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How Are Manufactured Homes Built?

Have you ever wondered how a manufactured home is built? How do you get from a stack of lumber to a complete home? This is how many of the Clayton home building facilities do it!


Step 1. The Beginning of The Manufactured Home Building Process

The whole manufactured home building process begins with a steel frame, which is welded on site. Concrete is then poured over the base of the steel frame creating a strong manufactured home foundation system. Once the frame is in place, layers of insulation are added before the flooring system and plumbing are installed. 

The wooden floor frame and plumbing are assembled together. Once this floor frame is complete, the home moves to the next station on a track system.


Prefabricated home floor frame in a Clayton home building facility ready to go to the next station in the home building process.


Step 2. Manufactured Home Flooring and Wall Framing

Next, the floor frame is dressed in flooring finishes, like laminate or wood, specified to your liking. Each Clayton building facility is equipped with a team that puts an emphasis on home customization. You may choose from several flooring options provided by our many brands, and our trained craftsman will build your home according to your style.


Trained builder in a home manufacturing facility is using a nail gun to connect two large pieces of plywood.


In an adjacent aisle, trained craftsmen build thick interior and exterior walls. Once complete, interior walls are installed first, then cabinets and appliances, and finally exterior walls are lifted into place by a track system in the ceiling.


Trained craftsman installing vinyl siding on the exterior of a prefab home.


Step 3. Topping It Off With Manufactured Home Roof Construction

Now the home needs a roof system. For double wide mobile homes, each side of the truss system is sealed, and insulation is blown into the ceiling cavity. Once the ceiling is painted, the entire roof structure is lifted and connected to the top of the home.



Trained craftsman blowing insulation into the ceiling cavity.


The insulation made for manufactured homes allows for our Clayton Built® homes to be very energy efficient. These cost-saving elements are what help affordable prefab homes continue to save you money throughout homeownership.


Two trained builders placing and installing ceiling tiles on a prefab home’s roof.


Step 4. Manufactured Home Siding and Interior Touches

Now that all the pieces are together, it's all hands on deck. A team will add roofing tiles, hand placed siding, install doors and windows and wrap the exterior of the home. While all of this is going on, the inside of the home really starts to take shape!


Trained builder wearing proper safety gear is installing natural wood cabinets in a prefab home’s kitchen.


When you walk into the home at this phase, it looks similar to a site built house under construction. This is also where the custom features start to shape the uniqueness of the home. Each individual home is never the same and is built for someone specific - meaning your interior design requests are what really makes the home yours.


Each home is built as one unit even though it will travel in pieces. This helps ensure that the walls, flooring and other important home pieces all line up.


Once everything has been installed and painted, it's time to clean up. Very little waste accumulates during the whole process, which gets recycled.


Cardboard boxes piled into a recycling bin at a home building facility.


Step 5. Safety and Standard Inspections

 Each facility has their own checks and balances to ensure that every home that leaves the facility is safe and quality assured. These manufactured home inspections consist of different members checking to make sure each nut and bolt of your home is exactly the way it should be.


Each time a home makes it to a new station, the teams will evaluate its progress. This is a great way to ensure a quality home is built and shows the pride our trained craftsmen take in their work.


Four trained builders posing for a picture in a manufacturing facility while wearing all of their safety gear and big smiles.


After this whole process has been finished, each home is then sent to the home center from which it was purchased before it is delivered to the new homeowners. And, that is the process of building a Prefabulous® home



The back of a prefabricated home all wrapped up in plastic as it leaves the home building facility on a trailer.


Are you ready to find a beautiful Clayton Built® home for you and your family to enjoy? Check the floor plans available in your area to find your dream home!




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