Portable buildings, also known as modular buildings, are very different & distinct from mobile homes. Portable buildings are sectional prefabricated buildings manufactured in a plant and delivered in one or more modules or sections that can be connected on site. Mobile homes on the other hand are portable but they are built in one piece not in modules.
Other differences between portable buildings and mobile homes include building codes governing construction, materials used, and the guidelines used by financial institutions for lending purposes. Portable building construction is governed by the same codes as any other site constructed home. All portable buildings constructed in the US are built according to the UBC (Uniform Building Code), IRC, BOCA, or another code adopted and enforced by the local jurisdiction. Mobile or manufactured homes are largely considered to be of lesser quality and are constructed according to federal HUD (Housing & Urban Development) Codes.
The materials used to construct portable buildings are the same as those used to build site constructed homes including wood frame floors, walls, and roofs typically. Some portable buildings even include stone or brick interiors, granite countertops, and steeply pitched roofs. Portable buildings are designed to sit on a perimeter foundation or a basement by reputed building company or best builders in Surrey. On the other hand, mobile homes are constructed with a steel chassis which is integral to supporting the floor.
Appraisers and financial institutions consider portable buildings to have similar life expectancies and value as site built homes. Special lenders are frequently required to finance mobile homes. Most portable building enterprises combine standard plans with the ability to custom build to customer specifications. The evolution of portable buildings includes multiple stories, multiple-family units, and even apartment complexes.
Portable Building Uses
There are many possible uses for portable buildings. Portable buildings can be used for either temporary or permanent facilities. Portable buildings are commonly used as construction site offices, school classrooms, housing for both military and civilians, and industrial facilities. In remote rural areas portable buildings can be the perfect solution where conventional on-site construction is not practical or even possible. For example, the oil company BP uses portable buildings to house workers in the oil fields of the Alaskan North Slope.
Portable Building Expenses & Benefits
The ability to mass produce portable buildings in factories makes them quite affordable alternative to conventional construction. Using an enclosed facility to construct portable buildings provides several benefits. Weather does not slow the construction process since portable buildings are manufactured indoors. Material delivery fees are inconsequential in figuring portable building costs. Unlike on-site construction where small amounts of materials are frequently required to be delivered on-site, ample amounts of construction materials can be kept on hand at the factory. This also virtually eliminates construction delays as a result of waiting for materials to be delivered to the construction site.
Portable buildings are certainly not the right solution in every situation and they won’t replace on-site construction or mobile homes but they do provide an cost-effective solution perfect for certain situations.