Manufactured Homes and Modular Homes

What Is a Manufactured Home or Modular Home?

When you are buying a home, you might hear the terms manufactured home or modular home. Both refer to a home that is built in a factory and transported to a building site for final finishing. The main difference between the terms manufactured and modular is in reference to the building codes under which each is constructed.

Manufactured homes were formerly known as mobile homes or trailers. These terms (mobile home) refer to lower quality structures built before a Federal building code went into effect in 1976. The HUD code introduced minimum construction standards for facilities which are subject to government inspection. Each completed home is registered with a unique label which certifies that the home is built in accordance with federal construction and safety standards. We no longer use the term “mobile home” as our homes meet all Government codes, whether federal or local to your building site. All our homes are well suited for permanent foundations.

Modular homes, like their manufactured home cousins, are also built in a climate controlled factory but follow local or regional building codes. So for example, a modular home built for a site in King or Snohomish county will meet all local county building codes. These homes can also be built in sections and transported to the building site. Unlike manufactured, the chassis on modular homes can be omitted and the home transported on a special low-boy flatbed truck for installation on a permenant foundation. Local building inspectors then check to make sure a modular home's structure meets requirements and that all finish work is done properly and meets local building codes.

High-performance modern factory housing is not only energy efficient, but also attractive, functional, water-efficient, resilient to wind, seismic forces, and moisture penetration, and provides a healthy indoor environmental quality.

Marlette Homes has built manufactured homes to the Federal HUD standard since 1976. They have recently expanded to build modular homes. Both types of construction come with many advantages for the home buyer. At Heritage Home Center, we are proud to sell, finance, and install the legendary Marlette home, every one custom built for you. We are the biggest single location dealer in Washington, and our Marlette factory only builds Marlette Homes on their line as they have been for the last 50 years. No other brand names or alternate construction comprises our quality and dedication to the Marlette name.



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