Energy Efficiency and Log Cabin Inspections

log home inspectorsWe perform home inspections in many different types of homes and, over the years, we have seen various new materials used for homes but, despite this, log homes have always remained a popular option. As either pre-cut in a factory or site-built, many manufacturers allow for a customized design and there are many factors that you should be considering if you want to aim for energy efficiency.

R-Value of Wood – Firstly, wood will help to provide insulation and its given ‘R-value’ shows its thermal resistance. If the R-value is high, it will be more thermal resistant than a lower number. For softwoods, the scale starts at 1.41 per inch whilst most hardwoods achieve around 0.71. For example, a thick log wall of 6 inches would see a clear wall value of around 8. By definition, clear wall means no windows or doors as these factors will affect thermal resistance.

When it comes to insulation, wood is normally a far inferior solution when compared with a more traditional wood stud wall – 31 D2 inches insulation, wallboard, sheathing; this will bring a total of R-14. Therefore, many log walls struggle to meet the standards for building codes. However, this can be changed if the log building can interact with its surroundings through the changing climate. Because the logs can store heat, the walls can be better in some climates than in others because they have a large mass. With this in mind, logs can store excess heat during the day and release it gradually through the night just like thermal batteries. When this process occurs, its R-value increases by 0.1 per inch when the weather is right. In a perfect world, the conditions would be sunny during the day with a a large swing in temperature at night. In Earth’s temperature zones, this normally occurs between the 15th and 40th parallels.

Who Takes Measurements, The Home Inspector or the Appraiser?

house measurementsOften times people ask “do you take measurements during your home inspection”. It is a natural question to ask, especially since we spend so much time in your home.

The short answer is: no, we don’t. And here is why. In the transaction there is the home inspector and the appraiser. Both are looking at the same thing, but from two different angles. The home inspector is looking for defects and problems. Square footage is a matter of public records and listing status – which is a concern more for the appraiser.

One of the appraiser’s jobs is to measure and verify the square footage of the home. I am unaware of any SOP that has a home inspector do that. And the reason basically comes down to the home inspector being able to focus on his job. But while we don’t measure the house, we do get quite a bit deeper into the home and its details than the appraiser.

Air Conditioning Maintenance Time

exterior air conditioning unitWell, it is the middle of August. The heat throughout the summer obviously made us really work those AC units. But with that hard work that your AC unit did comes a little extra TLC that it may need.

Toward the end of summer tends to be one of the best times to have your AC system serviced. Why is that? First, you can still run it. After it gets below 65 degree you can actually break your AC unit. If you call the HVAC guy in January, it may be too cold to run it and he may not be able to service it well.

Also, the HVAC companies tend to be not as busy this time of year, so you have a better chance of getting them in and having their full attention.

Pool Inspections – A Must-Have

pool inspectorsPool Inspections – Buying a home with a swimming pool? Congratulations! Swimming pools are an amazing feature to a home and bring a great deal of joy and relaxation to you and your family.

But are you getting a pool inspection? We ask that of many clients when they schedule a home inspection, but we often get the answer “Do I need one?”.

The answer is a resounding ‘Yes”! Consider two things. First, pool safety. There are many people every year who drown, are electrocuted, or are otherwise injured in pool accidents that could have been prevented by proper pool inspections.

Pool inspections also save you money. For instance, the average pool liner is $3,000 to $5,000. And many times this goes unnoticed until it is too late.

So save yourself stress, sorrow, and money – have a professional pool inspection performed. Contact us!

Commercial Building Inspections in Virginia

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We provide detailed commercial property inspection, commercial assessments, and property evaluations in the greater Virginia area. We inspect hotels, office buildings, warehouses, parking garages, storefronts, and more!

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