Modular buildings represent a growing industry, with more residential, commercial and industrial buildings of this type being erected every year. The unique design and construction of modular structures allow for quick and affordable installation, while certain types of modular building fasteners provide the finished look building owners are looking for.
Building Fasteners Used In Modular Structures
A modular building is fabricated in a controlled setting, most often a factory. The assembled parts are then shipped in transportable sizes and erected on site using specialized techniques that provide the stability desired.
Many people are surprised to learn that modular homes contain between 20 and 30 percent more building materials than standard wood framed or traditionally built homes. Modulars are assembled using two styles of building fasteners, often glue/adhesives and nails or glue/adhesives and screws. Some models are assembled with screws and staples. The combination of fasteners make a modular building tight and sturdy, allowing it to meet and exceed local building codes.
That Finished Look
Modular homes can be finished in many of the same ways as traditional homes. Most manufacturers and homebuilders admit that it is difficult to tell the difference between traditionally constructed homes and manufactured homes. Commercial and industrial buildings are often modular, due to the efficient assembly and affordable costs. Tenants, clientele and employees will be hard pressed to find a difference between modular buildings and those built on site.
Building fasteners play a major role in both types of construction, but the types used in modular homes must provide for a finished look right from the factory. Items like cap nuts, carriage bolts and flat socket cap screws provide a tight fit while maintaining an attractive overall appearance throughout the building.
High quality building fasteners are required for any type of construction, and modular building assembly is no different. The controlled environment used will protect vulnerable building materials from damage due to rain, wind and snow, but the same quality of fasteners are relied on to keep the building stable.
As more and more families and businesses look to modular building designs for their homes and offices this industry will continue to expand. And the modular building fasteners used will continue to provide solid and durable structures with an attractive finished look.
Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.