Spring is just about here. The landscape is waking up after its long winter nap and you can see signs that warmer weather is just around the corner. We just came across an article about storm damage and how spray foam closed-cell spray foam insulation can fortify a building against wind damage. This got us to thinking about building homes and what we look for when we buy a new or used home.
When looking to buy a home, you first fall in love with the appearance of the home and its features. How does it look? What style is it? How many rooms? How big are the rooms? What does the property look like? These are all things that are on the outside of the home. Rarely do people look at the systems of the home, how it is built, and the quality of the materials before they make an offer on a home. They leave those details to the home inspector who may tell them that the home is ship-shape and nothing to worry about or that the home is in need of repair work that will cost an indeterminant amount of money. By that time, however, the prospective homeowners have already taken mental ownership of the home and not much dissuades them from backing out of the deal.
With spring storms already appearing in several parts of the country, including tornadoes in Texas and the Great Plains states, you have to wonder whether the devastation you see on TV could have been avoided if better building practices were implemented. The rubble that is left after a tornado rips through a town is a huge cleanup project. Did these homes have to come apart like this?
The aforementioned article points out that if the builder had used spray foam in the walls to not only insulate but fortify the walls, would those homes still be intact? Another thing the article points out is that if the roof was better attached to the side walls of the home, then the roof might not lift up as easily thereby keeping it intact and lessening the damage inside the home. You have to ask if the home was built as eye candy or was it built for its intended purpose which is shelter?
It is good to know that there might be solutions to these problems caused by high wind storms. Hopefully, builders and homeowners will employ more of them as time goes on and we improve what is important.