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Home Improvement and Measures

vgicygRemodeling a home might sound simple, but it takes a lot of a homeowner to make it happen. Firstly, you need to picture what changes you would like to make in your home and what would it impact. There needs an imaginative capability to imagine what your house looks by making the changes.

Roofing gives a home the look and feel for the family. To keep your home cool, use light color or a complete white shingle or also tiles that reflect the heat instead of any dark color surface that absorbs the heat. This will in turn reduce the energy bills as you would not have to cool your home often to keep it at normal temperature. The good part about your roofing is, you can choose the type of material you want as you have a wide range of materials that keep your roof cool.

There are two mostly used ways to insulate your home. The first is to be sure that the attic is lined and the second is to add climate strips to your doors. Insulation helps to keep the house warm constant in cold seasons and cool during the hotter seasons of a year.

If you are planning to do the project on your own, then instead of hiring a home remodeling contractor, hire for a consultation. You can save on hiring a professional for consulting than to work. You can discuss your ideas and interests about remodeling the home and also get inputs about changes that can be made to your ideas to make them better. Sometimes a change might seem interesting to you, but a talk with a professional might make you understand that the idea wouldn’t work in real-time and this is due to the vast experience the professional has.

You can add oil to your imaginations by referring to few home improvement magazines that help you understand the trending styles and available models that can be used for your home. You sometimes might not need professional home improvement contractors assistance as the ideas in magazines are self-explanatory and you can directly jump in, to make the improvements.

Kitchen is one of the daily used places of home and if you are planning on improving something in your kitchen, then you can think about repainting the kitchen cabinets. You can always choose to change the color of kitchen cabinets, which will make kitchen a better place. You can go to your local municipal authority for selecting the paints from oops-bin and the authorities will be happy to get some of their paint off their hands for free.

These ideas and methods above can be implemented in your home improvement project, but a care should be taken to read and follow the instructions on the materials and tools that are used during the project, if you are doing the project on your own. If you are hiring a contractor, be advised on hiring a professional and licensed contractor so that you can be sure that your house is in safe hands.

Modular Home Construction

Modular homes offer many distinct advantages over traditional site-built structures. The benefits of modular home building range from financial to environmental, and once finished, most homeowners would be hard pressed to spot the subtle differences between a home constructed modularly and one constructed conventionally. Modular home construction is not the right choice for every situation, however, and understanding the processes, benefits, and drawbacks of this home building method will give you a clearer idea if modular construction is right for you.

Modular Home Construction vs. Manufactured Home Building
Though modular home construction is often associated (or even confused) with manufactured home construction, the two are as different as night and day. Manufactured homes are also known as trailers or mobile homes; they are designed to be easily moved from one place to another, making customization extremely limited. In most cases, there is very little difference in design or performance between one manufactured home and another; typically, these structures offer little more than surface customizations, as their underlying structural components are fixed by rigid government standards to keep them mobile.

There is only one thing that modular and manufactured home construction always have in common: much of the building process takes place indoors. While both methods involve truck transportation, modular home construction offers far more options than mobile home construction because modular homes are not designed to be moved once they are completed. The only function trucks play in modular home construction is transporting pieces of the house to the job site. Instead of delivering lumber, drywall, and other building materials to a lot and assembling them on-site as you would in conventional construction, pieces of a modular home are assembled off-site and shipped to the lot to be put together.

Advantages of Modular Home Construction
When compared to traditional building, modular home construction is far more efficient because a very large portion of the work is done indoors. Sheltered construction allows modular home builders to work in shifts (both day and night) and eliminates delays and material wear or loss due to the weather. Since modular home construction is able to produce many homes in a single space, there is also less waste and more recycling than you typically find in conventional home building. All of these advantages translate into two main benefits: Modular homes cost less (about 10 to 15 percent less on average) and are built faster and more efficiently than site-built homes.

Modular Home Builders Are Top-of-the-Line
The only difference between a conventional home builder and modular home builders is modular home builders are able to work indoors. There is no difference in skill level between conventional and modular home builders, and the same name brands of materials, fixtures, and other home components can be used with either method. Indeed, some modular home builders are actually conventional home builders who decided that the flexible hours and steady work available in modular home building was a step up from working on-site.

