There are many “fun” parts of choosing to build a home with Champion® Homes. There’s seeing all the great homes we post on Facebook and Instagram. There’s the act of browsing the site to find your dream home near where you plan to build. There’s the conversations you’ll have with your local retailer about details such as the number of bedrooms and floorplan. There’s even the process of actually setting your home, which many people find intriguing.  

Other parts of choosing Champion for your new home take on a much more serious note. One of those? Making sure your Champion Home can withstand high winds. Knowing whether or not your modern manufactured or modular home can withstand extreme weather conditions is very important! That’s why we’ve gone through the trouble of looking into the matter, so you don’t have to. Manufactured homes are built to establish a structural load path using design forces equivalent to site-built housing codes. Interested? Keep reading!

First things first, let’s make sure you have the right kind of home in mind when you hear “manufactured.” The truth is, today’s prefab homes still suffer from the stigma of “mobile homes” and “trailers.” But what many may not know is that on June 15, 1976, the U.S. Congress passed legislation to establish a federal building code for mobile homes. We talk more about the strict codes and regulations to which our homes are built in our “What Is a Manufactured Home?” blog, which you can read HERE. Simply put: A “mobile home” and a “manufactured home” are not one-in-the-same. According to, there have been zero mobiles built in over four decades! 

NOTE: Read the blog ‘Not Your Trailer Home Anymore: Meet the New Prefab Homes of Today’ HERE

Our factory-built homes are compliant with the strict construction and safety standards of the Federal HUD code, and when completed to Champion standards can be virtually indistinguishable from the site-built alternative. In many ways, thanks to our stringent quality control procedures and inspection requirements, our homes can be a better purchase than site-built homes. You can read more about our Quality Control practices in the blog HERE

Federal construction codes require our manufactured homes to be built using high-quality, standardized building materials… the same materials used in conventional homes. Also, modern Champion manufactured and modular homes comply with the most up-to-date construction requirements for wind safety, snow loads, and regional seismic loading. According to The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, the damage sustained by manufactured homes during high winds typically comes from adjacent structures and not from failed components in the home itself. 

And we can’t forget important details like tie-downs. Tie-downs are systems of heavy-duty metal hardware and anchors designed to stabilize manufactured homes during high winds. View a photo below.

So, what does it all mean? 

If a factory-built home is set up right and tied down properly, you might be surprised at how well it performs in extreme weather and high winds. Any home, whether site-built or factory-built, can be damaged from hurricanes and tornadoes, but when you’re looking to compare? Champion Homes stands strong. Ready to build your dream home? Click here to contact an independent local retailer

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