man and woman reviewing safety standards of mobile home
April 7, 2023

Why Mobile Homes Are Safer Than You Think 

If you’re wondering if mobile homes are safe in extreme weather, the answer is a definitive yes—and they’re safer than you think!

This is true because the US Department of Housing and Urban Development has strict building regulations that all homes built after 1976 must adhere to. So, if you are in the market to buy a mobile home today, you don’t have to worry about all the what-ifs! What’s even better is that the HUD code doesn’t just cover fire resistance, installation, plumbing, and electrical systems. It also covers the durability and safety features of mobile homes. This should comfort homebuyers and ease concerns. We all know those people who try to convince us we are buying a “death trap” when we are looking to purchase a mobile home. 

We’re here to tell you, mobile homes are safer than you think, and we’re going to explain why!

Mobile Homes Built Today Are Safe, Strong, & Durable

Mobile homes were not subject to uniform regulations before the 1970s. There was less regulation over their construction and material choices. Therefore, it makes sense that there would be concerns about both quality and safety. However, all of that changed in 1974 with the passage of the National Mobile Home Construction and Safety Standards Act, which set apart older mobile homes from contemporary manufactured homes.

As we mentioned initially, the 1976 HUD standards were the biggest game-changer and changed mobile homes forever. You’ll be happy to know that the HUD standards are followed by every mobile home manufacturer in America. Their safety requirements apply to the planning and building, thermal protection, plumbing and electrical systems, energy efficiency, and fire safety.

Lastly, the federal government also updated the mobile home wind safety standards in 1994. Based on the location of the home, the update created three wind zones for mobile homes. They also revised the building regulations for each wind zone.

Mobile Homes Undergo Stringent Testing

Each home’s plumbing, air, and electrical systems are tested to ensure safety once they are almost finished. They also go through rigorous weather testing to ensure that they can withstand hurricanes and tornadoes. Third-party inspectors intervene after a home has passed the strict testing required by its manufacturer. At this time they carry out their inspection before granting it a permanent certification seal.

 As you can see, mobile homes aren’t just “thrown together” and sent out the door! 

Well, What Makes Them So Safe?

We are so glad you asked! 

HUD-approved methods are used to fasten the roof framing to the wall framing, the wall framing to the floor structure, and the floor structure to the chassis in factory-built homes. This will ensure their safety in a variety of weather conditions. 

Result: the mobile home will be able to withstand sliding, uplift, and wind overturning.

A home’s wind-resisting components must also be built and designed to withstand horizontal wind loads and uplift roof loads unique to the location where the home will be placed. Additionally, the foundational system frequently includes the frame anchors that are used to secure the house. Your manufactured house is a sturdy and secure structure that you and your family can feel safe in, and call home!

A Purchase You Can Feel Good About!

These updated standards mean a properly built and installed mobile home is as safe in strong wind or weather events as a traditional site-built home. But as you probably already know, you’ll still want to do your due diligence! You’ll need to make sure your home is maintained and that you’re prepared if severe weather heads your way. A mobile home is a safe and affordable housing option for so many Americans. If you are ready to begin your search for the perfect home, speak with a member at Braustin Homes today! We can’t wait to hear from you!