Modular construction and component construction are emerging trends in the construction industry. While they are similar in many ways, there are also significant differences between these increasingly popular building methods and some unique advantages.
Both modular construction and component construction are environmentally friendly and cost-effective ways to complete your project up to 50% faster than traditional methods. Both prefabricated structures are built in a factory and transported to the job site. This process minimizes site disruption, so your business can keep generating revenue during construction or start new operations sooner.
So, what are the differences? Primarily, they differ in the manufacturing, shipping and assembly processes. Here’s a closer look.
Modular units are built complete with walls, roof and a floor.
Advantage: Virtually no assembly required on site.
Component structures are factory-built in standardized parts (i.e. a wall section, a roof section, trim, etc.)
Advantage: More flexibility in how it’s used.
Modular is shipped as a complete unit and subject to highway height and width restrictions.
Advantage: Modules are built stronger to withstand the rigors of shipping.
Component can be shipped in parts.
Advantage: Highway constraints or restrictions are not an issue. Ship what you need, when you need it.
Modular is delivered as a complete unit and connected to other modules and the foundation onsite.
Advantage: Virtually no onsite assembly makes modular the faster building option.
Component-based buildings are assembled quickly in sections depending on individual design.
Advantage: Greater flexibility in overall design and the application of individual components are better suited for more complex projects.
We hope this information helps you decide which process is best for your future construction projects. ModSpace delivers projects using both of these building methods, and we’re eager to hear your comments. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.