EXTERIOR WALLS AND STRUCTURES

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Here’s links to a collection of our blog posts about EXTERIOR WALLS AND STRUCTURES:

What is the average lifespan of a house foundation?

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? 

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? 

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? 


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