Manufactured Homes are as Safe as Traditional-Built Homes
There’s an old stereotype that needs to be cleared up. Manufactured homes (built to today’s stringent codes) are not more vulnerable to natural disasters than site-built homes. The fact is that tornadoes or hurricanes do not discriminate as to what type of homes or buildings they destroy.
Manufactured Home Durability
The building materials in today’s manufactured homes are the same as those used in site-built homes. The homes are engineered for wind safety and energy efficiency based on the geographic region in which they are sold. The standards for manufactured homes are comparable to the current regional and national building codes for site-built homes.
Manufactured homes are designed and constructed to withstand wind speeds of 150 miles per hour in Wind Zone 2 and 163 miles per hour in Wind Zone 3. In fact, during the hurricanes that struck Florida in 2004, not one manufactured home built and installed after 1994 was destroyed by hurricane force winds. What that means is, the construction standards for manufactured housing across the country are subject to robust compliance and quality assurance regulations, sometimes more stringent than those for traditional site-built homes.
Click on MHI’s “Manufactured Homes – Safer Than You Know” on the left to learn how manufactured homes perform as well or better than site-built homes in a storm. Plus, checkout the video below for more information on how manufactured homes weather storms.