Las Vegas Homes Part 2

 

A Las Vegas Home

The Exterior (continued)

Stucco

The exterior walls of most Las Vegas homes are clad with stucco. Stucco is a mixture of Portland cement, lime and sand. These days, rigid foam insulation board with a reinforcing mesh forms the base for the stucco application. A layer of water-resistant paper is applied before the wire mesh to prevent water from reaching the wood framing. The first coat, a water-proof "scratch coat", is applied over the wire mesh and is scratched to form ridges that help to secure the subsequent "brown coat". A final finish coat is the applied.

It is normal, but not necessarily acceptable to find cracks in a stucco finish. There are two main causes of these cracks. Firstly, stucco is wet when applied and dries over time and this causes some shrinkage. Secondly, some settling is to be expected in new construction. Expect to find hairline cracks at the corners of windows and doors. As a general rule, if you can fit a nickel into the crack, it's time to call the builder. Smaller cracks are considered normal but should be patched nonetheless

Some builders apply stucco over the eaves leaving no exposed exterior wood, creating a very low-maintenance home.

Windows

In Las Vegas, power bills reach their peak during July and August when air conditioning units are working their hardest. The heat entering through windows can be the most significant factor in your electrical bill. A nice shade tree can provide some protection but if you're moving into a newly constructed home there is little chance of that. Most new homes these days windows consist of a frame made of vinyl or aluminum, with two sheets of glass (double-glazed) that are sometimes coated and separated with air or another gas such as argon. Double-glazed windows have a sealed space between two panes of glass to provide an added layer of insulation. Compared with a single pane, double-glazing can cut heat loss of the window nearly in half. A gas like argon will provide better thermal performance. Clear glass allows lots of heat to enter in the summer and heat to escape during the winter while low-E (low-emissivity) coatings add more insulation value to the window by blocking some heat from the sun. The materials used in the window frame can also affect energy efficiency. Vinyl is preferable to Aluminum but if you have chosen a vinyl frame be sure that it has welded corners for stability.



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