Difference between a Manufactured home (sectional, double wide) and a modular.
Manufactured are sometimes referred to as double-wides or sectionals. Each of these terms refer to homes that are built to the HUD (US Dept. of Housing and Urban development) code. The United States Congress laid the foundation for the HUD Code in the National Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974 by directing the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to establish appropriate manufactured home construction and safety standards that "...meet the highest standards of protection, taking into account existing State and local laws relating to manufactured home safety and construction." Every HUD Code manufactured home is built in a factory, under controlled conditions, and has a special label affixed on the exterior of the home indicating that the home has been designed, constructed, tested and inspected to comply with the stringent federal standards set forth in the code. No manufactured home may be shipped from the factory unless it complies with the HUD Code and receives a certification label from an independent third party inspector. These homes will usually be titled and will have a metal frame under them. These are by far the most common homes that are built in a factory.
Modular homes are also built in factories but are built to the same code that site built homes are for the states that they are sold in. The belief that modular homes do not have frames under them is not always true. Some manufacturers make a modular with or without a frame. The most common modular homes have a floor truss system that is similar to a site built home. These will usually have 2x10 floor system that is supported around the perimeter of the home and the center line of the home. Modular homes are normally placed on a basement or foundation that is designed specifically designed for that particular home.
We carry homes that can either be built as HUD code homes or Modular. There is usually no difference in the appearance of the homes, but there will be minor differences in the construction. There is a significant difference in price between HUD homes and Modular. Modular Homes will usually cost from 5,000 to 15,000 more because of the extra cost for the home production, foundation, and set up equipment needed.
The bottom line is this. Most manufactured homes sold in our area are HUD homes. For every modular sold in the US there are approximately 15 HUD homes sold.