Archives: Building Materials

The Home Depot FIRST for Pro

By Todd Fratzel on Building Materials, Product Reviews

FIRST for Pro – Program Designed To Meet Needs of Pro Customers Recently I had the pleasure of visiting my local Home Depot store to visit with the store manager and a Regional Pro Account Representative to learn more about their FIRST for Pro program. The Home Depot only has about 4% of total visitors…

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How Thick Is Plywood?

By Todd Fratzel on Building Materials

Plywood Thickness Several readers have asked the question: How Thick is Plywood? I thought it would be useful to go over some of the different thickness plywood available on the market today. Plywood thicknesses vary drastically depending on the type of plywood and the use. Plywood can be divided into two different groups when it…

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TJI Framing

By Todd Fratzel on Building Materials, Framing

TJI Floor Joist Framing Engineered lumber continues to become more and more popular in today’s construction industry. TJI’s (engineered wood I joists) are my preferred framing members for floor systems. TJI’s offer many benefits compared to traditional dimensional lumber joists including: almost no twisting or warping, very little dimensional shrinkage, stiffness and strength. Framing a…

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WeatherShield Premium Wood Products

By Todd Fratzel on Building Materials, Decks & Porches

WeatherShield – The Smarter Treated Wood Today I noticed a new product at The Home Depot, WeatherShield Premium Pressure-Treated Decking. What caught my eye was the warranty for this new type of pressure treated wood. WeatherShield offers a limited lifetime warranty which is guranteed protection against rot, decay and termite damage. If these claims are…

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Energy Star House with ZIP System Sheathing

By Todd Fratzel on Building Materials, Roofing

This is a quick update on the Energy Star House that we’re building at work. This new house uses the ZIP System sheathing by Huber. I wanted to point out some of the things that have happened since the last update. As you can see in the photo the roof is finally finished. The roof…

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ZIP System Sheathing Review

By Todd Fratzel on Building Materials, Framing

I’ve written several posts about the new ZIP System sheathing products from Huber Engineered Woods. This exciting new product combines the benefits of Advantech sheathing with a built in vapor and moisture barrier. We have been using the ZIP System roof sheathing and the ZIP System wall sheathing for this new ranch style home. As…

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ZIP System Sheathing On Ranch Style Home

By Todd Fratzel on Building Materials, Framing

If you haven’t seen a house built with the ZIP system then you might wonder what on earth we’ve built this house with. The green and orange colors certainly stand out at first sight. As I continue to write about the Total House Construction Series – Foundation to Finish I’ve been spending quite a bit…

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ZIP System Sheathing

By Todd Fratzel on Building Materials, Framing, Siding & Trim

I recently wrote about a new product, ZIP System Wall and Roof Sheathing, and today we finally installed some of the ZIP System wall sheathing on the new house we’re building that you can follow on Total House Construction Series – Foundation to Finish. The ZIP System is an exciting new product that I’m very…

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