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Today’s building technologies have led to the development of buildings made off site then transported and assembled. Called systems built or prefab buildings, they take full advantage of modern machinery, computer and factory technology. Instead of transporting raw materials, machinery and specialized engineers to the building site, only the end product is transported.

Systems-built homes use prefabricated materials, built in a climate-controlled environment and designed to work as a precise system, to complete the home.” The fact that these prefab buildings take advantage of assembly-line technology does not mean that they are cookie-cutter products. The computer systems used to design the buildings and oversee the assembly allow for complete customization of each structure without losing the assembly-line advantage.

There are several distinct types of prefab buildings available, too. They include concrete, log, modular, panelized, timber frame and manufactured homes. When completed, all of these prefab buildings resembled structures made in the traditional way. All except the manufactured homes adhere to local building codes. All types of prefab buildings are eligible for traditional mortgages and insurance. Because the building process is not subject to weather delays or delays in deliveries of materials, the prefab buildings are usually completed in a fraction of the time of a traditionally-built structure. Because they are built to withstand transportation, they are built to a more stringent standard.

Log, modular, and panelized homes must withstand the rigors of ground transportation, so manufacturers routinely reinforce the walls, ceilings, and other components to ensure the highest-quality product reaches its destination.” The different types of prefab buildings are constructed by different building companies but information about each type is easily available in most areas. Whether a prospective owner is looking for a family home or a small office building, he may find that checking out the facts about prefab buildings will be worth his while.

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