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Are Modular Homes Safe?

People often wonder if prefab homes are safe because of stereotypes and the other common myths that go around about manufactured and modular homes. Although our Clayton Built® manufactured homes and modular homes are constructed in the same home building facilities, they are built to different building code requirements.


Clayton Modular Manufactured Home on Foundation


In most instances, modular homes are built to comply with the same building code standards as a site built home built in the same area. This means each modular home complies with applicable local, state and regional codes for the final location of the home.


Are modular homes safe to live in?

Family Game Night in Modular Home


Since modular homes comply with all the same building requirements that site built homes in the same given area must meet, they’re just as safe as other site built homes in the same area.


There are no national or federally regulated modular home code standards like there are with manufactured homes (HUD Code). Instead, building code requirements for modular homes depend on the state where the home will be permanently located.


Are modular homes safe in a tornado?

Home Safety First Matches Radio and Flashlight


How safe can you really be in any home in a tornado?


Really though, modular homes are constructed on a permanent foundation and are built to state and local building requirements like any site built home. According to a structural damage report after Hurricane Andrew by Building Performance Assessment Team, the “inherently rigid system” in modular homes “performed much better than conventional residential framing.”1

 Modular Home on Foundation in Forest


The report also indicated that the structural integrity of modular units that is necessary for home transportation helps ensure the soundness of a connected house system.


Basically, because sections of a modular home must endure highway speeds as they get transported to the final home construction site, the home sections must be strong. Put together upon final home construction, they make for a strong, safe modular home.


Are modular homes safe in an earthquake?

San Francisco Skyline


Similar to safety in a tornado, the same goes for an earthquake—there’s not a perfect way to prepare for an earthquake, but having a modular home on a permanent foundation is a great start.


If the area where your modular home will be located has building or foundation requirements that take earthquake safety into consideration, then so will your modular home builder and on-site construction team. This is to make sure that your home meets all applicable construction requirements in your area.


A big factor for safety will be the type of foundation on which the modular home is constructed. A report from the Central United States Earthquake Consortium found that either a permanent reinforced concrete block or masonry foundation system is the strongest foundation system available to manufactured and modular homes.2

 Modular Home Concrete Basement Foundation Construction


Fortunately, a permanent concrete block foundation is a common option for modular homes ensuring the structural safety of modular homes in earthquakes.


For those of you who are deliberating “How safe are modular homes?” and “Are modular homes safe in storms?” you can rest assured that the modular home building process has continued to evolve to ensure the safety and durability of each home.


Clayton Built® modular homes are constructed inside, away from the weather with quality materials by trained builders who ensure that each home is constructed for families to enjoy for a lifetime.

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1. “Building Performance: Hurricane Andrew In Florida.”,

2. Earthquake Preparedness For Central U.S. Mobile Home Owners. PDF. Central United States Earthquake Consortium.

Topics Modular Housing