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Pros and Cons of Wood Siding

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Pro
1. Siding comes in a variety of textures and thicknesses
2. Siding comes in wood and other, composite materials
3. Composite materials are less expensive
4. Composite sidings come pre-finished
5. Composite sidings are applied rapidly
6. All siding will cover large areas of walls and soffits rapidly
7. Siding material can be applied by same wood framing contractor
8. This is a clean material operation
9. Sidings can take a variety of paint colors
10. Siding debris can be recycled
Cons
1. Siding application is more expensive because of labor costs
2. Siding over frame construction requires a plywood or O.S.B. solid back
3. Material will show joints
4. Material will show nail or metal connections
5. Corners require extra care
6. Corners require caulking
7. Siding details at windows or doors require caulking
8. Siding requires periodic inspection for maintenance
9. Siding requires painting or staining every 4 to 5 years

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Pros and Cons of Stucco

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Stucco in this blog means cement plaster with a stucco finish.

Pros:
1. This is a 3-coat process, with metal lath over an underlayment paper
a. The first coat is the Scratch Coat of cement plaster
b. The second coat is the Brown Coat, also of cement plaster
c. The finish coat, of stucco, has color and texture
2. Structurally, stucco adds stability to a wood or metal frame
3. The material is fluid and adapts to any architectural style needed
4. The material can have the color and texture desired
5. It is fireproof
6. It is maintenance free
7. It reflects quality of construction
8. Stucco has insulation qualities
9. It is environmentally friendly
Cons:
1. Stucco will generate minor expansion cracks, like concrete. These, however, can be tolerated, or they can be easily patched
2. It has a flat look from a distance, with no texture like siding
3. Stucco can be a messy operation
4. Stucco debris removal can cost extra

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Pros and Cons of Steel Frame for Commercial Projects

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Pros
These are the same as steel framing for residential jobs, with two additions-
1. Light steel framing is faster than wood framing
2. Light steel framing is generally used in light commercial projects
Cons
1. There may be a learning curve, depending upon the contractor’s experience
2. There may be an expense for renting or buying power tools like screw guns, power cutters, generators and compressors
3. Plywood is still used for floor and roof sheathing
4. Steel must be very precisely cut, unlike wood

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Pros & Cons of Steel Frame for Residential Projects

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Pro
1. New code, C.B.C. 2007, can give certain advantages to the use of light steel framing
2. “Stick” steel is termed to be light U-channels
3. Two U-channels can be put together to form 2×4, 2×6, 2×8, etc.
4. Steel member walls are light in weight
5. Steel framing members usually have stamped openings for utilities to pass through
6. Steel framing is very quiet
7. Screw guns and power cutters are used
8. No waste of wood debris
9. Light steel framing can be faster
10. Low fire danger
11. Lower insurance costs
12. No termites
13. Whole metal house is grounded for lightening
14. Save trees
15. Steel is recyclable
16. Building departments look favorably on light steel construction
Con
1. Because light steel framing is fairly new, learning curve can be slow and expensive
2. General contractors or framing crews must obtain or buy new tools
3. Some building departments can be slow to adapt to light steel construction
4. Plywood still needs to be considered for roof sheathing
5. Wood rafter ends could take longer
6. Steel is difficult to trim, unlike wood

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