The APA (the Engineered Woo Association) recommends that construction professionals leave a 1/8-inch gap between each panel edge and end joint. As ambient moisture changes, your OSB or plywood panels will expand and contract. When you butt the panels together tightly, there is no room for expansion and this can cause buckling in the panels. …
The local chapter of the Home Builder’s Association (HBA) is an essential cog in the making of a successful home building company. There are many really great reasons for you to join your local HBA. When prospective clients are looking for reliable, competent construction companies, one of their most popular sources of information is the HBA. Each HBA has a list of construction companies that they make available to the client; you get a free referral and the client knows that you are a reputable firm.
The key to preventing damage by moisture is to understand how water vapor interacts with building materials. Building materials absorb airborne water vapor and, if the material is cold enough to be below dew point, condensation occurs. We don’t want either condensation or absorption to occur, so there are two principles to adhere to avoid water damage, mold and mildew.
More and more home builders are recognizing the importance of insulation in achieving a good home energy envelope and the improved energy efficiency that home buyers are demanding. With raised-heel trusses, you not only get more space to put insulation, you also get trusses that offer greater curb appeal. Here’s how they can save you time and money.