Mobile homes, also called manufactured homes, are built according to rigid safety standards developed and implemented by the US Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In short, their floors and overall structure can withstand the weight of standard furniture, earthquakes and inclement weather conditions.
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What’s the maximum weight that a mobile home’s floor can hold?
If you want to know the actual weight capacity limit, it’s 40 pounds per square foot, which means that your mobile home can support a reasonable amount of weight (from furniture, new flooring, fixtures, etc.) provided that you don’t cram a lot of cumbersome objects into a tight spot.
A typical mobile home has around 1,184 square feet of space, so there is no point cramming all the heavy objects in one spot.
Take note that the 40 pounds per square foot limit is just a rough estimate. After all, the exact load your floor can withstand depends on the floor joists’ size and their distance from one another. As a general rule, the shorter the gaps are, the better support they provide.
If you’re buying heavy furniture, remember that a mobile home’s floor can hold a concentrated load of at least 200 lbs. per 1-inch diameter disc.
One good piece of advice is to position considerably heavy furniture pieces right on top of joints to prevent the excessive weight from damaging the floor; place them in a way that their weight spans multiple joists to prevent surface deflection, or put them against or close to the wall.
The edges of a mobile home floor have a greater load-bearing capacity compared to the central section because they are designed with the support structure of the walls.
How to prevent floor collapse or damage?
Whether you’re dealing with a mobile home or a site-built house, floor collapse or damage can still happen if you allow leaks and wood rot to take their toll; this means that if you see any sign of leaky pipes, excess moisture and pest infestation, you need to address them quickly rather than wait for them to affect the structural integrity of your home. (FYI, they won’t improve over time unless you make the necessary repairs.)
Another way to preserve the integrity of a mobile home’s floor (and its overall structure) is to keep it stationary. While it’s true that you can relocate it, some counties have their limitations. For instance, homes that are 10 years and older may not be allowed to be moved to another location.
Today’s manufactured homes have rigid flooring and strong overall structure compared to the designs a few decades ago. In fact, before they are sold to the public, they should meet a rigorous set of testing conducted by third-party inspectors to protect the rights of homeowners and buyers.
Manufactured homes in hurricane-prone areas are even required to pass more stringent testing than the one applied to stick-built houses, plus they contain up to 20% – 30% more construction materials because they need to withstand the “stresses” during the transportation (from the facility to the land where they will be installed).
Now that you know how much weight a mobile home floor can hold and the impressive structural integrity of the entire house, it’s time to find a stunning manufactured home community that offers amenities such as a pool, spa, a clubhouse with a full kitchen, a laundry room and a gym.
Visit Palm Drive Mobile Estates today and imagine yourself living in a community surrounded by beautiful desert mountains and hot springs. Feel free to leave a message here for more details. We’re excited to hear from you soon!