Sometimes builders cut corners when they build homes or buildings. When they do that, I get called in to fix it when the inevitable problems begin.
At the end of last week myself and a co-worker got sent to a townhome to fix where the builder had cut corners. The town home had these 3 windows all next to each other with pieces of trim in between each window (this will be important in a minute).
The townhome was just plain old built improperly. The builder didn’t use Tyvec®, which is what goes underneath siding. So picture this, if you’re going from the inside of a home to the out, this is the order of what should be happening: drywall, plastic (this is a vapor barrier), insulation, sheeting (4’x8′ sheets of plywood), Tyvec®, and then the seams of the Tyvec® must be taped up, and then comes the siding. If any part of that is missing, then there will be a mold problem and the house will just be trashed.
This particular home leaks like crazy. You would think that siding would be enough protection from the rain, but it’s not. The Tyvec® and siding combination is what protects from the rain. When a builder cuts a corner like this, it usually goes unnoticed by the homeowner, until leaking or mold problems come up.
So we had to pull off all of the siding on the home from the 2nd story up to the roof line, put up the Tyvec®, tape up the Tyvec® seams, and put the siding back on the townhome. And then after that we had to re-do the trim around those 3 aforementioned windows, which completely sucks. I hate re-doing trim.
If you’re having a home built, drop by the site every so often so you can make sure that they’re putting up all the correct exterior wall components — it’s not a corner you want a builder to cut!
Have you ever been the victim of a builder cutting corners? Have any warm, fuzzy feelings about Tyvec® and siding that you’d like to share?