All Excel homes are built inside, away from the elements.
This allows us to retain the most skilled craftsmen, and keeps all of our
material clean and dry. This also allows us to set up our workstations for
maximum quality and repeatability. Tools are of the highest caliber and are
kept maintained by a specialty maintenance staff.
Excel maintains a just-in-time delivery process for the
materials needed for your modular home. This is how we can offer literally
thousands of product choices for options and upgrades. In addition, we
maintain strict quality requirements on all incoming material. For example,
wood products are delivered covered from the weather. Upon delivery, they
are tested for moisture content. If moisture is higher than our strict
limits, the delivery is rejected and sent back to the supplier.
Floors are framed using pre-measured jigs that are built
absolutely square. A double 2x10 perimeter band insures the underlying
strength and integrity of the entire house. 16” on-center joists and
tongue-in-groove floor sheathing add to the structural rigidity. The
sheathing is both glued and nailed, and solid bridging is added to minimize
As with the floor system, walls are built on pre-squared
jigs. On all exterior walls, the drywall is glued, screwed, and sprayed with
foam-seal to assure absolute rigidity. OSB is used for exterior wall
sheathing to add to the strength. Together with the floor system, this
provides the backbone for entire house.
The roof is specially designed to fold for transport to the
building site. Shingles are pre-applied on the majority of the roof. Once on
site, the roof is raised and nailed into place, and the rest of the shingles
applied. Ceiling drywall is attached with adhesive structural foam, which
prevents nail pops.
Once the basic structure of the home is complete, all the
interior elements are added. Walls are painted with two coats of primer.
Floor coverings are installed. Kitchens and baths are completely installed,
with the plumbing ready for final site hook-up. All electrical work is
complete, with wires run for final site attachment to the electrical panel
box. All windows and doors are completely trimmed. Molding is available
pre-stained or painted white. With very little site work, the house will be
finished and ready for move in.
Once built, the home is delivered in sections or "modules".
The modules will be set on your foundation with a crane. When all the
sections are pieced together, your home may be as much as 90% complete,
depending on the type, design, and options you've selected.
Materials such as windows, doors, carpeting, hardwood
flooring, cabinetry, countertops, dishwashers, microwaves, sinks, toilets,
tubs, showers, plumbing, ductwork and electrical wiring can all be installed
at the Excel manufacturing facility.
Typically, the process of "setting" your home will take only
a few hours. When all the modules of your Excel home have been set in place,
work to make your home weather-tight and secure will begin.
By the end of the day, you'll be able to visualize how
wonderful it will be to live in your new Excel modular home.