Modular Home Floor Plans
In most cases, modular home floor plans are able to support just about any feature or form you’d find in a site-built house. Though modular home floor plans are somewhat limited by the need for transporting much of the house in pieces, the fact is, anything you’d find in a new housing development is likely available in a modular home for less. Modular home builders are going to do some of the assembling on-site, as some features that are not able to be transported (like basements) are constructed in place. However, by using indoor construction for as many components as possible, modular home builders are generally able to get you the house you want faster, more efficiently, more affordably, and with fewer wasted materials than traditional home builders. Maybe that’s why modular homes now account for more than one in every four new single-family homes sold each year!

Fill Your Own Pot of Gold with Green Home Improvements

Anybody who’s ever enjoyed a bowl full of Lucky Charms for breakfast knows that where there are Leprechauns, there’s sure to be a pot of gold close by. All you’ve got to do is look for the rainbow. Unfortunately for most homeowner’s bank accounts, locating those Leprechauns is easier said than done, leaving most of us looking for more practical ways to save a few bucks. But what if keeping an eye out for a flash of green wasn’t such a bad impulse, after all? In these times of skyrocketing energy costs and increased environmental awareness, green remodeling options that range from the simple to the complex can end up saving homeowners big money as the years roll by. Here is a list of the most moneywise green remodels in the business, along with an estimate of just how much gold you can expect to find at the end of the rainbow.

Why Look for a Pot of Gold When a few Gold Coins Will Do?
Some might say that the entire leprechaun myth is really a lesson about the elusive qualities of easy money. That said, for many homeowners it makes a lot more sense to quit looking for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and start poking around for a few lost coins instead. If you’re not ready to cash in your inheritance for a total green upgrade, try these simpler solutions on for size:

  • Programmable Thermostat—According to the consumer advocate website greenandsave.com, a programmable thermostat that costs between $85 to $125 to purchase and install can end up saving you and yours $100 to $300 a year in reduced energy costs. In other words, give your new thermostat a year to pay itself off, and after that this inexpensive home improvement starts filling up your pot of gold in no time.
  • CFLs—According to the D.O.E.’s Energy Star website, compact fluorescent light bulbs use 75% less energy than their incandescent counterparts, and last up to 10 times longer. That adds up to total savings of about $30 for every incandescent bulb that you replace with a CFL. Multiply that $30 by every light fixture in your home, and it’s surprising that leprechauns don’t hide pots of CFLs instead of gold all over the Irish countryside.
  • Power Strips—It’s common knowledge that leprechauns like to lay low and avoid being noticed. Unfortunately, according to greenandsave.com, one of the most wasteful uses of energy in your home goes largely unseen as well. As much as 25% of the electricity that is consumed by the appliances in your home is used when those appliances are turned off. By purchasing a $10 powerstrip, and cutting power to home appliances when they are not in use, you can easily double your money in the form of reduced energy savings over the course of a year.

Don’t Rule out Pots of Gold
Of course, if there was a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, would you pass it up? We didn’t think so. The truth of the matter is that there are a number of mid-range green remodeling projects out there that pay for themselves in a few years time when you take into account long-term energy savings and the ever-increasing cost of home heating fuels. Call it whatever you want—a pot of gold, or just a smart investment—here’s a list of mid-range green projects that deserve your attention.

  • Windows—According to the D.O.E., installing new replacement windows can cut your home heating and cooling costs by as much as 50% annually, depending on climate and the windows you presently have installed. At $750 to $900 per window, assuming you’re smart and opt for multiple panes, low e glazings, insulated frames, and other energy-efficient upgrades, new windows aren’t cheap. But if you figure your new windows have a 30 year lifespan, and have the potential to reduce home energy costs by 50% year in and year out, it’s easy to see why replacement windows are seen as a golden opportunity by people who think green.
  • Insulation—When most homeowners think insulation, they focus on walls and attics. Not a bad impulse, as upgrading insulation in both of these areas can result in a big payoff in energy savings. Insulate crawlspaces, foundations, basements, and even ductwork and hot water heaters, however, and your energy savings are almost guaranteed to shoot through the roof. Greenandsave.com suggests that you start by scheduling a full energy audit to help identify exactly where your home’s insulation can benefit most from a boost.
  • HVAC Upgrades—According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling systems account for 45% of the energy use in an average American home. It goes without saying, then, that installing high efficiency furnaces, boilers, and air conditioners can make a huge difference when it comes to lowering your energy bill and filling your own pot of gold.

