Part two of our series on manufactured housing explores the level of comfort that such homes have.
MANUFACTURED HOUSING AND HOW FAR IT’S COME
Modular housing took off during World War II, where large numbers of bases had to be built and quickly to support the war effort. Following the post war boom, a lot of GI’s wanted their slice of the American dream. A lot of them, used to travel left their hometowns and spread across the US, and with them came the need for affordable housing.
A lot of older modular homes weren’t big on comfort however. They were cramped. A dining area barely held two people, and if you had a family, it was usually all in one room. But to give you an idea just on space alone, you could easily fit an older model mobile home inside a modern manufactured home. Modular homes can be as spacious if not more so than stick built housing. However, it isn’t just in the area of space that modular homes have improved.
Manufactured Housing and Keeping Comfortable
Older style trailers and manufactured homes were not the greatest on insulation. Usually the insulation, if there was even any present, was at most about 1/4 th of an inch thick. When the air conditioning or heater was turned on, these homes were comfortable. However, the minute they shut off, within two minutes it was hard to tell much of a difference between the outside and the inside temperatures. However, with changes to design also came changes to insulation and energy efficiency as well.
So remember, today’s homes are not the trailers of decades past. If you’d like to get into affordable housing, give us a call.