Modular prefab homes offer a range of benefits that make them the favored living option for many. One of these benefits is lower home maintenance costs. Lamelli’s modern prefab homes are energy efficient, durable and thoughtfully designed, making them easier to maintain.
Even the best modular homes are subjected to the same regular wear and tear as conventional homes. The good news is that conducting the appropriate maintenance of Lamelli’s prefab homes has been made so much easier.
Airtight Building Envelope
Modular homes are crafted with factory precision, resulting in all the seams fitting much more closely than they do in conventional site-built homes. The building envelope of a Lamelli home typically has an R value ranging from 40 to 60. This means that significantly less outside air can make its way into the house. The result is a home that stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer with less wear and tear on heating and air conditioning systems because they are not overused.
Heating and Cooling Systems
Lamelli’s homes are heated using radiant heated floors and heat recovery ventilation systems. Radiant heating is much more energy efficient and cost-effective than forced air heating. The heat that floors emit will travel upwards, thus warming the entire room to an even temperature. Heated floors are also easier to maintain. There is no need for ductwork with radiant heating and this is one less major thing to worry about during annual maintenance. Should your radiant heated floor need a repair, the problem can easily be located by a technician.
Heat recovery ventilation systems use warm air being expelled from the home to heat incoming air, ensuring a continuous flow of fresh air into the home without increasing heating costs. HRV’s prevent the build up of mold and allergens in the home by constantly refreshing the air.
In most homes, the first repairs you will need to make are to the infrastructure such as heating, air conditioning, plumbing and electricity. In a conventional home, these components are located all over the house, making it difficult to perform repairs without tearing up walls and floorboards to access problem areas. The result is that repairs are more expensive and time consuming than they should be.
Lamelli homes have centralized home infrastructure, meaning all the infrastructure is controlled from a central location within the home. This makes it easy for professionals to quickly diagnose and perform repairs with minimal disruption. This saves you time, money and a lot of hassle.
Regular upkeep and maintenance is the best way to ensure that the efficiency and functionality offered by a modular home remains top-notch. However, with a Lamelli home maintenance is made easier.
Here are a few checks you should perform annually to prolong the life of your home:
- Make Sure Your Home Is Level
As with all homes, they settle over time. Manufactured homes should be checked each year to ensure it is on level ground. Unlevel homes can result in issues closing doors and windows, cracks appearing in drywall and possible leaks.
- Check the Skirting Around Your House
Prefab homes are typically open underneath. Because of this, skirting is installed around the home to protect the plumbing and electrical systems that have been installed under the house. By maintaining the skirting, you can also discourage small animals from building homes under yours.
- Roof Maintenance
All homes require roof maintenance, and prefab homes are no exception. When it comes to the exterior of your home, the roof will receive the most wear and tear over time. If your modular home has a flat roof, you may need to reseal or recoat it periodically. Annual roof maintenance can keep your roof in great shape and prevent small problems from becoming big ones.
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