 

Why Settle for a Pot of Gold When you can Have the Whole Rainbow?
Finally, there are green remodeling projects out there for treasure hunters of a different sort, whether you’ve already got more pots of gold than you know what to do with, or protecting the environment is enough of a priority for you that you’re willing to make a major investment in green, whatever the costs. These green remodeling projects come with hefty price tags, to be sure, but when you factor in the combination of huge potential energy savings, beneficial environmental impacts, and the satisfaction you’ll get knowing you’ve done your part to create a better, more sustainable world, it’s safe to say that these green upgrades are worth more than even the biggest pot of gold.

  • Geothermal Heating and Cooling—Geothermal heating and cooling systems circulate fluid through an underground system of pipes, utilizing the steady temperature of the earth, year round, to heat and cool your home. These systems are costly to install (in the neighborhood of $30,000), but according to the D.O.E. and greenandsave.com, they can last up to 50 years, and cost anywhere from 40% to 75% less to operate than conventional heating and cooling methods.
  • Green Roofing —If your home has a low or no pitch roof, consider a true green roof—one that consists of actual vegetation! According to greenandsave.com, these roofs provide 20% better insulation than more conventional roofing products (reducing your heating and cooling costs), and they can dramatically lower environmentally harmful roof runoff as well, especially in urban areas where it matters most. Best of all, since your roof will be made of live vegetation rather than petroleum-based roofing materials, your roof will contribute to reducing the greenhouse effect, rather than making the problem worse.
  • Go Solar —Installing photovoltaic solar panels to provide electricity for your home has finally become an investment that can reap profits, rather than one that is guaranteed to lose money in the long run. According to greenandsave.org, the initial investment won’t be cheap—somewhere in the $25,000 to $30,000 range for an average home. But once you figure in tax credits, available grants for sustainable home building, and long-term energy savings, you could be looking at a return on your investment that doubles what you put in! It could take a decade or more to reap the rewards, but don’t be surprised if your initial investment of twenty or thirty grand ends up netting you as much as $60,000 when it’s all said and done.

Whether you believe in little green Irish fairies or not, it’s clear that there’s more profit to be had in going green with home improvement than you’ll ever find at the end of a rainbow. Making green by going green isn’t the fairy tale it used to be. Instead, it’s the smartest decision you can make if you’re ready to invest in major home improvement for your home.

Making your Home Renovation Pay Off

tgckylHome renovating is a tricky business. Most homeowners dream big, and it’s not unusual for a homeowner’s list of wants to push the limits of what’s realistic to take on. When deciding which renovation is best for your home, you should be asking a few questions. First, what type of renovation does your home need? Two, which renovations are going to add the most value to your home? Finding a balance between these two is where you’ll likely find the best returns financially and on a personal level. Here are some ideas to help.

Which House Renovating Projects Pay out and what’s Popular?
Start out by getting to know home renovating. Research the web, pick up some building and design magazines, check out some books from the library and watch all the home improvement TV you possibly can. You’ll quickly learn that kitchen and bathroom remodels will add the most value to your home, basement remodeling can be a great way to add a lot of square footage without a major addition, and aging-in-place (remodeling to accommodate aging adults) is the fastest growing remodeling trend in the business. Take it a step further by talking to several local contractors and you’ll also get the skinny on what’s selling and what’s hot in your neck of the woods. What’s all this knowledge going to do for you? Easy. You’ll have a better idea of what your options are, and which renovations are going to pay off most in the end.

What are the Joneses up to?
After you’ve become an expert on home renovating in general, take a drive or a walk around your neighborhood. Pay attention to what other homeowners in your area have done in terms of house renovating and make a note of improvements that appeal to you. Maybe you’ll stop at a second story addition and think how nice the extra bedrooms would be, or it might be the new paint job on the neighbor’s home that gives you pause. Take it all in, and take notes so that you’ll remember what caught your eye. And how about the inside? Pick up some real estate brochures as you walk by homes on the market, especially those with a similar floor plan to yours. You’ll be amazed at how they can give you a glimpse of what a kitchen remodel, some new flooring, or a new master bedroom suite might do for your home as well.

