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4 Common Myths About Building Modular

Whether you are in the modular industry, recently found interest in the industry, or you have no interest in the industry at all, you’ve most-likely heard about most of these modular myths. In this article, we will debunk these myths and share with you the truth about building modular!

1. Modular buildings are cheaper because they are poor quality.

There are several reasons why building modular can result in a more affordable outcome compared to traditional construction, but poor quality is not one of them! To begin, modular builders purchase products in bulk, thus reducing the cost per product. For example, think of shopping at Sam’s Club versus a regular grocery store. Usually, you’re able to get more for less at a store like Sam’s Club. By building modular, not only are you able to shop with bulk prices, but you’re also only paying for the exact amount of product that you need. Alternatively, a traditional builder may order extra product in case some gets ruined, thus resulting in the customer paying for more than what they actually need. Another reason why modular buildings are a more affordable option than a traditionally built structure is the modular process allows for far quicker turnaround times, resulting in lower labor costs. Most of the construction takes place inside a factory with controlled conditions, and therefore there are no delays or disruptions due to inclement weather. Additionally, those who work in modular factories specialize in specific tasks, such as installing cabinets, and become incredibly efficient over time. These are only a few of the explanations for why building modular is more affordable than traditional construction.

2. Building modular limits customization and design.

Many people assume that all modular buildings are built the same and that there’s no room for customization. The truth is that a modular building is a traditional building built in an indoor controlled environment. This means that there are unlimited ways to customize a modular building and make it your own. You can choose the layout, what kind of floors you want, energy-efficient features, type of cabinetry, and so much more.

3. Modular buildings have a short lifespan.

It’s important to understand the difference between a permanent modular building and a temporary modular building. Permanent modular buildings can last for as long as their on-site counterparts if they are built with high-quality materials and maintained properly. At Sunbelt Modular, we use first-rate products to ensure our buildings are long-lasting and durable. Temporary modular buildings are designed to give the customer a quick working space, and not necessarily a long-lasting one – think temporary relief buildings after a storm or short-term living spaces for athletes at the Olympics.

4. Modular buildings are not eco-sustainable.

Actually, modular construction is even more sustainable than traditional construction! Modular construction reduces the amount of pollution released by vehicles and heavy equipment which is required on site. Also, the modular construction industry has taken the lead in waste reduction! Each module is produced in factory settings, which allows for better control over product inventories. Leftover materials are recycled and reused for other modular projects, which reduces the waste that ends up in landfills. Additionally, modular construction provides an opportunity to incorporate energy-efficient features in modules.


While there are many misconceptions about building modular, we are here to give you the facts! Sunbelt Modular is the largest wholesale modular manufacturer in the Southern United States. We manufacture many types of modular buildings, ranging from churches and classrooms to Super Bowl offices! Get in touch with us for more information.