You want your home to be well-insulated to reduce the cost of heating and air conditioning. Equally important is the need for proper ventilation to ensure that moisture and heat can escape from your attic to avoid problems with mold and/or ice dams. Ridge vents (also called roof vent systems), working in combination with soffit vents, are … Read More
We all love watching birds and get excited when they visit us at home. One instance where homeowners would rather not have birds is when woodpeckers look for bugs in their fascia boards, leaving ugly holes in the wood. What I can’t tell you is whether bird houses will prevent this damage (but I love … Read More
If you’re hungry you’ll want to cook up some burgers on a grill (no e) in the backyard. You definitely won’t find much success trying to cook anything on the wooden grille shown below (right). This is a good example of how confusing home related words like registers and grilles that mean almost the same … Read More
You probably know where there’s concrete in your house. Your foundation might be poured concrete or you house might sit on a concrete slab like my house being built in Florida (pictured above). What you’re probably not as familiar with are the somewhat strange, thin metal bars that are buried in the concrete to make … Read More
The exterior walls of a house and some interior walls are known as load bearing walls. That’s because they support the ceiling, the floors above and everything up to the roof of your home. Where there are doors and windows in these walls, lintels are the structural support beams that span the opening in a … Read More
What are they talking about? One of the challenges homeowners have is learning the terminology used to engage in many housing discussions. We started creating blog posts for individual terms but there are simply too many. So we’ve got links to help you find the real estate terminology, construction terminology and more to accomplish your goals. Whether you’re buying a … Read More
Plywood is a well known building material. It was once used extensively in new home construction as sheathing on the exterior of house walls, the roof deck and sub-flooring. Today oriented strand board (OSB) has replaced plywood in most of these places to lower construction costs. And now cross laminated timber or super plywood
Hardwood lumber is used to make flooring, furniture, cabinets and decking. Softwoods are used for framing, trim and other purposes. So it’s important to understand these differences when buying lumber.
Ipe wood is a popular green building material used for decking, furniture and flooring. Like mahogany, Ipe is typically a deep rich brown with some pieces displaying red and amber hues.
When you hear the word blocking, most Americans probably assume the discussion is about football. That’s why construction terminology is so confusing. Until you understand the concept which enables you to discuss construction blocking whether you remember the correct word or not. Blocking refers to short pieces (blocks) of dimensional lumber used in wood framed buildings. The … Read More