Despite the fact that modern prefab homes have been around since the mid-19th century, consumers are still confused about some of their most important aspects. This confusion leads to unnecessary fears about using prefab construction when building a new home. In order to help alleviate some of that confusion, and the fear that goes with it, we’ve listed here some of the most common prefab FAQs. We hope we’ll be able to answer some of your questions as you read.
Are prefab homes designed just for holiday use?
Unfortunately, many people operate under the misconception that a prefab home is nothing more than a glorified caravan. Nothing could be further from the truth. Prefab homes are every bit as a sturdy, well insulated, and permanent as a home built from the ground up. They are for year-round living no matter what the location.
Are prefab homes more susceptible to bad weather?
Absolutely not. That’s another misconception largely due to the past history of these homes in the UK. While it’s true that post-war prefabs tended to be unreliable in bad weather, today’s homes will stand up to anything nature can throw at them.
Do most prefab builders use genuine timber construction?
The use of timber structure and is entirely up to the builder and his customer. In most cases prefab homes are made with steel-based sandwich panels in order to keep costs as low as possible. But some home builders offer a timber option for customers who wanted. Neither one is necessarily better than the other; it’s simply a matter of cost and personal preference.
Do I have to assemble my prefab home by myself?
Most prefab manufacturers offer several options here. You can purchase a DIY kit you assemble completely on your own, you can pay the builder to take care of the assembly, or you can opt for a combination of both. Obviously, the more you can do on your own the cheaper the entire package will be.
How long does it take to assemble a prefab home?
The assembly of the actual kit can be done in just a matter of days. But site preparation and interior finishing, which are usually the responsibility of the home owner, can add significantly to the build time. On average mosthome owners can complete the process — from slab pouring to the final coat of paint — in about 10 days.
How long will a new prefab home last?
This is a great question, especially if you’re someone who grew up in an older prefab in the 1960s. Most post-war prefabs were constructed with an expected lifetime between 10 and 20 years. That’s no longer the case. With proper care and maintenance a new prefab home can last just as long as standard construction.
If you have more prefab FAQs you need answers to, there’s plenty of information online.
For even further assistance you can contact a builder near you; they’ll be glad to help if they can.
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