How Long Do Mobile Modular Buildings Last?

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    January 20, 2023

    How Long Do Mobile Modular Buildings Last?

    Many are drawn to the prospects of modular building construction because of the lower cost but assume modular buildings won’t last as long. That’s simply untrue! Modular buildings last longer than you think. With ever-evolving modular construction techniques, they’re built to the same IBC codes as traditionally-built structures. Still, like all buildings, proper maintenance is critical for ensuring a long lifespan. Let’s discuss the various factors that impact the longevity of commercial modular buildings.

    Flexible Options for Modular Buildings

    Temporary Modular Buildings

    Did you know that even temporary modular buildings are designed to last for decades? Temporary modular building systems are resilient, built strong enough to be torn down and reinstalled or relocated. Their tough exteriors and cleverly engineered components make them an enormously versatile asset for any business that needs this feature. 

    Temporary portable modular buildings require proper maintenance of their building systems, siding and roofing.

    Permanent Modular Buildings

    A permanent modular building is a long-lasting investment. Similar to a site-built structure, permanent modular buildings are placed on a foundation with no intention of relocation. To extend the life of your permanent modular building it's important to provide proper care and maintenance.

    To construct a long-lasting building, a modular builder needs to use strong, durable materials in their construction process. This will create a building that can withstand harsh weather conditions and decades of aging. Mobile Modular constructs our permanent modular office buildings, modular classrooms, and modular medical buildings using the best materials available. They're built to meet the applicable IBC for your project location.

    3 Factors of Longevity for Modular Buildings

    1. Maintenance : The key to a long-lasting structure is regular maintenance. Apply protective coatings to siding and roofing in anticipation of harsh weather each year, reducing the likelihood that paint will chip away or that it will be damaged by sleet and hail. Prevent water infiltration by checking the roof, gutters, and downspouts to ensure proper drainage. Make sure doors and windows are caulked, flashed, and sealed; replace or repaint any damaged siding. Roofing and mechanical systems need to be replaced every 20 years on average. Regular replacement of HVAC filters will ensure your system runs efficiently and will minimize repairs.
    2. Quality : Quality determines how long a building will last, so buying from a reputable modular builder is a necessity. Find someone with years of experience and excellent customer reviews. Extremely cheap modular building options are usually priced as such for a reason. They often deteriorate more quickly because they use low-quality materials—or they are older used buildings that may not even meet current building code requirements. Proper foundation installation is also vital. Without it, the stability of a building is compromised.
    3. Insulation : Insulation acts as the muscles of a building, keeping it strong and shielded from extreme weather conditions. Both hot summer days and cold winter nights pose a threat to a poorly-insulated building. Insulation regulates temperature and keeps moisture from seeping into a building. Without it, heating and air conditioning bills will skyrocket. At Mobile Modular, we build to meet or exceed IBC insulation requirements according to the building project’s location.

    Misconceptions About Modular Buildings

    Modular Construction Hasn’t Evolved

    Modular construction has come a long way since its inception, with sturdier construction methods and materials. Modular construction quality has improved, and the modular buildings you see today are far more advanced than the modular buildings that were around 50 years ago. Commercial modular buildings today are built to meet the International Building Code, which is the same code that site-built structures must adhere to.

    Modular Buildings Aren’t Durable

    The notion that modular buildings are weaker or flimsier than standard buildings has carried on from decades ago. It’s an inaccurate and outdated belief. The Modular Building Institute referenced an assessment that FEMA conducted of modern modular construction following Hurricane Andrew in 1992, which concluded the following:
    “Overall, relatively minimal structural damage was noted in wood-framed modular developments. The module-to-module combination of the units appears to have provided an inherently rigid system that performed much better than conventional residential framing.”

    Additionally, modular buildings are built on a steel frame to withstand the rigors of transportation from the manufacturer to the site. Therefore, they actually have a more robust structure than traditional buildings.

    Mobile Modular Buildings for Sale and Lease

    Now that you know commercial modular buildings are a worthwhile investment, check out our selection of unique and classy models. Mobile Modular can provide delivery nationwide, and we can work with you to find a floor plan that fits your needs. Reach out to us to Request a Quote, and get started toward acquiring one of our modular buildings for sale or lease.

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