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  • Least Maintenance

    What are some building tips that would make a residential structure need the least maintenance?

    Roofing?
    Siding? (More choices than brick)
    Crawlspace or not?
    OSB vs. Plywood?
    Windows?
    Mechanicals?

    And anything else?...

    J.C.

  • #2
    Re: Least Maintenance

    1. Lighter colored Shingles, last longer
    2. CertainTEED concrete board siding
    3. Not sure with Crawl space I say yes from a plumbing standpoint
    4. Plywood, it is just better
    5. Hydro Air and AC
    6. Concrete Pavers for driveway, Last longer than Asphalt

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    • #3
      Re: Least Maintenance

      Excuse the ignorance, but what's Hydro Air systems?

      What about metal roofing?
      Interior flooring?
      Interior wall finish?

      Just thinking about building rental property so I would like it to be the least maintenance possible without having to make it look like a prison.

      J.C.

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      • #4
        Re: Least Maintenance

        This is one that could be added on forever, good thread...

        Roofing.............. Steel

        Siding................ Steel, cementacious (sp?) material

        Windows............ Steel or Vinyl clad w/low E gas

        Wood, over plywood and OSB. But certain applications can call for plywood over wood.

        Fascia and soffits............ Steel

        Doors................. Steel and Fiberglass

        Flooring.............. Tiles and Cement

        Counter tops........ Stone

        Insulation............ Spray foam

        Basement over crawl space, or slab house

        Basement wall........ Cinder blocks, and the grounds (drain tiles and back fill)must be done right and water membrane on wall...

        House venting.... Soffits to peak, not gable

        Lots of windows on South side, very little windows on the north side, just enough for cross winds when windows are open...

        Plaster on interior walls

        Real wood for interior trim....... Looks so much nicer and no Maint. unless your tired of looking at it and wanna change to a color

        All appliances, energy star ratings

        One story house, w/a basement

        Light fixtures and receptacles and switches, you get what you pay for, thats common sense right there.

        Plumbing, plumbers can jump in, but I'm sure its all plastic and PVC.

        I'll add more later...
        Great Link for a Construction Owner/Tradesmen, and just say Garager sent you....

        http://www.contractorspub.com

        A good climbing rope will last you 3 to 5 years, a bad climbing rope will last you a life time !!!

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        • #5
          Re: Least Maintenance

          Steel siding and roofing, has many appearances for eye candy now a days. Down south, you'd maybe go with Terracotta for roofs....
          Great Link for a Construction Owner/Tradesmen, and just say Garager sent you....

          http://www.contractorspub.com

          A good climbing rope will last you 3 to 5 years, a bad climbing rope will last you a life time !!!

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          • #6
            Re: Least Maintenance

            Originally posted by JCsPlumbing View Post
            Excuse the ignorance, but what's Hydro Air systems?

            What about metal roofing?
            Interior flooring?
            Interior wall finish?

            Just thinking about building rental property so I would like it to be the least maintenance possible without having to make it look like a prison.

            J.C.

            Hydro Air is a small like 3 section boiler that heats the water in a heat exchanger then goes into a traditional cental HVAC system

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            • #7
              Re: Least Maintenance

              Originally posted by JCsPlumbing View Post
              Excuse the ignorance, but what's Hydro Air systems?

              What about metal roofing?
              Interior flooring?
              Interior wall finish?

              Just thinking about building rental property so I would like it to be the least maintenance possible without having to make it look like a prison.

              J.C.
              A hydronic coil with a blower...some southern states use them right off a water heater.

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              • #8
                Re: Least Maintenance

                Composite deck

                Brick patio or cement, is better then a deck.

                2' overhang w/roofs
                Great Link for a Construction Owner/Tradesmen, and just say Garager sent you....

                http://www.contractorspub.com

                A good climbing rope will last you 3 to 5 years, a bad climbing rope will last you a life time !!!

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                • #9
                  Re: Least Maintenance

                  Plaster on interior walls? A little more info please.

                  Is gable venting seen as inefficient/unnecessary?

                  What about steel studs?

                  Stone countertops? Would there be a manmade equivalent that would come close in durability with less expense?


                  J.C.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Least Maintenance

                    I say copper for water and PVC for waste if you want maintenance free althoug make sure your water is optimal (i.e. pH and Chlorine content) for copper other wise..... ugh PEX. By no means do NOT use CPVC

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                    • #11
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                      Thanks Wrench and Duck!

                      I asked about Hydro Air a long time ago with little info given. Maybe I didn't know the correct term.

                      Are there any brands or websites? I went to a tradeshow where a company called FHP-Florida Heat Pump(I think?) made something to this effect. It seems theirs was a system where the heat pump and water heater worked together somehow for better efficiency. Trying to learn HVAC principles.

                      J.C.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Least Maintenance

                        Originally posted by JCsPlumbing View Post
                        Plaster on interior walls? A little more info please.

                        What kind of info you looking for? Its plaster board and then Plaster coatings, its a fantastic smooth "hard" finish. Notice the key word...

                        Is gable venting seen as inefficient/unnecessary?

                        Soffit to peak venting will release more hot air out of the attics then the gable ends can do. It works like a chimney...

                        What about steel studs?

                        I didn't think about that, sure. They would work great in interior walls, but exterior walls, you would want at least 5 1/2 in thickness for better insulation. I'm not sure if they make them at 5 1/2 wide. If they do, go for it, you'll have the straightest walls in town.

                        Stone countertops? Would there be a manmade equivalent that would come close in durability with less expense?

                        Man made, that'll work, cement will last a long time.

                        J.C.
                        This is a great thread, thanks for starting it... Other contractors will chime in, but each area in the states may need different materials, because of our climates...
                        Great Link for a Construction Owner/Tradesmen, and just say Garager sent you....

                        http://www.contractorspub.com

                        A good climbing rope will last you 3 to 5 years, a bad climbing rope will last you a life time !!!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Least Maintenance

                          Geothermal heating if you had the area........
                          Great Link for a Construction Owner/Tradesmen, and just say Garager sent you....

                          http://www.contractorspub.com

                          A good climbing rope will last you 3 to 5 years, a bad climbing rope will last you a life time !!!

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                          • #14
                            Re: Least Maintenance

                            Originally posted by garager View Post
                            Geothermal heating if you had the area........
                            OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! Good Idea!!!!!

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                            • #15
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                              Geothermal!?

                              Don't get me started on investment vs. payback. Remember too, possible rental property.

                              Plumbing. Plenty of cleanouts. Least amount of turns in the DWV of course. Class 5 flushing or maybe Pressure assisted. Vents straight out the roof like in the days of old so no turns for the cable man.

                              PEX or TYPE L or K copper underground? $$$

                              J.C.

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