Which Home Renovating Projects Fit your Neighborhood?
The other reason you should start paying attention to your neighborhood is to get a good idea of what homes in your neighborhood sell for, and what they have to offer. Choosing the right renovations for your neighborhood will set your home apart from the others and raise its value. If you overdo it, however, the money you put in can be virtually impossible to get back out. Take a subdivision of modest ranch style homes, for example. Building a modest redwood deck in the backyard can really distinguish it from all the other homes and their concrete patios. Throw in a hot tub, swimming pool, and a backyard gondola, however, and not only will you not get your money back, but potential homeowners will likely shy away from a home so out of place with its surroundings.

Which Home Renovating Project will you Enjoy Most?
Finally, sit down and think about which house renovating projects float your boat. By now you’ve probably acquired a list of several home renovating ideas that you’re interested in, and that make sense from a financial standpoint. But which one is best for you? Sure, it’s important that you invest in home improvements that are financially sound, but remember, these renovations aren’t all about business. They’re also about improving your life. That being the case, which activity do you enjoy more? Cooking and entertaining, or kicking back and watching a movie in style? Answering that question can be the deciding factor between a kitchen remodel and turning your basement into a top-of-the-line rec room/home theater. Both make good sense in today’s home market, but which one makes the most sense for you? Once you make that decision, you’re ready to talk to a contractor about what it’s going to take to get your new renovation project up and running as soon as possible.

Follow the Given Steps for Repairing Your Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heater is installed in most of the households these days, which requires time to time repair and maintenance. This article will help you to know the various steps that you need to follow while repairing them. In case, you find that the heating is not enough or not heating at all, then you need to replace the heater.

Turn off the power

To start with you must turn off the power switch available in the control panel. It will be good to put a tape over the switch, so that no one switches it on by mistake. You must also ensure that power has really been switched off, by checking it with the help of any multi meter. This is very important for your safety.

Open faucet of hot water

While turning off your supply of water open the hot water faucet so that some of the water present may be siphoned out of your heater.

Drain heater

Use Philips screw driver to remove the screws fitted in the bottom of the heating chamber plate so that you can help to drain out all the water present in the heater. Replace the plate after draining out the water.

Remove wires

Remove red and black wires fitted with heating element by opening the screws.

Remove old element

With the help of adjustable wrench loosen the heating element and also cover the heating element with some piece of cloth so that water may not fall in the control board. Now remove the element together with O ring fitted with heater.

Seat new O ring

Make sure that new O ring is properly placed on the new heating element and with the help of proper tool install the assembly in the heater. The element should be properly tightened.

Replace wires

Now with the help of your Philips screw driver connect the red and black wires of heating element.

Turn on water supply

Now tighten the drain plug screw and then turn on the water supply. Check the water around the drain plug and heater element.

Dry control board

There should be no water present in the control board and if you notice any trace of water then by using hair dryer blow hot air on it, so that it may dry out. Take some time to make sure that water has fully dried out. Water drop may create insulation problem when you power on the heater.

Fill up water and switch on the heater

Now refill the water and make sure that there are no leakages. If everything is fine then turn on the power switch and check the water temperature.

Important point to note

Sometime after turning on your heater you may get alarm sound with certain error code in the display after tankless water heater repair San Diego. This means there is presence of moisture in the control board and hence your heater has been disabled. In such case, recheck for any leakage of water and dry the heater again thoroughly and restart again.

 

Learn About Tricks For Home Improvement Here

With regards to your living space, it is important that it looks good and is very comfortable. The best way to improve your home is to add your personal taste by learning about different projects and taking them on yourself. The following information will give you a great background to build off of.

 

Add some sophistication and class to your living space by building a unique addition. Think of dedicated rooms for uncommon purposes, such as a classy billiard parlor (instead of a mere game room) or a well-appointed wine cellar. It will impress your guests and anyone that is interested in purchasing your property.

Consider converting unused rooms in your house. Before you spend too much money adding an extra room or two to your home, seriously look at what you have to work with. Are you getting much use out of that exercise room or office? Even storage spaces like attics can be transformed into something useful, like a bedroom.

Hiring a professional organizer for a home storage makeover, can do wonders for your home’s look. Most of us have catch all areas throughout the house, where items tend to go to die. We all have areas that we look at and say that we’ll straighten it out tomorrow. A professional organizer can suggest changes you can make to avoid these problem areas and make your home more efficient.

