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Introduction to NAHB Guidelines

When it comes to approaching any remodeling project, the task of hiring a contractor can be one that brings up feelings of fear. While there’s an abundance of people that can complete a job, delivering a job professionally is another thing entirely. Knowledge is the best weapon to combat fear, and associations such as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) provide insights on industry standards and corrective measures that can be attributed to all parts of a house. At Fine Remodeling, we are members of the NAHB, with our local branch being the Builder and Remodelers Association of Delaware (BRAD).


As contractors, we have three goals we strive for: educating the customer so they can feel comfortable doing a project, empowering the public to know of industry standards to be followed, and delivering the best quality job we can. Knowing the standards is key to completing a successful job, as not only are these rules put in place for the reason of keeping the home safe and functional, but also to avoid the hassle of bringing a building up to code later on. The NAHB is a great resource to learn of these standards as well as necessary corrections when something goes wrong during a project via their published guidelines.


The NAHB’s Residential Construction Performance Guidelines booklet works by presenting an observation, the industry standard, the corrective measure necessary, and discussion on why each factor is important. For example, the booklet starts with the foundation of the house and can be referred to when different observations are noticed. If you have a concrete slab that moves or has been separated at control joints, this observation can be looked up in the NAHB book. The performance guidelines will tell the contractor that concrete slabs are meant to be moved at these control joints, and that no corrective measure is needed because these guidelines are being adhered to. This is because control joints are placed in concrete to localize cracking at the joints instead of other locations. Or, if you observe that the concrete floor slab is cracked, you can be reassured to know that small cracks in concrete are common, but cracks more than 3/16 inch in width need to be repaired by the contractor.


The format of observation, performance guideline, corrective measure, and discussion is helpful for both customer and contractor to deal with any concerning issues that crop up. This allows the issue to be properly identified and handled accordingly to industry standards in a straightforward way. This is the format we will begin to follow in these blogs to provide knowledge to our consumers so they know the standards that need to be upheld during their project. Here at Fine Remodeling, we are your Delaware contractor that strives to deliver a job that goes beyond just the standards. Get in touch with us about your next remodeling/renovation project so you can be sure it is done right the first time.


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