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Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

It’s that time again. That time when you become completely distracted from that productive task you had been performing and completely focus all of your attention on this week’s Roundup. What I’ve got for you today is a mixed bag of new products, industry news and home advice. Let’s get to it.

For anyone that is considering building a new home in the near future, I just may have a solid product recommendation for you. When it comes to insulating your home, most heat loss is not due to insufficient R-Value (The thickness of the insulation in your walls and ceilings). It’s because of thermal bridging, which is any penetration through the insulation layer of your walls or ceilings from the inside of your house to the outside. This happens most commonly at outlets where air can pass around and also at the studs in your walls. How to solve this problem is to install a solid, unbroken membrane or shell on the exterior of your house that sits beneath the siding, stone, stucco, etc. Dupont recently released a new home wrap product called Tyvek Thermawrap, which incorporates an integral layer of insulation beneath an outside layer of Tyvek Homewrap. Thermawrap adds an R-5 to the total R-value of the house wall and also helps to create a continuous barrier against thermal bridging, which will go a long way in making your new home more efficient. Check out this video for more info on Thermawrap.

On the news front, there’s some good news for anyone planning to purchase a home using a mortgage in the near future. Zillow Blog author, Alexa Fiander, reports that the 30-year mortgage rate is currently at record lows due to the condition of emerging markets. These rates typically vary up or down at fractions of a percent from week to week, but it is encouraging for anyone planning to make a move from now until this coming spring.

Speaking of relocating, Houzz recently featured an article by contributor, Jen Phelps, that discusses some steps to take to improve the whole moving process. This article features a number of helpful tips on how to stay organized and be as prepared as possible for the big event. This article is the first of two parts, so check back for the next part that should be posted in the near future.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com