The market shares of prefabricated houses in timber frame construction are extremely low. Among other things, this raises questions about lifespan and resale value. This is playing an increasingly important role when planning the purchase. This article therefore tries to give an answer to the question.
Prefabricated house and prefabricated house
The classic "prefabricated house" as a standard model with a few options has almost disappeared from the market. Today, prefabricated houses are more like "modular houses" - so many individual options can be included in the planning that it is almost a freely planned house.
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The market share of prefabricated houses in timber frame construction, which are designed as classic prefabricated houses, is very small. This type of prefabricated house accounts for less than 15%. Today they are not necessarily always cheaper than solid houses, but are very often already at the same price level - with appropriate individual designs often even more or less significantly higher.
Different estimates of service life
The reports issued so far, however, are quite unanimous of the opinion that the lifespan of houses in timber frame construction is significantly shorter. While solid brick buildings usually have a lifespan in the range of 80-100 years, most reports for timber-framed houses tend to be 40-60 years - that is, almost half.
From a structural point of view, this is not always understandable, and many manufacturers point out that they use the same standards as the builders of solid houses. In addition, especially in prefabricated house construction with little individuality, the rate of construction defects is often lower. Many manufacturers have rigorous quality control systems on site, which are also strictly adhered to.
Effects of the service life in the report
Such a statement in expert reports naturally also has a significant impact on the resale value of the house. It is generally lower for prefabricated houses than for a comparable solid construction. However, this is often only due to little questioned attitudes and prejudices, which are not always correct:
- Prefabricated houses were cheaper, so they are cheaper when used
- Prefabricated houses have a poorer quality (you can't say that across the board)
- I can use prefabricated houses for less than a solid house