Home construction has a lot of moving parts. You need to worry about the materials, labor, insurance, permits, weather and so much more. If you have made the right choice when selecting a builder you won’t have these problems to deal with. However, if you select someone that is not experienced enough may land you headaches. Here are some common mistakes inexperienced home builders make that you should watch out for.
Neglecting to Install Raised Heel Trusses
The function of raised heel trusses is that it offers ample vertical space above the top plates of the exterior walls. It allows for the installation of a good helping of cellulose or fiberglass insulation on top of at least 2 ½ inches for a ventilation baffle and an air space. For a code-minimum home, raised heel trusses might need about 13 inches of vertical space at the top plates whereas another home located in another state may require 19 inches. Determine how much insulation you want to install and inform the home builder about it.
Poor Installation Of Fiberglass Batts
Here are some possible solutions to this issue. First, you can write specifications that insist they adhere to the Grade I installation standard and let the insulation contractors understand what you expect prior to the bid. Make sure to supervise to make sure that the standard is met or specify a different kind of insulation material.
Neglecting To Install Basement Wall Insulation
If SLC home builders are constructing anywhere that is definitely colder, the building code will require basement walls to be insulated. Keep in mind that just because it is required, it does not automatically mean they will install it. If the home builder insists that they won’t do it. Insist or just find another one that will.
With regard to slab-on-grade-foundations the common issue is neglect in installation of a vertical rigid foam at the slab perimeter. This is perfect for improving the thermal performance of the foundation.
Failed To Perform A Blower-Door Test
If the blower-door test is scheduled at the right time normally after installation of windows and doors and ideally before the drywall is hung there is a good chance to be able to identify leaks present. It is much easier to find the leaks and seal them prior to drywall installation. Make sure your builder knows about this.
When selecting a reliable home builder always choose one with at least 3 years of experience under their belt. This will ensure they have seen enough experience in the construction area to anticipate problems before they become one.