While on one of my many trips to South Texas, I’ve had the honor of meeting some great business owners while on my visit. By joining these networking gathering functions you get to meet a lot of interesting people, and I remember meeting this one man named Mr. Sims, and he owned Southwest Appliance Repair San Antonio, and he began to explain his philosophy about how construction mistakes may seem minor at first but they end up necessitating costly property and appliance repair in San Antonio. On the other hand, avoiding common construction mistakes will lead to high quality, energy efficient and comfortable living spaces. Here are the major construction mistakes that you should avoid in your construction project.
If ductwork is run via an unconditioned space, it increases energy wastage. However, running ductwork via a conditioned space reduces the cooling and heating cost by up to 35%. It also reduces ductwork length since the locations of supply register become more flexible. Therefore, make sure that your ductwork is wrapped in conditioned spaces that have R-4 insulation.
Floor plan design
Some floor plans are designed without considering site orientation. This is a mistake because it hinders the property owner from benefiting from the natural conditions of the area. For instance, if a home is oriented in a way that enables it to take advantage of natural lighting during the day, it saves the homeowner money that would go into lighting and heating expenses. Therefore, make sure that your home is oriented in a way that enables it to benefit from natural lighting and solar heating during the day.
Many people put their building wrap up quickly without considering careful or tape installation. This is a serious mistake that can lead to mold and mildew growth, drafty floors and walls, as well as rotting window jams. To avoid this, follow the instructions of the manufacturer. Make sure that seams overlap at least six inches in shingle fashion to shed water. Additionally, use code-approved sheathing tape to make the bond weather tight.
Many property owners and contractors use rule-of-thumb calculation to size their HVAC. This is wrong. Instead, use manual calculations that consider other construction processes or methods. Make sure that the system size is determined or calculated professionally.
Many property owners and contractors make a mistake of installing the minimal insulation possible and as fast as possible. This is not right. Instead, follow the recommendations of the Department of Energy to determine the most appropriate insulation levels for your property. Additionally, follow the provided insulation guidelines to ensure that your property conserves more energy.
To enhance the integrity of your property and make it a more comfortable living space, avoid these common construction mistakes. Ideally, talk to your contractor about them first and find out how they plan to avoid them.