Prefabricated houses use materials concrete, steel, and traditional wood. Below are the attributes of these three types of dwellings.
Concrete was used in the 1980’s as an alternative material. These were known as concrete boxes, a term that is tailor-made. Steel prefabs, on the other hand, require panel repaints and renovations from time to time. Traditional wood requires lamination to prevent the moisture in prefab modular homes.
Soundproof prefabs avoid loud sound inside the adobes and keep noise transmission to within the four walls. The lightness of the wall makes soundproofing tough in steel prefabs. Wooden floor limits the loudness with heavy insulation on the floor. That is one option. Concrete could also be comfortably layered in between the gaps of wooden floors.
Usually, the steel prefabs weigh 2 tons. Weighty wooden modules have to be decoupled somewhat, in parts. Compare these two with concrete prefab homes, which can weigh up to 18 tons. Even though the mobility depends on the robustness of the material in use in general, prefab houses are moved as modules from the factory to the site.
Take the case of the concrete boxes that are secured and customizable. They were made of highly compressive concrete. The wooden prefabs can be hard to customize the same way as the concrete. One would be hard pressed to find equal dwellings that can better customization.
Assembly Line Methods in Prefab Housing
International building codes make the prefab valuable across boundaries. Custom prefabs can be fast tracked, the prices of which would vary accordingly. This is why some builders use assembly line methods in controlled factory setting to assemble the modules quickly.
Lego Modules and Duplex Prefabs are Different
This is a new concept trend nowadays. Designers embrace different ideas such as the Lego modules or duplex designs for building small prefab homes. The Lego is a coined word, gives the design-centric customizations to the homeowners. In case of the duplex prefabs, one part can be bought outright, and the other side rented to tenants.