Modular Buildings Philadelphia, PA

Modular Buildings Philadelphia, PA

Modular buildings in Philadelphia, PA are becoming a very popular choice for cost-conscious businesses of all types. Modular Genius is the undisputed leader in modular building innovation, as evidenced by the many industry awards we’ve received. Not only will your structure be a cost-effective solution to your space needs, it will be built to last for decades.

How Long Will a Modular Building Last?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions we receive at Modular Genius. You can rest assured that all of our structures are built to the same demanding standards as buildings constructed through traditional means. They have to be of the same quality, and they have to meet the same occupancy and construction codes.

In fact, our modular buildings exceed site-built structures in many ways. We transport our structures to a customer’s site via truck. As a result, we have to pay special attention to making them able to withstand inclement weather and high winds as they’re en route. That makes for a strong, durable structure that will stand up to whatever Mother Nature can throw at it.

There are a few factors that can reduce the lifespan of a modular building, however. Damp internal environments, a lack of quality control, and inefficient installation are just some of them. In addition, if the building is not used in the way it was intended to be used, that can also cut years off its lifespan. Other issues include not maintaining the building properly, or letting it sit vacant for extended periods of time.

In general though, a modular building should stand for anywhere from 30-50 years or even longer. Here’s a look at how long the specific components of a modular structure last.

  • Siding and windows – 30 years
  • Permanent structures – 50 years or more
  • Temporary structures – 25-30 years
  • Foundations – Permanently
  • Plumbing and electrical systems – 25 years
  • Mechanical systems – 20 years
  • Roofing – 20 years
  • Interior finishes – 5-10 years

Differences Between Temporary and Permanent Modular Buildings

A temporary modular structure, as the name implies, is meant to be used for a specific time period. It can be used multiple times, and transported to different sites if the need ever arises. But don’t let the “temporary” moniker fool you into thinking this kind of building isn’t durable. The name is more a reflection of how it’s installed.

A temporary modular structure isn’t attached to land – rather it’s affixed to a pier-type foundation made of concrete. Skirting material surrounds the crawl space, while ramps, steps and decks provide access. Temporary buildings have less complex floor plans, and the finishes are made of lighter weight materials. This makes it easier to dismantle and relocate this type of structure.

In most cases, as stated above, a temporary modular structure will last about 25 to 30 years, as long as it’s properly maintained.

A permanent modular building, on the other hand, is typically installed on a concrete foundation that reaches around the full perimeter of the structure. The crawl space is excavated, making skirting unnecessary. Permanent buildings offer more flexibility, since they’re affixed to real estate. You can add a variety of features, including canopies, stairwells, lobbies, and even elevators.

Contact Modular Genius for More Information

Get in touch with Modular Genius to learn more about modular buildings in Philadelphia, PA. You can use our online contact form or give us a call at (888) 420-1113.