The Importance of InsulationThe Importance of Insulation

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The Importance of Insulation

After living in our first home for a few years, my wife and I could tell that something was wrong. It was exceptionally difficult to regulate our indoor climate, and we constantly found ourselves adjusting the thermostat. Our house was perpetually uncomfortable, and it was really frustrating. Fortunately, because we decided to hire a professional HVAC contractor to inspect our system, we were able to detect serious insulation problems early. We decided that it might be helpful to make a website dedicated to providing free information about heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, so that other people could recognize serious issues.


3 Things To Check For During The Home Building Process

When your home is being built, you should be involved in as much of the process as possible. This does not mean being there while the workers are working, but instead it means knowing what your house is supposed to look like and how it should be constructed. Here are 3 important things to check for during the home building process.

Flooring Squeaks

First, you need to walk through the house when the house is being built as soon as the first layer of flooring is down. This layer is typically made out of wood, and it looks similar to the wood that is used for framing your house.

Walk around each room of the home when this wood has been nailed into place. Listed for squeaks as you walk because this could be an indication that the flooring has not been nailed down properly.

Of course, the flooring may settle over time, but if you hear multiple squeaks throughout the house before the real flooring is put down, then you need to talk to the contractor so that the flooring can be fixed.

Room Sizes

Second, you need to check the sizes of each room as they are being built. While you cannot expect the rooms to be the exact same size as the dimensions are given in the blueprint, you can expect them to be close.

Naturally, as the rooms are built, they can be cut off by an inch or widened a couple of inches. You should measure, however, to see if there are any significant differences, such as four or five inches smaller. This will really cut down on space and can make a room feel much smaller.

Also, you are paying for a certain number of square feet, so you want to make sure that you are getting what you paid for. If there is a problem, then you can work with the contractor to get it fixed so that your home is just right.

The Foundation

Lastly, you need to check the foundation of the house as soon as it has been poured. The foundation should be sealed on all sides, and it should be level. You can take a level to see if the foundation is even. This is important because you need to make sure that the house is being built on even ground and a firm foundation.

Also, check the cement slabs that make up the garage and driveway to see if they were poured over bumps that could cause the cement to crack. 

By checking these 3 things, you can help your home to be structurally and esthetically pleasing when it is finished. The best way to ensure that you are satisfied with your new home is to communicate your needs and wants to a contractor like Genuine Home Builders Inc.