How To Look At A House

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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?

Why is my stucco cracking?

Can vinyl siding be painted? 

What is "Ocala" block?

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 Z flashing?

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 is concrete spalling? 

• 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? 

What causes mortar cracks? 

• 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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