Huds vs. Mods

Huds vs. Mods

Before making a final decision on which Skyline home you’d prefer to purchase, you may want to know the difference between Manufactured Housing (HUD) and Modular Housing.

Multi-Section Homes

Manufactured and Modular homes look like any other conventionally built home in appearance. Both are built to codes which ensure a safe and sound investment. They are built utilizing economical construction techniques combined with a minimum of on-site work making both products an attractive housing alternative.

Single-Section Homes

Single-section manufactured homes are built to the same federal standard (HUD code) as multi-section homes. Single-section homes enjoy the same benefits of efficiency and quality through factory assembly as multi-section homes. Single-section manufactured homes provide highly affordable housing when compared to conventional construction. Many single-section homes are considerably less per square foot than site-built product. While single-section homes can be located on private property, many times they are located in manufactured housing developments which boast an array of amenities to enhance your lifestyle


Manufactured (i.e. HUD code) homes are built to a federal building standard, the Federal Manufactured Home Construction Safety Standards. (Factory built homes manufactured prior to the HUD code are referred to as "mobile homes" or “trailer homes.”) The HUD code regulates the design, construction, structural durability, transportability, fire resistance and energy efficiency of a home. It also prescribes performance standards for the mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems. Manufactured homes are built and shipped on a permanent chassis. Modular homes are constructed to the same code as site-built homes with requirements set forth by state and local government for the specific locality. Various model building codes serve as the basis for most state code requirements. Examples include the International Residential Code (IRC), Uniform Building Code (UBC) and the National Electrical Code (NEC). Modular homes may be built on a permanent chassis or a returnable carrier system.


Efficiency starts with factory assembly line techniques. Both Manufactured and Modular homes are assembled in the controlled environment of a manufacturing facility. In this process, your home travels to workstations where the various components are assembled. Work is never delayed by weather, contractor no shows or missing material.


Consistent quality begins with care for detail. Both Manufactured and Modular homes are inspected frequently at the assembly plant during each phase of construction. In-plant inspectors as well as independent agencies inspect your home on behalf of federal, state and local governments for code compliance. Evidence of this inspection is normally the application of a federal, state or inspection agency label of approval.

On-Site Work

One of the advantages of Manufactured and Modular Housing is the reduced start to finish time of the project. While your home is being constructed in a climate controlled environment, foundation and utility work can take place on site. When the manufacturing process is complete the interior finish from the walls, countertops and cabinetry right down to the carpet are typically installed. Both Manufactured and Modular Housing are transported to the site and quickly assembled, insuring minimal weather exposure. Once the sections of your house are assembled, the connection of utilities and a short list of interior finish work complete your new house.