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When you’re buying a new home, every question is important. Take a look at the FAQs below to find answers to some of the questions we’re asked most frequently. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, ask our Internet Home Consultant who will be happy to help you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is brick veneer and how is it attached to the house?
Why are there caulk joints between sections of the exterior brick walls?
What is the tonnage of your air conditioners?
How long does it take to build a home?
What type of foundations do you use?
Why use OSB roof decking instead of plywood?
What type of windows do you use?
What kind of insulation and R-factor do you have?
Why are water heaters in the attic?
What about the trees on our homesite?
Who will take care of my warranty work?
What is the silver material on the roof?

What is brick veneer and how is it attached to the house?
Brick veneer is a non-structural type of masonry construction in which brick is 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 Perry Homes shows a great deal of care and craftsmanship that you won’t find with most builders. Notice the consistent 1/2-inch spacing between the mortar joints. On the front elevations of the home, look at an inside corner and notice how the mortar joints run straight up the home. The quality of the material is evident in the brick itself. Perry Homes uses a variety of materials for masonry exteriors. These include clay or concrete brick and stone for architectural appeal.

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Why are there caulk joints 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.

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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 designs is determined by the H.V.A.C. (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) contractor. The tonnage will vary from design to design. We incorporate many energy-saving features into Perry Homes.

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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,  and the availability of contractors and materials. Generally speaking, a home can be built in 90 to 120 days from the time construction starts.

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What type of foundations do you use?
The majority of Perry 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 Perry Homes Project Manager and a representative of the engineering company are on-site at every foundation pour.

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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.

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What type of windows do you use?
Because many of our homes are built in areas that endure a hot summer season, we do everything we can to protect the cool, air-conditioned temperatures inside the home from the hot, outside air. To accomplish this, we use tinted, double pane, Low-E sunglass windowpanes that reduce the effect the sun has on the inside temperature. Perry Homes has artfully balanced impressive energy efficiency with the aesthetic desire for natural light.

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What kind of insulation and R-factor do you have?
Following energy-efficiency standards, our homes have fiberglass batt insulation in the exterior walls and sloped ceilings. The R-value is the rating of the insulation, and the larger the number, the better the insulating power. The R-value of our exterior walls is a minimum of R-13, and the rating of flat ceilings is R-30.

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Why are water heaters in the attic?
Where allowed, our water heaters are placed in the attic to avoid using valuable living or storage space. Drip pans and drain lines are installed with lines extending to exterior areas. Some cities require the water heater to be installed in a closet or the garage.

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What about the trees on our homesite?
Even though Perry Homes exercises care and consideration in planning the location of the home in relation to the placement of existing trees, the existence of mature trees within close proximity to the foundation can potentially cause future foundation problems. Existing trees on the homesite may die as a result of construction.

If you are purchasing a home prior to construction, please note that existing trees (other than those removed due to the placement of the foundation) may be removed only if requested by signing an Enhancement Change Order within 10 days after the date of the original Earnest Money Contract. In that event, there will be additional expenses for Perry Homes to remove the tree(s). If you have questions or concerns about the trees on your homesite, please talk with your Perry Homes Sales Professional.

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Who will take care of my warranty work?
Warranty work will always be completed by a member of Perry Homes’ professional construction staff, unlike some builders who use a separate warranty crew. Our professionals take pride in the work that they do — and they know that if it’s done right from the start, they won’t have to fix it down the road.

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What is the silver material on the roof?
TechShield is a thin, durable sheet of aluminum overlay laminated to oriented strand board (OSB). This prevents up to 97% of the sun’s radiant heat from entering the attic.

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