Framing a house is not for beginners.
Building your dream house is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, and you want it done right. The framing supports the rest of the structure, so it’s a critically important element.
Most residential framing is done with wood, and builders need to make allowances for it to expand and contract. The right amount of spacing must be left when installing the sheathing, otherwise it can buckle.
But plywood sheathing can buckle even when the right amount of spacing is left — if moisture gets in. Moisture is one of wood’s biggest enemies. Careful application of a house wrap like Tyvek keeps most moisture out, but you have to be careful with flashing and other vulnerable areas.
Check Moisture Content
It’s also critical to know if the lumber is seasoned, and if so, how much. Wood begins to lose moisture as soon as it’s cut, and continues to do so thereafter. That’s why it’s graded according to its moisture content, so builders know what to expect. All lumber used in the building process should be protected from the weather at all times so the moisture content isn’t affected.
Constructing a durable house frame is more than just nailing the parts together securely. If a home is to withstand high winds, powerful storms and the test of time, the load path has to be properly calculated and strictly adhered to. The frame, sheathing and fasteners must be interconnected to provide the required level of strength.
Framing around protrusions such as chimneys and fireplaces also must be done carefully to prevent air and water leaks.
Framing to Save Energy
Modern framing techniques that minimize waste and maximize energy efficiency can save homeowners money. Studs are traditionally placed every 16 inches, but with advanced, energy-efficient framing, they’re placed every 24 inches. It’s true, you need fewer studs this way, but much more important is that it allows for more insulation.
Insulating corners also helps. These new framing methods save not only with heating, but with cooling as well. Only experienced framers should attempt these new design strategies, however, since it’s important to keep the load paths properly lined up, because less wood is used.
Call Falk for Framing
Falk Construction is northern Utah’s most trusted home builder and renovator. We’ve been constructing and remodeling homes and businesses in and around the Ogden area for more than 30 years. We get excited about new and improved building methods, and we quickly incorporate the best ones into all of our building and remodeling projects.
If you’re building a new home, or planning to add on to or remodel the home you’re in now, call the experts at Falk Construction.