Manufactured Home Wind Zone Regulations for Mobile Home Park Owners

If you are the owner of a Mobile Home Park and you are looking to buy used or new manufactured homes to fill lots in your park, it’s very important to understand wind zone regulations for the state that you are in, especially if you’re mobile home park is located in the Gulf areas of Texas, and other states along the coast for that matter.

To understand Wind Zone Regulations, please read the following from the Manufactured Housing Institute:

Each manufactured home must be designed according to the federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards at 24 CFR 3280, commonly called the HUD Code. The HUD Code stipulates, at §3280.305(c)(1) and §3280.305(c)(2), that the home shall be designed and constructed to conform to one of three wind load zones. The appropriate wind zone used in design is dependent on where the home will be initially installed. Homes designed and constructed to a higher Wind Zone can be installed in a lower Wind Zone (a Wind Zone III home can be installed in a Wind Zone I or II location). However, a Wind Zone I home cannot be installed in either a Wind Zone II or III area.

Wind loads (a lateral load) must be resisted by the home. The home must be capable of transferring these imposed lateral loads to the home’s stabilizing devices without exceeding the allowable stresses and other deflection requirements. Wind Zone I, Wind Zone II and Wind Zone III are identified on the basic wind zone map above. The manufactured home producer designs the home to resist the wind load, which is measured in pounds per square foot. Wind Zone I equates to a 70-mph fastest-mile wind speed. Wind Zone II equates to a 100-mph fastest-mile wind speed. Wind Zone III equates to a 110- mph fastest-mile wind speed.

Equipped with this information, the simple yet incredibly important step when buying a manufactured home to bring into your park is to verify that the manufactured home that you are purchasing has the appropriate Wind Zone certification for the county that it is located in. While a majority of homes in Texas and throughout the country are Wind Zone 1 areas, please make note below of the counties below that require a home to have a Wind Zone II certification, and some areas along coastal areas of the United States are actually designated as Wind Zone 111 areas.

    Another very important thing to note here, is that a Wind Zone 1 home can only be placed in a Wind Zone 1 area. However a Wind Zone II  home can be placed in either a Wind Zone 1 or a Wind Zone II area. Furthermore, a Wind Zone III can be placed in any Wind Zone area.

    This is important information to have to be equipped with as a Mobile Home Park owner when you are looking to buy new or used manufactured homes and bring them into your Mobile Home Park.

    By the way, if you are a Mobile Home Park owner and you’ve ever considered selling your park, fill free to give us a call. We can provide quick valuations/appraisal of your property to help you understand what your property may be worth, and if you’re looking to sell, we can also provide quick, no obligation cash-offers to buy your park as-is.