Placing notoriously leaky HVAC ductwork into an unconditioned space will not make for an energy efficient heating or cooling system.There are a few options which locate the ductwork within the thermal enclosure of the home. Options include moving the ceiling plane to the underside of the roof with an unvented attic or placing the ductwork in a conditioned basement. A third option is the installation of plenum trusses which allow for a compact ducting system to be placed in a conditioned bulkhead.
Increased incidence of strong weather systems and the tragedies that follow high wind events have encouraged engineers and designers to rethink the way we build to improve wall strength. Stronger walls will keep home occupants safer during weather events and will increase the lifespan of the home. One of the problems is that the roof, wall and flooring systems are installed as separate entities. Connecting the OSB wall sheathing and the flooring system can create a continuous load path which can improve wall strength by up to 38%.
Knowing the moisture content of your OSB sub-floor panel is an important indicator on whether to proceed with other stages of the build, especially if hardwood flooring is the next step. You need to know that using a moisture meter doesn’t give very accurate measurements with OSB or other glued products.
Buckling is mostly the result of moisture which causes wood sheathing panels to expand. While buckling does little to effect the structural integrity of the OSB panel, it can have a negative aesthetic effect which would result in expensive callbacks. Here are some ways in which you can mitigate the effects of buckling by accounting for normal moisture conditions and through moisture control.
The success of your flooring job rests in no small part on the quality of your sub-flooring. This is due to the fact that mistakes in the sub-flooring will show in the floor above and cause everything from squeaky to uneven floors. Preventing issues with proper sub-flooring installation is a lot cheaper than call backs.
Giving your roof a once-over in the fall is a great way to ensure you make it through the winter without damage or the need for repairs. One of the biggest winter risks is a leaky roof. These are most often caused by ice dams which occur when snow on the roof melts during the …
The color of the shingles you choose for your build can have a significant impact on the building’s energy efficiency. The color shingles your clients choose can have significant effect on the temperature of the upper levels of the building. Attic temperatures can vary as much as 20 to 40 degrees F which in turn can reduce energy consumption by 20%.
Framing walls plumb and straight is a matter of precision and patience. Doing so will avoid wavy walls, squeaky floors and those dreaded callbacks that eat into your profit margins. Here are some ways to improve your frame game. Store Materials Properly Most framing materials are able to withstand the kinds of weather that normally …