Have you been considering modular construction for a church, assembly building, office or other purpose but are concerned that all modular buildings are boxy and boring, like trailer homes? You are not alone. But prefabricated buildings and modular structures have come a long way! Let’s debunk the most common myths and misunderstandings about them. 

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  • Myth: Modular buildings all look the same.

In reality, an untrained eye won’t be able to tell that the modular building was built anywhere but on-site.  Today’s state-of-the-art design and construction technologies allow modular builders to create architecturally innovative designs that rival any stick-built building.

They can be customized to look exactly how you want them to look. Single and multi-story designs will suit just about any purpose, with exterior finishes such as brick, stucco and other architectural surfaces that will blend with surrounding architecture.

A great example is the LEED-qualified research learning lab and studio, designed and built for the Barrie School in Silver Spring, MD by Modular Genius. It features tall ceilings, movable walls and plenty of windows, as well as cool roof technology, energy efficient lighting, and other technical innovations that help the customer achieve remarkable energy and water efficiency. It’s also a beautiful modern building.

If you intend to build a modular church building, you may also be interested in different roof styles. Many modular builders offer a variety of styles, including gambrel-style roofs, flat roofs with skylights, pitched roofs with asphalt shingles, steel roofs and durable synthetic EPDM roofing, depending upon the design application.  

  • Myth: The costs of modular and stick-built construction are the same.

Not true. Modular construction, in which sections or “modules” of the building are fabricated off-site in a factory environment, can cut construction costs by 20 to 50 percent. How is this possible? While they use the same materials as traditional buildings and meet the same building codes, greater labor and material efficiencies make modular buildings more cost-effective.

They are factory built, so they’re not subjected to damage and delays from bad weather and can be built more soundly and with less waste. Another huge benefit is time-to-completion. Modular buildings can be completed and delivered in half the time it takes to build conventionally onsite, and time is money.

  • Myth: Modular buildings don’t last as long as stick-built buildings.

Modular buildings adhere to the same building codes as conventionally built structures. In addition, because they have to be transported by truck to the construction site, extra attention is paid to their ability to withstand wind and poor weather along the way, resulting in a stronger structure.

According to the Modular Building Institute, an industry trade group, “A relocatable modular building is expected to have a design life of about 40 years. Industry studies predict that a relocatable modular building is likely to be relocated an average of 8 times over its life. After that time, the components are commonly repurposed or recycled.” In the case of permanent modular buildings, the lifespan is expected to be at least 60 years.

Modular construction provides exceptional value, whether you need to solve an urgent need for temporary space or are exploring the possibility of a permanent modular building.