There’s no shortage of misconceptions about modular construction. Some believe that because modular buildings are constructed in a factory, instead of at the construction site, they don’t offer the same quality, versatility, or architectural appeal of traditional construction.
We’ve highlighted the five most common myths of modular construction in a previous post, addressing such issues as the permanence, sustainability, and visual appeal of modular buildings. However, some continue to pose the question, so it’s worth delving into this myth more deeply to show it’s simply not true.
Myth: Modular buildings are low in quality.
Reality: Modular buildings are constructed in a factory under strict quality and environmental controls. Every cut and connection is inspected, tested and confirmed to be within tight specifications before the building is deemed ready for shipping. The factory also protects the unfinished structures from weather damage such as rain intrusion.
Before they can be occupied, modular buildings must also meet International Building Code (IBC) standards. And permanent modular buildings must also meet the same state and local code requirements as site-built structures.
Myth: Modular buildings are cheaply made.
Reality: Modular buildings can be a more cost-efficient option versus traditional construction. But cost savings are primarily the result of manufacturing efficiencies and time savings, not cheaper materials or poor workmanship.
From mobile offices to permanent buildings, modular structures use the same materials as traditional buildings, including steel, wood, and concrete.
Myth: Modular buildings aren’t built to last.
Reality: Modular buildings are also just as strong, if not stronger than, traditional construction. Temporary and permanent modular buildings are designed and built so they can be transported from the factory to the construction site. As a result, modular buildings are commonly overbuilt, stronger structures when installed onsite.
These myths lead many people to believe that modular buildings are less durable. The reality is that modular is in many ways comparable in quality or better than traditional construction, while also delivering cost and time savings.
Watch the video below to learn more about the quality of modular from ModSpace VP of Construction Services and Architect Sam Tikriti.