Put your used paint brushes and rollers in plastic and in the fridge! If you are going to continue using the same paint in the near future there is no reason to wash out your brushes and rollers. Just seal them in a plastic bag and put them in the refrigerator. They will be usable for weeks!

You can make simple art for your wall by purchasing some solid colored picture frames and tearing out pictures from old children’s books. Illustrations from the likes of Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz and so on are very popular. They make great old fashioned wall art, and add a touch of personality to your home.

Never neglect an electrical system upgrade when you are making home improvements preparatory to selling your house. Older houses are woefully unequipped for the demands of modern appliances and electronics. Even recently-built homes may lack the power systems that the latest gadgets require. Installing a fully up-to-date electrical service will make your home stand out to potential buyers.

Before painting or staining a wooden object you should use sandpaper to smooth the surface of the wood and then wipe the object off with a damp rag. Using sandpaper with a fine grit helps to give it a nice smooth finish. Use a damp cloth to remove dust and be sure of the smoothest finish.

Install ceiling fans to disperse heat and cooling better throughout your home. During the mild seasons, ceiling fans can provide all the cooling you need. Throughout the colder winter months, your ceiling fans can spread out the warm air from your heating system faster, cutting down on expensive heating costs.

You should use the different tips you just read. Take the time to properly prepare yourself before beginning any home improvement project. Home improvement projects can be pretty fun, and appreciating the results of all your hard work is even better.

Update Your Fixer – Upper With These Home Improvement Tips

Before you decide that you can’t tackle a home improvement project, do a little research and you will find that there are several you can do on your own with little hassle. Take this home improvement information in stride, and learn how you can complete home improvement projects on your own.

 

Get copies of all the pertinent documents, such as inspections, permit applications, and the actual permits. Before you hire the contractor, ask about his policy concerning those files.

By using a bold print in your living room, you will be able to transform it from boring to awesome! Try adding leopard or zebra print to your living room in the form of an accessory such as a small area rug, chair cushion, wall art or decorative pillow.

If you want to put a new surface on your home, stucco is a good choice. Stucco is a long-lasting siding option, although professional assistance may be required.

Stuffing steel wool into holes or cracks that mice might be using is a temporary yet effective solution. Rodents cannot nibble through the steel wool as easily as they can chew through wood. It will therefore assist you in keeping these pests out of your home until a complete repair can be made.

To avoid excessive repair bills ensure storm water does not flow towards your walls. To keep run off water from damaging your house, create a gradual slope falling away from it, so that water doesn’t accumulate near your foundation. Another good idea is to add an extension to the downspout that carries water from the roof gutters. This will carry the water further from your foundation; again, avoiding water pooling beside your house.

A beautifully crafted entrance door can potentially increase a home’s value up to 10 percent. Update the appearance of your entire house by installing a brand new doorknob and matching lock to your front door.

If you are looking for a great way to improve your home, consider adding new appliances. Whatever your situation, home improvement encompasses upgrading your appliances.

When fixing up a house for re-sale, you need to deal with the outside first before working on heating and plumbing. People can’t see the inner items, but the outside of the house is easy to see, so an ugly looking exterior will turn people off.

Decide whether or not you should disable your burglar alarm when you put your house up for sale. It is efficient to have an alarm system installed in your home if the neighborhood can be unsafe or you are not currently residing in that area.

If you are thinking about home improvement, you might be overwhelmed by everything that is required. There is a lot of preparation, understanding and planning that you are going to need to do, though you have to start with what is important to the project that you are going to be doing. The tiny bits of advice and guidance found throughout these paragraphs should be enough to launch you on the right path, and keep you straight as you proceed.

In the Home Improvement World, Less Is More

Traditionally, paying for “less” in a product has been nearly synonymous with shoddy craftsmanship, lower life expectancy, and overall disappointment in the end. However, in the modern world of home improvement, seeing “less” of a product can mean better efficiency, more convenience, and results that will leave you more than satisfied!

Ductless A/C
As the name suggests, ductless air conditioning means a whole house cooling system that doesn’t require the bulky ductwork that comes with conventional systems. While traditional systems are fine, the real benefit of these ductless beauties is that they can go places where their massive predecessors cannot. Particularly preferable in older homes (which were designed when residential air conditioning seemed about as likely as the flying car), ductless A/C can be an appropriate solution to summer heat as well as a selling point for prospective buyers!

