You’ve heard about, and are maybe even considering using it for your business. But how does modular construction compare to traditional construction?
Modular construction methods involve individual sections (called modules) that are constructed in a controlled, off-site manufacturing facility and assembled at a building site. Due to the assembly line methods, it is typically much faster and more convenient for businesses than traditional construction methods.
Modular Construction FAQs
There is one major difference when comparing traditional vs modular construction. With modular construction, the majority of work occurs off-site inside a manufacturing facility.
Alternatively, traditional construction projects require that all work be completed on-site from the ground up.
Because modular construction takes place simultaneously in a factory and on-site, it can be completed in half the time of traditional construction.
Just like any building, the life expectancy of a modular building depends on whether it receives regular maintenance. Permanent modular buildings don’t have a limited lifespan and can last as long as traditional construction. Temporary modular buildings typically have a useful life of 20-25 years, but this can be extended if they are well-maintained and periodically renovated. All modular buildings — temporary or permanent — can be expanded, remodeled, and updated whenever necessary.
In most cases, you can completely customize the layout and floor plan of your modular building. Here are just a few of your options for customizing the appearance and operations of your modular building.
Businesses and organizations choose modular construction for their projects in a variety of industries including:
There are two main structural materials used in any type of modular construction:
Standard, wood-frame (Type V-B) construction (built with standard lumber)
Steel and concrete (Type II-B non-combustible) construction
Every phase of modular construction is precisely designed so your building is sustainably fabricated with excellence in craftsmanship and efficiency. Britco buildings are all constructed indoors and off-site manufacturing facilities. While steel and concrete are stronger building materials, wood-framed options are often a less-expensive option.
Along with your choice of framing, some other common materials used in modular building construction include:
Drywall or VCG (vinyl-covered gypsum) interior wall finish
Acoustical ceiling (also known as drop ceiling)
CPVC, pex, or copper piping/tubing
Commercial hardware and fixtures
Carpeting (rolled carpet or carpet tiles)
VCT (vinyl composite tiles) or ceramic tiles
Common Modular Construction Myths
As modular construction has continued to grow in popularity and usefulness, the industry has rapidly improved its products. However, many common modular building myths remain. We’ll debunk a few of the most common misconceptions below.
They aren't aesthetically pleasing
Contrary to popular belief, modular buildings can be both functional and attractive. Pre-assembled buildings designed for permanent use can be multiple stories high. And depending on budget and specifications, the interior and exterior of a modular building can be completely customized. Most importantly, modular buildings can be finished to match the design and facade of surrounding structures to seamlessly blend into your existing facility.
They aren't structurally sound
Modular buildings are designed, engineered and fabricated to meet the same stringent building codes as traditionally built structures. Because they’re built in sections, modular buildings undergo structural inspections throughout the construction process. Additional Inspections are also performed at the project site during assembly to further verify the building’s structural integrity.
They're only temporary
Temporary modular buildings are commonly located at construction sites or expanding businesses. As such, it’s easy to understand why people perceive modular as only a temporary solution. However, there are a variety of permanent modular construction (PMC) choices available. PMC solutions are affixed to permanent foundations, which are custom installed to precisely meet the specifications of each modular building. This results in a high-quality, cohesive structure that will last for decades to come.
You have to buy modular buildings
Don’t want to own your modular building for business purposes? Only intend to use it temporarily? Don’t want to spend the upfront capital to purchase a building? You’re in luck. There are a variety of used modular buildings that are available for leasing. Because they’re already built, leased buildings can be installed and occupied more quickly. Plus, they’re more affordable than new buildings.