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Insulation. Our Ancestors Were Creative

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, May 9, 2012 @ 13:05 PM

Custom home builder Gerber Homes insulation 144x150It’s amazing what you can get for the price of a cup of coffee.

Recently, I asked a home inspector to give me a history lesson about insulation.  I know what Gerber Homes of Rochester New York uses in their new custom built homes.  But, before Owen-Corning came out with the “pink stuff”, what kept out the cold?

Sometimes, you find out more than you really need to know.  I’ll start with the less gross stuff.

Newspaper. Chances are, many of the older homes in your neighborhood have newspaper between the walls.  Especially, if the home owners were “DIY-ers”.  Wadding up old newspaper was a favorite do-it-yourself trick.  And, it made sense.  Newspaper that didn’t line the parakeet cage, went in the walls.  Newspaper was cheap, and everywhere.  And, it made a pretty good barrier against the cold.

The down side is that over time, newspaper tends to fall apart and crumble.  It packs down and creates an open air space where cold loves to hang out. (Read higher heating bills). In time, it’s just as economical to stuff dollar bills in there.

I found out about newspaper years ago when my folks remodeled THE bathroom.  (Yes, we only had one.)  The house was build just after WWII by a discharged Army Major who forgot to cancel his newspaper subscription.  Stacks of newspapers talking about the troops in Europe were wadded up and stuffed in the walls.  I wish now I’d saved those papers.  But even as a little kid I asked “How come he only stuffed newspapers at the bottom?” No wonder that bathroom was always so cold.

Straw, Wool, and Horsehair. Farm homes had lots, so why not insulate the walls with the stuff?  Perfect logic right?  Hey, lots of things work for a while, but about the time a homeless field mouse family moves in, suddenly things get… Squeaky.

All this to say, isn’t there a better solution? Insulation blocks the transfer of heat or cold. This is pretty important when you live in Rochester NY. You don’t want winter winds coming in, and furnace heat going out.  Same in summer.  Let’s keep the air conditioning confined to the inside of the house.  But I didn’t realize insulation also creates a sound barrier.  You like your neighbors better if you don’t have to hear them in the shower.

I’ve seen the insulation Gerber Homes puts in their new homes.  Insulation that is made to stay thick and tight between walls for generations. But I always wondered why the insulation was pink.  Back in 1938, an Owens-Corning employee came up with the pink color for their fiber-glass product.  The stuff gained popularity in the 1970′s when the Pink Panther movies came out.  Owen-Corning grabbed the Panther and ran.

Whether you are looking to build a new home or add an addition to an existing home, see what Gerber Homes Rochester NY has to offer.  They have new In-Law floor plans you won’t want to miss.  With the cost of assisted living, an In-Law home or addition makes a lot of sense.  Click here to see In-Law floor plans.

If you would like to see a Gerber Homes model home, there are many around.  Mike in Victor NY, Leanne in Ontario NY, Sharon in Canandaigua NY and Lisa in Webster NY, would love to show you what Gerber Homes of Rochester NY has to offer.  Give them a call today!

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Why Build A New Home Rather Than Buy An Existing Home?

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, May 7, 2012 @ 13:05 PM

advantages of building a new home Rochester NY 150x150Why Build A New Home Rather Than Buy An Existing Home?

That’s a good question.  With so many existing homes around, why build a new one?

Building verses buying comes down to more than preference.  It’s nice to have a floor plan that works best for your family.  It’s great to have a Home Office that is really a Home Office.  (Not a converted bedroom.)  It’s wonderful to decide where walls will go, and room size.  Gerber Homes in Rochester NY allows total control over the floor plan.  Click here to see floor plans, but know any of these can be changed.

Building a new home rather than buying an existing home makes energy and fiscal sense.

Older homes are known for their charm.  Think for instance of the beautiful mansions of Canandaigua NY.  Right in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region.  Many were built in the late 1800′s and have stood the test of time.  At least on the outside.  The wise buyer will want to peek between the walls.

Prior to 1950, electricians used cloth-wrapped wiring. Plastic wiring wasn’t even thought of yet.

There are several problems with cloth-wrapped wiring.  In time, the cloth becomes brittle and rots away.  Add a few hungry field mice who love dining on cloth, and you’ve got a fire hazard.

More than one Home Inspector has looked at existing homes built before 1950 and found faulty wiring. The wires, without their original cloth, easily touch and cause shocks and sparks.  Brittle and rotting cloth is a fire hazard.

So, what are the options? If an home built before 1950 is the way you want to go, than be prepared for total rewiring expenses. The home you are considering may have been built before Codes were even thought about.

This is just another reason building a new home makes fiscal, and safety, sense.  Gerber Homes builds with quality workmanship in mind.   Click here to see what others have said about Gerber Homes.

Click to see Gerber Homes’ many communities. They build quality new homes in neighborhoods, or on your own lot.  Call Sharon in Canandaigua NY, Mike in Victor NY, Leanne in Ontario NY or Lisa in Webster NY.  Tour their beautiful model homes, and ask the differences between buying an existing home verses a beautiful new Gerber Home.

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