The Safety of Modular Homes During Hurricanes

As an expert in the field of modular homes, I am often asked about the safety of these homes during hurricanes. It is a valid concern for many homebuyers, but I can confidently say that modular homes are just as safe as traditional site-built homes when it comes to withstanding severe weather. First and foremost, it is important to understand the difference between modular homes and mobile homes. Modular homes are secured to the ground and built to the same codes and standards as site-built homes, while mobile homes have temporary foundations and plinths. This means that modular homes are much more secure and can withstand regular rain and wind without any problems. In fact, thanks to strict building codes, safety inspection standards, and comprehensive installation requirements in Florida, a factory-built home may actually be the safest home you can buy.

After Hurricane Andrew, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) implemented strict wind safety regulations for prefab homes. These changes have greatly increased the security of modular homes across the country. But what about hurricanes specifically? Well, no home is truly “hurricane-proof”, but modular homes tend to withstand hurricanes very well. In fact, after the major hurricanes of 2004 (Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne), an evaluation of 152 manufactured home communities in Florida showed that no homes built after 1994 suffered serious damage. At Affinity, we are headquartered in Lakeland, Georgia and provide modular buildings to independent and licensed builders throughout the Southeast. We understand the importance of building strong and durable homes that can withstand frequent storms and winds.

That is why we use highly qualified construction crews and adhere to strict building codes and standards. When it comes to preparing your modular home for hurricane winds, the most important factor is to check the foundations and have an inspector verify that all moorings are secure. Currently, there are three wind zones in which prefabricated houses are built, depending on the location and expected wind speed in the area. If you are the owner of a modular home and want to know what wind zone your home is built for, there should be an information sheet called a data plate placed inside your home. This plate contains important information about the wind zone of your home. It is also worth noting that one of the largest factory-built home insurers in the United States has concluded that the likelihood of fire in a site-built home is twice as high as in a factory-built home. This is due to the controlled and efficient environment in which modular homes are built, as well as the use of high-quality materials.

Willis Prusha
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