Prefabricated homes no longer carry the stereotype description of "cheap" or "poorly constructed". In fact, many prefab homes that are factory built are sturdier, kinder to the environment and much more cost effective than most homes that are built on site. They are energy efficient, contemporary and are available in a number of unique designs depending on a buyer's taste and preferences.
A factory built home is ordered and sent right to the site an owner specifies, and the electrical and plumbing set ups can be part of the overall plan or set up by the owner. Also referred to as modular homes, a prefab is assembled in pieces, then sent to a location to be fitted together into a beautiful home. If the prefab is located in a climate that has both cold and warm weather, it can be insulated to keep heating and cooling costs at a reasonable rate, and if an owner decides to move, the prefab can be shipped to a new location. Best of all, prefab homes are much less expensive than most constructed homes, and they are great for the environment.
Prefabs Are Easy On The Environment
These days, most people have a keen sense to do all they can to keep the environment healthy and green. This responsibility has translated into how people are building their homes. They want to find more green friendly and sustainable products to keep the negative effects of a polluted environment from affecting the way they live. Since building a home has a huge impact on the environment, choosing a green prefab home is becoming a viable and much desired alternative to a traditionally constructed home. Instead of being looked at as inferior to a normally constructed home, prefab homes are favored because they way they are built creates less waste and is a designed in a way that has a more positive impact on the environment. For instance seals on traditional homes are created on the outside of the building, while prefab homes have seals contained on the inside of the structure. This greatly reduces the risk of mildew and mold. Prefab seals on the inside of a home are more able to moderate temperatures, making a prefab more efficient in terms of energy.
Prefab is the New Trend
Naturally, the trend to think green is extending into house building. Just as more people are buying green automobiles because of the environment, more people are realizing that a home has just as great an impact on the planet. Though modular houses were once considered inferior, many folks are now buying green, modular houses as a desirable alternative to a traditionally built house.
Most builders of prefab, green homes have a goal to create a safe and healthy environment for its occupants, as well as cut down on the impact that a newly constructed home has on the environment. Because prefabs are built in a controlled environment, the builders and designers can be extremely exact in they way they plan to construct materials and how the materials are used. With standard home construction, there can be much leftover waste. Because of the factory environment in which a prefab home is designed, there is very little waste, and the green materials needed to construct the prefab can be bought in bulk and used for many factory made homes at once. Delivered modules have less of an impact on the environment, because construction is minimized on the site. Less ground needs to be cleared, and less materials need to be stored or staged. Many prefab homes utilize solar energy, which is a great green solution to reducing cooling and heating costs. The roof of a prefab home can also add to energy efficiency by using shingles that are long life, metal shingles or light colored shingles. And, often times a prefab builder will use green friendly plumbing that stores and recycles rain and gray water.
The trend to go with environmentally green prefab homes is growing in the United States and is considered by many to be the future of the way homes are built. More people are looking at the economy and their budgets. Although there are many considerations when it comes to a prefab home budget including where it is being built, how the plumbing is done, etc., the cost will usually be substantially lower than a traditionally built home. For some, the price is not the main consideration. The fact that a prefabricated home is safer for the environment is the driving force that encourages many families to think "prefab". Of course, the bigger the budget, the more elaborate the factory made home can be. There are many designs that are priced lower to suit tighter budgets, better designs for higher budgets. As time passes, more and more improvements are being made to keep prefab homes a leader in protecting the environment. Once the prefab is ready to move into, the only choices left for owner are what green friendly furnishings will make the home complete?