Friday, August 8, 2014

Proper humidity control is the key to maintaining your custom home

Proper humidity control is the key to maintaining your custom home.

If you have built or you are thinking of having a custom home built you should know that one of the most important things you can do is keep the home properly heated and cooled all year. If you want a nice custom home to look like a nice custom home in the future then you need to make sure that you keep the heat at a regular temperature in the winter and the air conditioning on in the summer at all times. If you spend a little money on energy you can help make sure that you custom home will still look nice and new for years into the future.

Not properly heating and cooling your home can cause the wood in your home to shrink and expand more than is expected. This can cause;

drywall cracking

nail pops in the drywall

extreme shrinkage in the framing of the home

interior doors to stick or rub on the frames

Interior door handles will not shut properly or lock properly.

Trim will swell and then separate as it dry’s.

Condensation will build up on the windows, cracking of the moldings and swelling of the window jambs that will restrict the movement of windows overtime

Paint will start to peel from condensation

Cabinetry will become out of square and allow the paint to crack

Wood floors to separate and even buckle from swelling

The wood sub-floor can swell; the wood joists will swell and expand while the steel beams that are attached to will not, this will create an uneven floor.

The expansion and contraction of the wall studs can cause glass mirrors that have been glued to the wall to crack and break.

All the things that I have listed above are not covered under your builder’s new home warranty. As the homeowner it is up to you to take care to maintain the humidity/de-humidity of your home during all four seasons. A little time and money spend to climate control your home will go along way into maintaining the overall fit and finish of your home.

Rob Abbott
Village Builders Inc.

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