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Fact or Fiction: Are Prefab Homes Killing the Construction Industry?
by Staff
With surprisingly friendly price tags and modern designs, prefab homes offer a cheap and often green alternative to traditional housing. But are prefab homes so smart, and so hip, that they're killing the conventional construction industry? Take our quiz to weed out the fiction from the fact.

The first prefab homes originated in the 1900s.

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When prefab homes gained popularity in the early 1900s, it was in the form of house kits.

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Prefab homes get a lot of hype for being cheaper than traditional construction, but there's actually not that big of a difference in cost.

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, prefab homes make up about 30 percent of all detached single-family housing in the United States.

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Even through prefab housing doesn't represent a large share of the U.S. market, it's immensely popular in countries like Sweden and Japan.

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Unlike traditional, architect-designed homes, construction on prefab homes is virtually unrestricted by weather conditions.

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Prefab homes might come with an easy-to-swallow price tag initially, but what you save on the sticker, you're sure to make up in repair bills.

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If your prefab home does need a repair, it's easy -- just stop by your local hardware store for materials.

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Prefab homes are do-it-yourself projects, so if you choose to go that route, get ready to sweat!

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Prefab homes come with a low price tag, but home buyers should expect that to be offset in part by hefty shipping fees.

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Traditional, architect-designed housing may be more expensive than prefab, but you won't encounter any hidden fees.

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Since prefab homes are all prebuilt, any prefab home you buy will adhere to your local zoning regulations.

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Prefab homes came to the rescue in the American South after Hurricane Katrina, where they could provide fast and permanent shelters for displaced families.

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Since they're manufactured so quickly, prefab homes generate a great deal of waste and are generally made out of new, non-biodegradable materials.

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Although they've always carried a stigma of low quality, companies are now making prefab homes that appeal to the luxury home buyer.

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Despite the economic nosedive that the United States took in the late 2000s, employment levels in the construction industry were at healthy levels as of early 2012.

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Although most industry insiders don't see prefab construction as a threat, aspects of it are being used to great effect in commercial construction.

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After the recession, when money was too tight for traditional construction, sales of prefab homes shot up.

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Even years after the housing crisis first hit the United States, shipments of prefab homes were still dropping as of early 2012.

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As it slowly got back on its feet, the traditional construction industry learned important lessons from the prefab sector.

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