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EXTERIOR WALLS AND STRUCTURES
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Here’s links to a collection of our blog posts about EXTERIOR WALLS AND STRUCTURES:
• What causes vertical cracks in fiber cement siding planks?
• What causes raised white lines of residue on a block wall that are crusty and crumbling?
• What are the vertical butt joint requirements for fiber-cement (Hardiplank) lap siding?
• Is the crawl space under a house required to be ventilated if the floor is concrete?
• What is the difference between soil subsidence, heave, creep, and settlement?
• Where are the most common places to find wood rot on a house?
• How much ventilation is required for the under-floor crawl space of a home?
• What is the difference between Acrocrete and EIFS?
• Do stucco walls mean a house is concrete block?
• What is board and batten siding?
• What causes stair-step cracks in a block or brick wall?
• Why is the concrete window sill cracking?
• What causes a horizontal crack in a block or brick wall?
• How can I tell if a diagonal crack in drywall at the corner of a window or door indicates a structural problem?
• What causes the surface of old bricks to erode away into sandy powder?
• What are the pros and cons of concrete block versus wood frame construction?
• Should I buy a house with a crawl space?
• What does CBS mean in house construction?
• Can vinyl siding be painted?
• There's cracks running along the home's concrete tie beam. What's wrong?
• What would cause long horizontal lines of brick mortar to fall out?
• How do I recognize structural problems in a retaining wall?
• How can I determine if a house is structurally sound?
• What does freeze damaged brick look like?
• What causes paint to peel prematurely on the exterior of a house?
• What are the pros and cons of aluminum siding?
• Should I be suspicious about a concrete block house covered with siding?
• What is engineered wood siding?
• Should I buy a house that has had foundation repair?
• What is a "continuous load path”?
• What is fiber reinforced concrete?
• What is the average life expectancy of wood siding?
• What is the average life expectancy of plywood siding?
• What is the average life expectancy of stucco?
• How can I tell when it's time to paint the house?
• When is a railing required for the edge of a deck or porch?
• Should I buy a house with asbestos siding?
• The house has asbestos siding. What should I do?
• How can I tell if cracks in the garage floor are a problem or not?
• What is a fascia and soffit?
• What do you look for when inspecting vinyl siding?
• Are brick houses hotter in Florida?
• Why is housewrap installed on exterior walls under the siding?
• How do I recognize serious structural problems in a house?
• Why did so many concrete block homes collapse in Mexico Beach during Hurricane Michael?
• How can I tell if the concrete block walls of my house have vertical steel and concrete reinforcement?
• Should I buy a house with structural problems?
• What are those powdery white areas on my brick walls?
• Why do cracks sometimes suddenly appear in walls and floors?
• What is the difference between "composite" and regular wood siding?
• Is a brick house sturdier than a wood frame house?
• What causes cracks in the walls and floors of a house?
• How can I determine if a house is structurally sound?
• How can I tell if the exterior walls of a house are concrete block (CBS) or wood or brick?
• What are the common problems of different types of house foundations?
• What are the warning signs of a dangerous deck?
• What does a home inspector look for in the crawl space under a home?
• What is the code requirement for the height and width of an access opening to the crawl space under a house?
• What are the places to look for structural cracks in a house?
• What are the code requirements for installing manufactured stone on the exterior of the wood stud wall of a house?
• What is a "slab on grade" house?
• How can I tell if a crack in a stucco wall is a structural problem and what is causing it?
• Where are the places to look to find structural cracks in a house?
• What causes a vertical crack in an exterior concrete block or brick wall?
• What is the minimum depth below ground of the foundation of a house, for either monolithic thickened edge slab or stemwall footing?
• Can vinyl lap siding be installed diagonally?
• Why is my brick wall cracking?
• Does a home inspector check the paint finishes on a house?
• How can I identify a home as ICF (Insulated Concrete Form) construction?
• Why do home inspectors sometimes recommend "further evaluation by a structural engineer"?
• How can I tell whether my house foundation problems are caused by a sinkhole or expansive clay soil?
• How can I tell if cracks in the wall or floor are getting worse or staying the same?
• How can I avoid buying a house with clay soil heaving foundation problems?
• Does stucco need expansion joints?
• What are the pros and cons of vinyl siding?
• How long does exterior siding last?
• Why do concrete blocks have holes in them?
• What are those powdery white areas on my concrete block wall?
• Can termites eat through siding?
• Does a home inspector verify that structural components like joists, rafters, columns, beams, and foundation are the right size?
• Why is stucco that goes into the ground a problem at a wood frame house?
• Is it alright to strip the paint from Ocala block to expose the original bare-block surface?
• What is causing the cracks in my wall?
• What are the signs of stucco wall leaks?
• How is water getting into the outside walls of my home?
• What is the difference between a control joint and an expansion joint?
• What is a vinyl siding zipper tool?
• How do I pick the right contractor to fix my stucco?
• What are different types of exterior wall construction for a house?
• How long does it take for a new house to settle?
• Is Hardie fiber-cement siding waterproof?
• What is a water trap at the exterior walls of a house?
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