Seamless Gutters
The seams in old gutters are notorious for creating clogs, which in turn can lead to plenty of problems including (but, of course, not limited to) soil erosion, basement flooding, roofing breaches, and mosquito infestation. By taking the seams out of your gutter system you are taking a huge step in the direction of a gutter system that performs as it should. While these gutters have “less” seams, few home components have seen more popularity when compared to their predecessors; nearly 75% of all gutters installed across the U.S. are seamless!

Tankless Water Heaters
In modern America, having enough hot water to take a comfortable shower shouldn’t be a “luxury.” For those homeowners whose old hot water tanks are simply too small to get the job done, tankless water heaters may be the upgrade you’ve been looking for! Also called instantaneous water heaters, tankless models heat your water as you use it, thus being more cost-effective. This means that they use less energy than hot water tanks, but it also means that if they are installed properly, you’ll never have to worry about your shower going cold ever again!

Stainless Steel
In a kitchen fit for a king, stainless steel is the finish you’re looking for. Durable, attractive, and a staple in professional settings everywhere, stainless steel has made its way into residential kitchens in a big way. While a finish doesn’t necessarily denote a product’s quality, it is impossible to deny that many of the best appliances on the market don’t come coated in anything else. One of the nicest things about having stainless steel in your kitchen is that it goes with just about anything (though one of the things it looks best with is, of course, more stainless steel). When your kitchen has the professional appearance and performance of steel that’s stainless, you may find yourself enjoying the space much more than before!

Wireless Electricity
Okay, so this one isn’t quite here yet, but its development is one of the most exciting “lesses” we know. Wireless electricity might only be able to power small devices right now (one of the most impressive examples to date occurred in 2007 when a group from MIT demonstrated that you could successfully power a light bulb from 7 feet away using “magnetic fields and perfect resonance”), but in the future you may be able to eliminate the need for power cords in your home altogether. While there’s no denying our drive to see more, this is one area where we can’t wait to see “less” in the near future!

Building a New Home? Frame with Steel

Steel framing is exactly what it sounds like. Instead of using traditional wood construction to frame your new home, your contractor will use steel beams to support your home instead. Steel framing is stronger than wood construction, doesn’t warp or crack like wood, is impervious to insect infestations and is very cost comparable to boot. If you’re looking into building a new home, think about metal stud framing.

Earthquake and Hurricane Proof
Perhaps the biggest draw to using steel to frame your home is its structural integrity. You simply can’t find a stronger, more resilient framing material on the market. It’s the main reason why steel framing has become a popular choice for areas prone to earthquakes and hurricanes. It won’t split or crack under duress and can survive winds of up to 180 miles per hour! And unlike wood, steel won’t warp, crack or split over time. Be it a natural disaster or simply the passage of time, steel construction bests wood.

Termites Don’t Eat Metal
The other big draw of steel framing is that it is impervious to insect infestation. Bugs simply don’t find steel very appetizing. This can be a major selling point if you live in an area of the country where termites, carpenter ants, and other insects regularly cause major damage that requires costly repairs. By choosing steel you will ensure that you’ll never have to call an exterminator or worry about the structural integrity of your home when it comes to our six-legged friends.

What about Energy Efficiency?
The main argument against metal stud framing is that it hasn’t proven to be as energy efficient as wood construction. While this is a real concern since steel conducts heat and cold much easier than wood, with proper construction techniques and good insulation your steel framed home can reach an energy efficiency rating even higher than that of traditional wood construction. And if you are concerned about our greater impact on the environment, you might want to take into account the fact that all steel framing materials are made of at least 25% recycled steel and are also100% recyclable when the structure is torn down. How’s that for a green building material!

Cost Comparable
Framing with steel is very comparable in cost to wood construction. The labor costs are more expensive since it requires more expertise and planning than wood to put up, but the material is quite a bit cheaper, which evens things out. You’ll pay one or two percent more in initial costs by choosing steel, but if you balance that against the long-term structural benefits of steel and its resistance to insect infestations, you’re going to come out ahead in the long run. If steel sounds like the answer for your new home construction needs (and how could it not?), contact a prescreened contractor or construction management company experienced in steel framing to ensure the job is done right.