Over the last ten years, builders have been participating in a quiet revolution that is changing the fastener industry. In a bid to save time and money, contractors are moving away from the more traditional power drills and multiple styles of bits to the more effective impact driver.
It’s spring and, as home and condo owners take advantage of the improved weather to do a little work on their homes, you may be wondering where your renovation dollar will have the most impact. Careful planning and the right choices are the best way to ensure that your home improvements actually add value to your property.
Knowing what to look out for will help you to pass your building inspection with flying colors. Failing an inspection can be costly and time consuming and can eat into already tight profit margins. Here are some of the most common reasons building fall short of code expectations.
Failing a building inspection is a frustrating and costly experience for most contractors. You may have to go back and make adjustments or redo some aspects of the build and your scheduling will be compromised. You take longer to do the job and have to pay for the adjustments and that eats into your profit margins. Knowing the most common code violations and how to avoid them can save you time and money.
A recent inspection on a family residence revealed that sheathing panel edges were telegraphing through the roofing shingles. Since the roof was properly ventilated and there was no moisture present, we conducted an inspection to see what was causing the problem.
Recently we had a call from a builder complaining that their roof sheathing was buckling, causing a telegraphing effect through their roofing shingles. Concerned about the structural efficacy of the roof, they asked us to take a look. The builder and dealer thought it was a number of problems with the roofing panels themselves but, on closer inspection, we discovered that there were a number of installation issues that caused the problem.
As construction costs increase and building codes demand more effective building envelopes, construction professionals are looking to taller wall panels to fill in the gaps. OSB wall panels already make for a sustainable and cost-effective option but with longer length OSB wall panels, the efficacy of the building envelope is increased by creating fewer seams while costs, waste and installation time are reduced.
The APA Engineered Wood Association provides comprehensive guidelines for the storage of wood panels on site. Correct on-site storage will allow plywood and OSB wood panels to acclimatize to conditions on the building and prevent a plethora of framing problems down the line. The APA outlines several guidelines on the correct storage of panels to minimize the conditions that can lead to buckling and ridging; after all you’re protecting your investment.