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Chinese drywall refers to drywall imported from China (from
approximately 2001 to 2007) which contains extraneous metals and minerals, such
as sulfur, strontium and iron. Under certain environmental conditions (typically warm, humid climates), the drywall will emit sulfur gasses. These gasses create a noxious odor and corrode copper and other metal surfaces, which
can damage one's air conditioner, electrical wiring, copper plumbing, appliances and electronics. Chinese drywall can also cause adverse health effects, which are primarily irritant and temporary in nature. Long term health effects are
Hundreds of millions of sheets of Chinese drywall were imported from 2004 to 2006, but Chinese drywall has been found in homes built or remodeled as early as 2001 and homes built as late as 2009. The presence of Chinese drywall
has been reported in states across America.
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Hurricanes are scary enough, but the idea of broken glass flying through your
living room at 155 mph is downright terrifying. Add to that the scary thought that hurricane winds coming in through broken windows can create dangerous pressures inside your home that can collapse your walls and roof.
Here are four ways to hurricane-proof your windows:
Add hurricane window film
Tough, clear plastic hurricane film is popular because you can’t really see
it, and you can leave it in place year-round. If the glass breaks, hurricane
film prevents glass shards from zipping around inside your home. If you’re an average DIYer, you can install peel-and-stick hurricane film on your windows for a mere $25 per linear foot. As a bonus, the film blocks ultraviolet light that can fade carpets and fabric.
The downside to hurricane film—and it’s a big one—is that the film isn’t strong enough to stop hurricane winds from blowing in the entire window frame. That’s why most insurance companies don’t offer discounts for hurricane film and
why you should also shield your windows with plywood.
Shield windows with plywood
Good old plywood is one of the building industry’s toughest materials, and is hard to beat for storm protection. Some tips for using plywood to shield your windows:
Cut sheets of 1/2- or 5/8-inch-thick plywood. Make sure you overlap window frames by a good 8 inches all around.
Use heavy-duty screws and anchors (in wood) or expansion bolts (in masonry) to attach the plywood to your
home’s walls (not the window frames).Pre-install screw anchors around window openings to speed up installation.
Store shields in a handy location where you can reach them easily and put them up fast. Keep your cordless
battery charged so it’ll be ready to use when a storm is coming.Keep extra flashlights and batteries handy in your home. It gets very dark inside once the plywood is installed.
Expect to spend $1 to $2 per square foot if you do the
work yourself and $3 to $5 per square foot if you hire someone.
Add storm shutters
Because roll-up or accordion-type storm shutters are permanent, they’re a
snap to deploy when a storm comes. All you have to do is pull the shutters into
place before a hurricane to prevent damage and broken windows.
If you’re skittish about being in the dark, look for shutters that have
perforations or are made from tough translucent fiberglass that lets in
Expect to spend anywhere from $10 to $50 per square foot for professional
installation of storm shutters, depending on style and material.
Install high-impact glass windows
The great thing about windows with high-impact glass is that they’re always
in place, ready to beat back anything hurled by hurricane-force winds. These
brawny buddies are made up of two panes of tempered glass separated by a plastic
film. They come in standard sizes and shapes so they won’t make your home look
like a Brinks truck.
Expect to pay three times as much for a window with high-impact glass as for
a regular window of the same size and type.
Ask about home insurance discounts
To encourage you to take steps to minimize damage, your insurer might offer
discounts for hurricane-mitigation improvements. In Florida’s Miami-Dade County,
for example, the annual insurance premium on an older home insured for $150,000
runs between $3,000 and $8,000, assuming no hurricane-mitigation improvements.
With improvements, such as storm shutters or high-impact glass, the same home
would cost between $1,000 and $3,500 to insure.
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Here at Tru Check Home Inspection thrive to be the best inspection company that you will ever need. Giving you piece of mind when purchasing your home and knowing you are buying the right home for you and your family. With our state of the art testing equipment like our Infrared Thermal Camera can detect problems that cannot be seen with just the human eye. Our experience far surpasses the competition, we are state certified residential building contractors and state
certified roofing contractors, giving you confidence that you have found the right home inspector to do a thorough analysis of your home. For more information about our services that we provide to you visit our website at www.trucheckhome.com Thank you and have a great day