Prefabricated Homes Primer

Written by Diane Takahashi

This is by no means an exhaustive list of what's available inrepparttar area of prefabricated homes and buildings. This article is to introduce you torepparttar 100126 world prefab. If you're inrepparttar 100127 industry, you'll probably be cringing about now atrepparttar 100128 word "prefab". But,repparttar 100129 word is one that has become synonymous with homes and buildings that have been partially or fully assembled in a factory setting.

I for one am excited to seerepparttar 100130 latest versions of modern prefabs emerging globally. They're well thought out, beautiful, and energy-efficient.

And to anyone who has any doubts aboutrepparttar 100131 quality of today's prefab homes, I'd ask, would you rather buy a house whose parts have all been crafted outdoors exposed torepparttar 100132 elements -- by hand. Or, would you rather buy a house built in a factory setting to tight specs exceeding that of site-built homes. I say exceeding, because a normal site-built home doesn't have to endurerepparttar 100133 rigors of transportation.

For your review, here are quick descriptions of 10 ofrepparttar 100134 many categories of prefab homes available for exploring at - in no particular order:

1. Manufactured

Single-family residential dwellings consisting of one, two or more sectional units and constructed to Federal HUD code. Zoning regulations and ordinances ofrepparttar 100135 local Municipality or County might not permit use of mobile and manufactured homes in all areas of their jurisdiction.

2. Modular

Modular refers to a method of building a home, rather than a type of home. A modular home can be built in a factory from a stock modular home plan or from a customized plan, torepparttar 100136 state, local or regional codes of whererepparttar 100137 home will be set up. Modular homes have not typically experiencedrepparttar 100138 zoning restrictions and discriminative ordinances applicable to manufactured and mobile homes.

3. Panelized

Panelized homes are factory-built homes in which panels — whole walls with windows, doors, wiring, and outside siding — are transported torepparttar 100139 site and assembled. Panels are made from insulating foam sandwiched between two layers of structural material. The panels are lightweight and might already be filled with insulation when they arrive onrepparttar 100140 site. The homes must meetrepparttar 100141 state or local building codes of where they are sited.

4. Steel-frame

Steel framing is an equivalent to conventional stick frame or post & beam home design whererepparttar 100142 structural lumber is replaced by steel studs and trusses or steel posts and beams. Light-Gauge Framing System features screw-together, galvanized stud-and-truss, grid-type construction system built on 4-foot center.Red-Iron Metal Post & Beam Systems features bolt-together, pre-engineered post-and-beam-type framing system that usesrepparttar 100143 red-iron steel "C" beams on 8-foot center. The prefabricated home built with this method can be single-story, two-story, and even tri-level home.

Unlike conventional wood framed home that requires interior walls to supportrepparttar 100144 roof,repparttar 100145 higher strength-to-weight ratio of steel house allows to span greater distances with less material and fewer supports. The result is higher floor layout and interior design flexibility.

Unlike wood, steel won't shrink, rot, warp, buckle, split, or be attacked by insects. This results in greater durability, lower long-term maintenance, higher energy efficiency and overall greater quality of this prefabricated home.

5. Precut

This category includes wood-framed factory-built houses or cabins where building materials are factory-cut to design specifications and transported torepparttar 100146 site to be assembled. presents prefab building kits designed as wood-framed (also known as balloon-frame, 2 x 4, 2 x 6 or stick-built construction) as well as prefabricated home kit/cabin kit using post-frame method. The homes or cabins must meet local or state building codes ofrepparttar 100147 area where they will be sited.

6. Cedar

According to Katahdin Cedar Log Homes, “Cedar is aromatic to people, and problematic to insects: The heartwood of northern white cedar produces organic compounds called thujaplicins – which create that fresh, pleasant cedar aroma. But to insect pests, such as moths and termites, cedar just plain stinks. They’ll avoid cedar homes and instead search out inviting, tasty pine structures.“

Cedar home kits include everything you need to buildrepparttar 100148 home, itself. That is to say,repparttar 100149 walls,repparttar 100150 floor,repparttar 100151 ceiling,repparttar 100152 windows and doors. But your foundation, plumbing and electrical system are not usually included in a kit.

Spring Into Action: Home Maintenance

Written by Wallace J. Conway

Spring has sprung! Even more important than buds, birds, and bees, spring brings buyers! When buyers are looking for a place to nest, they would really rather not see problems. As it turns out, nearly every home inspected has problems or imperfections of some sort or size. Most issues are very minor and simple to correct. Almost all are a result of deferred maintenance.

Most of these simple deferred maintenance problems, when discovered duringrepparttar home inspection, causerepparttar 100125 majority ofrepparttar 100126 headaches when trying to bring a contract to close. Withrepparttar 100127 five quick checks described below it is probable that 90% or more ofrepparttar 100128 minor maintained items typically discovered inrepparttar 100129 home inspection could be eliminated, and with them a great portion ofrepparttar 100130 time and stress associated with their correction:

Dirty Filter and Coils inrepparttar 100131 Heat Pump. The clean and efficient flow of conditioned air as well asrepparttar 100132 longevity of this very expensive system is dependant on proper airflow. A professional cleaning is most always well under $100. Routine filter replacement can be done by a homeowner for about a dollar.

Poor Caulking of Ceramic Tile inrepparttar 100133 Tub and Shower Area. The cost to repair or replace a rotted shower wall often exceeds thousands of dollars. This is an avoidable event! A homeowner can accomplish caulking of tiled areas easily for under $20. If a crack inrepparttar 100134 caulk or grout is visible, you can believe it's large enough for water to pass!

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) not Properly Functioning. GFCI's arerepparttar 100135 electrical outlets that haverepparttar 100136 "press" and "test" buttons. These devices are critically important in reducingrepparttar 100137 chance for electrocution. The homeowner can testrepparttar 100138 devices by pushingrepparttar 100139 "test" button. The cost of a new GFCI is less than $10. They can be installed in less than 10 minutes.

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