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Do I Need a Mobile Office or Modular Building?

The Differences Between a Mobile Office Trailer and Modular Building

Over the past 20 years, the concept of ‘selling space’ has evolved into a full-blown industry. The two most common types of temporary space available for lease or purchase are the mobile office trailer and the modular building. Both are used by a broad range of industries that include, but are not limited to, education, government, healthcare, retail, and construction.

mobile vs modular

How Are They Different?

mobile office differs from a modular building in the following ways:

Characteristics of a Mobile Office Trailer

  • Single, self-contained unit
  • Little assembly required (just basic securing of the structure to the ground)
  • Typically length of use is several weeks or months
  • Less expensive than modular
  • Life expectancy of 1-5 years, depending on care and conditions
mobile office with stairs
Modular Building in tall grass

Characteristics of a Modular Building:

(Prefabricated Buildings or Prefabs)

  • Multiple rooms, multiple side-by-side units, or multiple floors
  • Complex assembly (may require welders, electricians, architects, roofers, etc.)
  • More permanent-like building materials; can last as long as a permanent structure
  • Life expectancy of 15 to 20 years, depending on care and conditions

Both mobile office trailers and modular buildings are:

  • Temporary structures
  • Delivered on a flatbed truck and trailer
  • Built on-site in a short amount of time
  • Can be removed in a short amount of time
  • Can be modified to meet specific industry needs
  • Available for lease or purchase

In short, a modular building is similar to a mobile office in that it is a temporary structure, just on a larger scale. If your business needs multiple classrooms, floors, or buildings, modular could be the way to go. If your business is just looking for a temporary office or classroom to utilize until a permanent structure is built, the mobile office trailer may be more your style.

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