Our Construction Process
Factory-crafted construction: A better way to build
It may be hard to imagine building a home in a factory, but compared to building on site, there are some big advantages:
- Controlled environment - Homes built in a factory aren't exposed to the elements.
- Time - Electrical, plumbing and every other construction process is done at the factory. This eliminates the scheduling hassles that slow down site-built construction. And we're not subject to the same weather delays you experience when everything is built on site.
- Cost - Building a factory-crafted home produces very little waste - and, because we buy construction materials in large quantities, we can offer lower prices back to you.
- Quality - Every Fleetwood home meets or exceeds the code requirements of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. And they are carefully tested and inspected.
Our skilled craftsmen execute thousands of tasks on every home we build. Here are highlights of the factory-construction process for most of our homes:
- Steel cross members and outriggers are welded to massive steel I-beams to form the base frame. The underlying base frames are engineered to support the weight of the structure and meet federal building codes.
- Floor joists are laid over the base frame. Insulation, heat ducts, and plumbing are installed.
- Flooring is fastened and glued to the floor joists.
- While the frame is constructed, the walls are built. For extra strength and stability, sheetrock is both nailed and glued to wall studs.
- Once the walls are installed, truss rafters are attached and high-grade insulation is put in.
- Roof sheathing and roofing paper are installed. This is sealed with tar three feet from the edge for extra protection. The roof is then shingled. This process varies by home type.
- All interior finish work is done, including installation of custom cabinetry from Fleetwood's industry-leading cabinet shops.
- Siding is mounted and windows are set.
- Multi-section homes are checked to ensure seams and patterns match, final inspection is conducted, and the home is prepared for transportation.
Following this process, another carefully crafted Fleetwood home is completed and ready for delivery to your home site in a few days instead of weeks or months.