FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is brick veneer and how is it attached to the house?
Brick veneer is a non-structural type of masonry construction using one course of brick as an exterior covering on a home or building. It has the appearance of a solid brick wall without the weight or expense. The brick is attached to the house with metal straps, or wall ties, at regular intervals. The brick work on Corin homes shows a great deal of care and craftsmanship. Notice the consistent ½ inch spacing between the mortar joints. On the front elevations of the home, look at an inside corner of a Corin home and notice the mortar joints are straight up the home. It is rare to see such careful construction in new homes. The quality of the material is evident in the brick itself. Corin uses clay brick.
Why are there strips between sections of the exterior brick walls?
Since brick expands and contracts, the walls are built in sections with an expansion joint approximately every 20 feet. This helps prevent the brick and mortar from cracking.
What is the tonnage of your air conditioners?
The tonnage or amount of cooling power is dependent on many factors. The size or tonnage of the A/C units for each of our plans is determined by the H.V.A.C (Heating, ventilation, Air Conditioning) contractor. The tonnage will vary from plan to plan. Energy saving features are built into all Corin Homes.
How long does it take to build a home?
The amount of time necessary to build a home is dependent on several things. The largest factor is the weather, especially rain, which tends to slow construction progress. Other factors include the number of changes requested by the homebuyer, the degree of difficulty encountered to initiate those changes, the size of the home, the availability of contractors and materials. Generally speaking, a home can be built in 90-120 days from the time construction starts.
What type of foundations do you use?
The majority of Corin homes have a post-tension concrete foundation. This type of foundation is reinforced with steel cables, which are stressed a few days after the concrete is placed. The exception is where an independent structural engineer recommends another type of foundation after reviewing a soil report. Our post-tension foundations are engineered for the specific soil conditions in each neighborhood. The Corin management and a representative of the engineering company are also on site at every foundation pour.
Why use OSB roof decking instead of plywood?
Plywood decking is made from large logs that are peeled and glued in layers at right angles to each other. When logs are peeled, knots and other imperfections in the wood are incorporated into the decking panels. These imperfections can create gaps or voids. OSB panels are pre-engineered and made from the chips of small, fast-growing trees. These chips are bound by high pressures and advanced adhesives. This procedure creates a uniform decking panel without natural or internal imperfections. Pre-engineered wood products are also friendly to our environment since they reduce our use of large logs from old growth forests.
What type of windows do you use?
Corin uses vinyl double pane Low-E glass windows. This type of window glass reduces solar heat gain in your home, increases comfort, and can be an aid in reducing energy bills.
What kind of insulation and R-factor do you have?
Following the standards of energy efficiency, our homes have a wet cellulose or fiberglass insulation in the exterior walls and sloped ceilings. The R rating of our exterior walls is a minimum of R-13 and the rating in flat ceilings is R-30. The R-value is the insulating ability and the larger the number, the better the insulating power.
Why do I only see one Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) plug in my kitchen and bathroom?
Kitchen, bath, garage, and exterior outlets must be GFCI protected as mandated by the National Electric Cod. One GFCI outlet can be wired to control five standard outlets. Therefore, one GFCI outlet with the test/reset buttons will be located in mandated areas and will control the other standard outlets in the room.
What circuits are ARC Fault protected?
The National Electric Code requires that all circuits in bedrooms be ARC Fault protected. This is accomplished with a special breaker located in the breaker box.