Features & Benefits of a Watterson Home
At Watterson Homes we are focused on attention to detail – we want our customers to know their new home is built to exacting standards – using the best material available on the market today. Here are just a few of the features you can expect in your new home – and the reasons we believe they are important to you…
Our homes are constructed with 30-year Architectural Fiberglass shingles – these are among the highest quality roofing products made. Traditionally, they are composed of a heavy fiberglass matt base and ceramic-coated mineral granules that are tightly embedded in carefully refined, water resistant asphalt. This means that not only will your new home look beautiful for years to come, you won’t have to worry about replacing shingles for a very long time
Our homes are constructed with Perimeter vented Eaves and a Ridge Venting System. Hot air in the attic forms pressure and won’t allow outside air in. The combination of a ridge vent along with continuous soffit vents gives you an air flow similar to the way a chimney works. Our ridge vent along with soffit venting will allow damp warm air to escape from the attic – increasing energy efficiency and prolonging the life of your roof.
Our homes are constructed with Engineered Roof Trusses. A truss is a frame that supports loads efficiently by transferring the load to end supports. Trusses can span a longer distance without additional supports, allowing for “open concept” designs. Relying on a triangular arrangement of webs and chords to transfer loads to load-bearing points gives high strength- to-weight ratios, which permit longer spans than conventional framing, and offers greater flexibility in floor plan layouts. Stronger and more flexible, engineered truss systems allow almost unlimited design options for your new home as well as being environmentally and economically friendly. Our ceilings are insulated with R40 fibreglass insulation and can even be upgraded beyond that.
Our homes are constructed with 2X6 exterior walls, insulated with at least R20 insulation, with 3/8” OSB sheathing on the inside of exterior walls and 7/16 on the outside to create a very rigid structure. OSB has a stronger shear and is now used for approximately 70% of all floor wall and roof sheathing in North America. Combine the above with our Maintenance Free Vinyl Siding and Trim Packages and know that our homes will keep you warm in the winter and cool all summer long.
Windows and Doors
Our homes feature PVC “Low E” windows and screens. PVC (poly vinyl chloride) is a synthetic plastic polymer, which is weather and fire resistant, won’t deteriorate, warp, or discolor and will look great for years to come. Low-emissivity glass (Low E Glass) is a transparent glass to which an invisible metallic layer has been added, which allows exterior light to pass through but blocks radiant heat coming from inside the home. The benefit – energy cost reduction. This insulating glass not only cuts heating costs in the winter, it also lessons the amount of solar heat in the summer, which reduces the need for air conditioning. Our homes feature 32” & 36” steel insulated entrance doors and aluminum storm doors in numerous styles.
Depending on the model, our homes feature 2X10 or 12” Engineered I-Joist or Truss floor system. Prefabricated wood I-Joists are made by gluing solid sawn lumber or laminated veneer lumber flanges to a OSB panel web to produce a dimensionally stable light weight member with known engineering properties. The “I” shape of the product gives a high strength to weight ratio and I-Joist span design makes them a stiffer, more solid floor – less susceptible to squeaks. Our homes feature T&G OSB floor decking which is screwed, glued and nailed. T&G joints allow two flat pieces to be joined strongly together to make a single flat surface – again making a stronger, tighter flooring system. Our floors are insulated to a minimum of R26 so together with our tight and efficient walls and ceilings, you will keep warm in the winter
HVAC and Electrical
All of our homes come fully plumbed and wired. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems are available in a wide variety of configurations – depending on the model and client requirements. All homes meet or exceed National Building Code and CSA standards through Intertek approvals and inspections. Most models are available with natural gas, electric, propane or oil fired furnaces and all can be are air conditioner ready. Most models come standard with 100 AMP electrical service; however, in certain instances we can provide 200 AMP service. Is a hot tub in your future? A 200 AMP panel will handle that plus almost any other gadget or appliance you can think of.
We highly recommend an HRV unit to all of our clients. Heat Recovery Ventilation (HVR) is an energy recovery ventilation system designed to keep a fresh supply of outside air in the home, without losing any of the heat (in winter) or cool (in summer) to the outside via the mechanical system. The HVR will also reduce unwanted humidity in the home. As our homes are so tightly sealed, we think it’s important to have an HVR system installed in your home – for both your comfort and your health.