I work as a sales associate for a builder here in Jacksonville and I would like to educate buyers in the market for a new home. Just so everyone knows this is the very first blog I have ever written so, feel free to make fun of me if you like. LOL
OK, so we live in a state that is constantly beat up with tropical storms, hurricanes, and tornadoes and never gets cold enough to freeze the ground and kill those horrible little insects called termites that can devour homes and life savings. That, just made our state sound pretty awful and unsafe, but this is the place that most of us chose to live, or at least, most of us chose to live. I do realize that the military sometimes gives you no choice and they MAKE you go places, but none the less, we are here in the Sunshine State, and personally, I love it here. We do have some challenges but it keeps things interesting, and after all, I'm already here so I don't have to move when I retire like lots of folks do.
My biggest question to buyers is this: Why would you purchase a wood framed home in Florida?
Some may say, I didn't, I bought a brick home. OK, did you know that a brick home is still a wood framed home, only covered with brick? The stability of a brick home is much better than a wood framed home with no brick on it though. A "full" brick home can take some serious abuse from storms and hurricanes but not the abuse the termites can dish out; however, most homes built these days are not "full" brick homes. Most new homes have a brick front, for curb appeal, the sides and back of the home are either vinyl siding, hardiboard, or wood covered with stucco.
The builder I work for is a concrete block builder. I know what people think of when the words "concrete" and "block" are put together in the same sentence. "Concrete block, ew, yuck, my grandma had a house like that, it had a flat roof, it was damp all the time and it smelled funny".
I can assure you; this isn't your granny's concrete block home! The building codes have changed a lot since the 60's as I'm sure you know. We are actually required to put air conditioners in our homes now, back then it wasn't a building code. The dampness was probably because the A.C. couldn't dehumidify the home like the new air conditioners can. We use Trane A/C's in all of our homes, it is a brand you can trust and it carries a great manufacturer's warranty, 5 yrs. A Trane A/C cleans the air, as it cools and removes humidity from the home all at the same time. Most builders use a "no name" brand A/C that has 1 yr warranty. A one year warranty is just barely long enough for you to get settled in your new home and then, the repair bills begin. I've felt the pain of replacing an a/c system; it's not something I look back on, with fond memories.
The benefits of buying a concrete block home go way beyond our a/c units!
Concrete block can't burn. With that being said, your home owners insurance cost is lower with a block home.
Concrete block will not rot. Wood will eventually rot and will need to be replaced and if it is covered with vinyl siding how will you ever know until it is too late? A wood wall holds up the structure of a wood framed home if it rots then the structure will collapse. With a block home, the block IS the structure of the home, it can't collapse.
Termites don't have stainless steel teeth, they can't eat block!
Our homes are built to be virtually maintenance free on the exterior. If you like to spend your well earned weekends repairing your home then you probably will not want to purchase one of our homes. I would rather be at the beach, not repairing stuff. We put a 30 yr. architectural shingle, on our homes, we also cover the block with almost a full inch of stucco in a process called, dual stage stucco , in the end, the stucco has a" knock down" look to it. After the stucco is applied we seal it with flex-lox and then it is painted. OK, so you might have to paint your house after about 10 yrs. but this is a common occurrence. In a wooden home the wood on the exterior will not last ten years, so you would have to replace the wood AND re-paint. Your choice.
In a block home your electric bill will be less expensive. Consider this; a wood home is built out of lengths of wood called 2 by 4's. This means the wood is 2 inches thick and 4 inches wide. If you add the normal wood builder exterior to the 2x4 the thickness of your entire home is approximately 5 and 1/4 inches. Can you believe that? There are just over 5 inches protecting you and your family from the elements outside; hurricanes, tropical storms or just the normal heat we have in Florida. A concrete block is 8 inches thick and 16 inches long and of course, is made from concrete. The insulating value is staggering. After the block has been "stuccoed" the home "thickness" measures in at a whopping 9 inches! Now that is impressive! Nothing is going to huff and puff and blow our homes down.
I sell in over 10 different neighborhoods and I have over 20 different floor plans, all shapes, all sizes and all prices.
If you would like more information on block, contact me. Thanks for stopping by!
My Name is Trace and you can reach me at 904-838-8451