The building industry changes so much. Mostly, and I say this from experience, MOSTLY it is changing in terms of building product and technique. Some things I like and some I don't!
And why are there so many changes? Money. What the industry is moving towards more and more, it seems to me, is CHEAPER AND QUICKER, all with the idea of the bottom line in the forefront.
Sure, some of the products are good! And some of the techniques are good! But I see changes that don't make sense. For instance, medium density fiberboard used to not be used outdoors, in fact it was prohibited in many areas.
Now it seems to be used everywhere!
Why? MONEY. How can something that used to not work outdoors suddenly work fine now? MONEY. How can something that used to be considered trash now be considered "best practice?" MONEY!
I LOVE SITTING BACK AND WATCHING THE MOVIE EVEN THOUGH SOMETIMES I THINK I KNOW THE END FROM THE BEGINNING.
Don't get me wrong! I love new products! I love new ideas! I love the implementation of them! I love inventions that make us more productive and get more done, more quickly!
But I am a realist. I am not an alarmist, but certainly empirical!
OK, maybe Icynene foam all over the underside of roof structures and a totally vent less attic space is in fact the way to go. I hope so, because if it isn't that will be one huge mess.
And on it goes with new ideas. Vent less crawl spaces, polybutelene plumbing, glued floor joist structures, oriented strand board for roofs and some siding applications, polyvinyl front porch guardrails and fences, CFL light bulbs, vent less gas fireplaces, roof shingles with copper in them to forestall algae, well, I could go on.
For now we will have to see how they play out.
BUT UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES ARE SO OFTEN THE RESULT, I WILL HAVE TO BE CONVINCED AFTER THE EVIDENCE IS IN.
FOR NOW, FOR ME, SOME THINGS WILL JUST BE A HISTORY MYSTERY. WE WILL KNOW THE ULTIMATE RESULTS WITH TIME! STAY TUNED!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560