years, FEMA has consistently praised modular homes for their excellent durability. Furthermore, even the smallest modular homes can withstand many extreme weather conditions that conventional site-built homes cannot.
In many of its reports, FEMA highlights how modular homes resist the extreme damage high winds can cause. Their report issued in 1993 on Hurricane Andrew is one such example. Below are some of the key attributes of prefabricated houses which FEMA asserts make them an ideal living option.
Quality of Workmanship
Qualified professionals build modular homes in the controlled environment of a factory. The state-of-the-art facilities used to build modular homes use the latest tools and equipment and employ highly skilled craftsmen. Furthermore, during their construction builders subject small modular homes to strict quality control tests. This ensures that each component of the house functions efficiently.
Factories construct modular homes using top-quality materials. This ensures the homes have a longer life than site built homes. Moreover, builders of modular homes highly segment their construction. Professionals in their field build each section such as roofing, flooring, and insulation. FEMA reports cite that modular homes are among the finest available, since poor workmanship, design and materials cause most of the damage to other types of homes.
FEMA reports identify that poor quality inspections are the cause of poor quality construction. Various state and local building authorities inspect modular homes rigorously. However, unlike site-built homes, all prefab houses — even small modular homes — undergo inspections at each step of their building process. This ensures that all components of the home function effectively, with the very least chance failure.
A FEMA report states that “Relatively minimal structural damage was noted in modular housing developments.” This is largely due to the unique design features of prefab homes. Indeed, modular home design ensures a naturally rigid support system for the home that can withstand winds up to 155 MPH and storms up to category 4.