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Old 05-11-2008, 01:15 PM
 
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What are the real pro's and Con's?
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Old 05-17-2008, 04:18 AM
 
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i would assume that you don't have wood rot, termite damage and mould with concrete block. i plan on building with concrete block and it would be interesting to find out what the potential hazards are if there are any.
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Old 05-17-2008, 04:19 AM
 
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also less fire risk i would assume. any experts out there who can confirm?
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Old 05-17-2008, 06:06 AM
 
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Pros to concrete block construction are termite/rot resistance and hurricane resistance (if reinforced properly). Cons are difficulty im making changes later (like adding a window), and cost.
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Old 05-17-2008, 09:48 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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The blocks definitely cost more, but if you're using the ICF or SIP technology, the energy efficiency is great. They're definitely better than wood for termite resistance and fire hazard, but they're harder to build with and you have to make sure you have the right subs to do the job. I've seen untrained subs try to build with concrete and it takes forever and you end up with a bad product.

I also know green builders that can achieve the same energy efficiency with wood construction and upgraded insulation/wood windows/tech-shield/etc.

The above comment hit it dead on in that if you build with concrete, make darn sure you won't be making any changes a few years down the road, as it'd be incredibly difficult.
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Old 05-17-2008, 10:55 AM
 
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I've seen very few 2 story all block homes in Florida. Most are block on the ground level and frame on the second level with stucco over both (or sometimes siding). It makes no sense to me...it must be the cost. Insurance is cheaper on a block home because they're supposedly more wind resistant.

IMO, the con on frame construction in Florida is the maintenance (termite, wood rot, etc.)
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Old 02-10-2014, 10:03 AM
 
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Default You are correct TampaKaren

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I've seen very few 2 story all block homes in Florida. Most are block on the ground level and frame on the second level with stucco over both (or sometimes siding). It makes no sense to me...it must be the cost. Insurance is cheaper on a block home because they're supposedly more wind resistant.

IMO, the con on frame construction in Florida is the maintenance (termite, wood rot, etc.)
I'm sure you're not a structural engineer Karen but you know more than most builders. It does no tmake any sense to build a 2nd floor woof frame in top of block. Why do they di it then? Cost $$$ Its simply cheaper foe builders to build wood frame. I insisted my home be built with block on the 2nd floor. My builder did not want to at first but I insisted.
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Old Yesterday, 11:43 PM
 
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Default Question on walls and floor.

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I'm sure you're not a structural engineer Karen but you know more than most builders. It does no tmake any sense to build a 2nd floor woof frame in top of block. Why do they di it then? Cost $$$ Its simply cheaper foe builders to build wood frame. I insisted my home be built with block on the 2nd floor. My builder did not want to at first but I insisted.
Hey Joey, I'm currently doing research on how to build a 2 story house with block and I'm wondering... How did you have your internal walls and the floor of the second story built? Was it wood frame or all concrete?
Thanks in advance.
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Old Today, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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Welder005: exterior walls are block, wiring prerun and filled with mortar. Interior walls are non-load-bearing frame. Interior walls on the exterior walls are Sheetrock over lathe frame.

As to why block, building regs in Florida due to wind storm and flood damage. You will find few 2 story homes down here in the coastal areas due to building regs. They are very energy efficient. Yes, very pricy to move a door, window. You will find them in interior Florida away from the coast.
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Old Today, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Lakewood Ranch, FL
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If it matters to you, there are insurance considerations with the 2nd story block vs. frame decision. As it was explained to me, if the square footage of the framed area is more than 1/3 of the total square footage, the insurers will rate the property as though it was all frame. Frame construction costs more to insure than block.
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