early days of the Modular Home industry, home manufacturers would often use
materials which simply were hard to find from traditional home construction
materials suppliers. Some of these materials were chosen because they could be
adapted to the assembly line approach to building modular home modules.
the enormous advances in all building materials which the past twenty years
have brought, the modular home industry now has access to the same materials,
and can use the same tools, as conventional home builders use. Besides, being
able to manufacture homes with mainstream materials gives a tremendous lift to
the modular home industry's business.
of the more surprising developments in home construction is that the equipment
once used only by the modular home industry has now been adopted for use in
every area of traditional home construction, as general contractors realize it
will help them become more efficient in their own home construction efforts. So
modular home construction and traditional home construction now resemble each
other more closely than at any time in their past.
more, one of the techniques which originated with the modular home industry
that is now favored by many general contractors is the efficient framing method
found in modular home manufacturing facilities. The modular home industry was
the first to develop the advanced fasteners which are now regularly used by
thousands of traditional home construction companies. These fastener systems
greatly reduce the time it takes to frame a traditional home.
modular home industry began to develop its advanced finishing materials and
fasteners, they were largely ignored by the traditional home construction
companies because they did not meet the accepted standards for materials and
fasteners which the construction business had used in the past. After all,
previously, the traditional construction standards called for materials which
could withstand outdoor conditions, while the fasteners and materials made for
the modular home industry were used only in an indoor factory setting.
But all of
that has changed as the modular homes industry kept improving their materials
and fasteners, which have now made the crossover to traditional home
construction. For example, nail guns and glue guns have usurped the traditional
hammer, and traditional homes are now built more quickly, and more strongly as
homes now include drywall, plumbing, wiring and many other features installed
with techniques and tools borrowed from the modular home industry, and the
biggest beneficiaries of the change are the homeowners.