Perhaps you have heard the term “green lumber” before but are not sure what it is. Green lumber is also referred to as wet lumber. As the latter name would suggest it is wood with a high moisture content that is used in construction.
As we would expect from a living thing, a freshly cut tree naturally contains a lot of water. The term ‘free water’ is used for water that has collected in the cells of the wood. After the tree has been cut down, this water will gradually evaporate until it reaches the same water content level of its surroundings. This is known as equilibrium moisture content, or EMC.
Obviously then, the longer this wood is left before it is used for construction etc. the dryer it will become, and better for use. This is not the case with green lumber however. After it has been processed, the wood is often stored in plastic wrapping until it is ready for use. This hampers the evaporation process, so the wood still has a higher moisture content when it is used.
Areas such as Arizona and parts of California often use this type of wood for construction as it dries out quicker in hotter places.
The reason green lumber is used comes down to the price. It normally costs less and is a softer wood, making it easier to cut and put nails into without it splitting.
We might ask then, is green lumber a better option than kiln dried wood? We will discuss this in a future article.
Positioning a building to enable it to utilize the suns energy for providing heat, is not a new concept. New advances in technology, however, make designing a home for optimum solar gain, a lot easier than before. What are some of the methods that homes can be designed and constructed to enable them to work with natural elements like the sun?
When a home is still in its design phase, computer models can show with precision how a home should be positioned and designed in order to get maximum solar gain, as well as seasonal thermal performance.
While it is important that the structure of the home should be positioned correctly. The floor plan is also an important part of the process. When considering the position of rooms such as the living room and kitchen, that are most lived in, these would want to be designed so that they benefit from the suns rays in the winter, but also enjoy shade in the summer. This is also important when planning the position of patios and decks.
Areas of a house that are not used as much like garages and laundry rooms don’t need to benefit as much from the suns heat, so can be planned out in a similar way.
What about the strategic positioning of trees? If placed in the right spot, they will provide much needed shade in the summer. At the same time though, you don’t want them to stop that much needed sunlight in the winter. So then, much thought and good planning must be taken when determining which type of tree is best, and factors such as whether it will loose its leaves in the winter.
Optimizing natural energy is an important step in the design process, but this has been only some of the ideas. In our next article we will consider a few more of these.
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Below is a video of just one example why every home with stucco should be inspected by a certified stucco inspector such as us:
After your home inspection, there is often times a contractor that follows up with consultation and repairs. But what if there is a difference of opinion on the contractor? Watch this short video to see what to do:
Do you need a stucco inspection in Orlando? Most people don't even think about that question, but if you have stucco on your home you can have some of the most expensive defects hiding below that stucco.
Does a home inspection cover stucco? To a very limited degree it does. Some stucco aspects can be inspected. For example weep screeds, head flashing, visible expansion joints, and the very important kick out flashing.
But there are issues that hide under stucco and in certain areas that need a certified stucco inspector to find. Moisture that gets behind stucco has very little ability to escape if the stucco was not done properly - or even if it was. This can cause unseen moisture damage and mold. Repairs from a stucco failure can cost tens of thousands of dollars.
We are certified stucco inspectors and specialize in Central Florida homes. So contact us today and we will be happy to fully inspect your stucco home!
We get our cars inspected, we get our HVAC units inspected, and we generally visit the doctor once a year. We do this because we know that these checkups are important. But when was the last time you had your home inspected?
For most of us, it is when we bought our home. But having an annual maintenance inspection is important, and can save you thousands of dollars in costly repairs. Annual maintenance inspections are relatively inexpensive as well. Contact us today, and have us perform an annual maintenance inspection on YOUR home.
Certified Stucco Inspector in Orlando, Winter Garden, Clermont and surrounding areas
Problems with EIFS/Stucco on residential and commercial buildings are prolific throughout Central Florida. After encountering many buildings with poor stucco applications during home inspections, Mike began researching specialized stucco inspectors in the local area to recommend to buyers. Through research, it was discovered that Exterior Design Institute, the leading organization for stucco inspectors, did not have any qualified inspectors in Central Florida. Therefore, Mike enrolled in and completed EDI's extensive training program.
Mike's main objective in earning EDI's Certification in EIFS/Stucco Inspections and Moisture Analysis, is to protect homebuyers that are making such large purchases. A home inspector may spot problems during a home inspection, but an EDI Certified Stucco Inspector understands the science behind the problem. Operating on a specific Standards of Practice, a Certified Stucco Inspector can provide much more detail so that the scope of the problem can be understood.
Imagine working on your home to get it ready for sale. You paint, you clean, and you make upgrades. You do all of this, only to find out that the buyer's home inspector has found an issue that you didn't even know about. Now, your sale is in jeopardy.
All of this can be avoided by having a pre-listing home inspection. A pre-listing home inspection lets you find out about these issues ahead of time, and fix them before a buyer is involved. Contact us today, and we will be happy to schedule YOUR pre-listing home inspection
Choosing the right home inspector can be a challenge. Just like finding the perfect home for you and your family, finding the right home inspector is just as important. No one wants to get "stuck" with unpleasant surprises after a home inspection. We here at Hero Home Inspections take great pride in our thorough and comprehensive home inspections. Not only are our home inspectors licensed by the State of Florida, but our home inspectors are also InterNACHI Certified Professional Home Inspectors and I am a Certified Master Inspector. Contact us today and see why so many continue to choose Hero Home Inspections for their Orlando home inspection needs!
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL