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Old September 14th, 2006, 06:32 AM   #21
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could anyone explain why american houses are made of wood?

no wonder that they are destroyed every time a hurricane attacks.

what is the reason?
Well wood is cheaper but also another reason its way faster to finish a house of wood than concrete. Id know just from seeing how they build houses here in florida mostly made of concrete and how when i lived in texas for a year they built using wood.
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Well now that the boards seem to be working... FINALLY i can post a few pics i took on the way home from school.

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The hugest house in my area... 21,000 something sq ft:



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Old September 22nd, 2006, 04:54 AM   #26
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Well wood is cheaper but also another reason its way faster to finish a house of wood than concrete. Id know just from seeing how they build houses here in florida mostly made of concrete and how when i lived in texas for a year they built using wood.
What befuddles me, and this is something I am seeing a lot in Florida, are homes being buily with concrete ground floors and walls, and the second level finished off with wood.

I don't know how the state permits that, but then again, this is Florida.
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Yea most of the time they build the last floor of a house out of wood so its cheaper and all but this isnt the case all the time ive seen houses completely of concrete except the roof because the roof is almost always wood.
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Old September 22nd, 2006, 05:30 AM   #28
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could anyone explain why american houses are made of wood?

no wonder that they are destroyed every time a hurricane attacks.

what is the reason?
Because it is the absolute CHEAPEST way to build. They also lobby the state lawmakers to have the weakest codes possible, with the excuse that if they have to spend a little more and charge a little more, it will price alot of people out of the housing market. If they were allowed to build out of straw, they would. The bonus for the builder is that it is hidden and no one ever asks what type of construction a home has. The women talk their husbands into buying by how big the kitchen is, not how well the house is built. It is a disgrace.
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Old September 22nd, 2006, 05:32 AM   #29
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The troubling thing is that weakest part of the house is the part of the roof that is attached to the walls of the house. You would think that if there is one thing you'd want to be not made of wood is the roof - but the builders do exactly the opposite.

In most Carribean countries, homes are made with metal roofs, which is precisely the reason why you will see homes washed away by flooding - but not due to wind damage.
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