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John Bosch, Both Buyer and Seller in Long Island City, NY


Asked by John Bosch, Long Island City, NY Fri Sep 7, 2007


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What a great question and you have answers here that explain the construction but what does that mean to you as a homeowner. Looking in the Port Richey area it is very important to understand what you are getting. There are 2 issues. First being hurricanes and storms. Concrete block and stucco construction is whitout a doubt much stronger and more secure if you are ever in the situation of a hit of a hurricane. Secondly you need to be concerned with termites. There are termites everywhere in Florida. Every home in this state should have a yearly termite treatment with a termite bond with at least enough coverage to rebuild the house should you need to. So you ask if the house is concrete block and stucco why do you need a termite bond? Termites will come through the cracks in the concrete slab and run right into the baseboards to the interior framing and up to the roof trusses. Frame homes with stucco coating are a haven for termites. They love the space it creates with enclosed unseen wood and invite all their relatives. For that reason alone you need a higher bond with the termite company that you cloose. Many buyers are not aware that they are pucahseing a frame home until it is too late. They assume that because it is stucco it is conctrete block. Cudos to you for not only seeing the difference in a listing sheet but also for asking the question.

Best of luck,
Linda J Sears
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 8, 2007
Construction types are extremely important in Florida and make sure if you buy a frame house that it was built to code and has the necessary enforcements (because of our strong hurricane seasons). Block/Stucco refers to concrete block construction (for exteriro walls) that are then plastered or stuccoed. Frame/Stucco refers to a property with a woden structure (again for exterior walls), to stucco a wood framed structure, they usually cover the walls on the outside with wire lath and then stucco.

Wood frame homes are usually less expensive than concrete block homes because as logic tells you, the materials are cheaper and so is the labor to build them.

Thanks for the idea on the methods of construction, I will be writing a series of blog posts to educate the consumer.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 7, 2007
What is the other option to a frame house? I haven't looked into the building materials of the houses I'm looking at very thoroughly. I would hate to buy a house that has problems within the framework. There's no reason not to check these things before buying. | http://www.wadsworthtrussesframes.com.au
Flag Wed Jan 14, 2015
Hi, Could you please tell me how it would have been built in a 100 year old home. I'm trying to buy one. It has stucco exteriors and no idea what the internal walls are made of .
Flag Mon Mar 24, 2014
One is cement construction and the other is stick built. Think back to the story of the 3 little pigs. You don't want straw, you don't want twigs, you want bricks! Why? Because nothing eats cement and it is strong, hard and durable. This way when a hurricane comes, you do not have to worry about the huffing and puffing and blowing your house down.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 15, 2010
As you already know it's common for some homes in the north to have wood frame construction. Down here in Florida we have block stucco too. Obviously some home buyers look for block stucco which is concrete because of the reduced risk with wood destroying organisms like termites.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 27, 2009
Block/stucco would be cinder block and stucco. Frame/stucce would be either wood or metal frame and stucco.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 7, 2007
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