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10 things you need to know about wood stud wall construction

Most houses constructed with wood studs utilize 2×4 or 2×6 studs.  Each size has advantages and disadvantages.  I have detailed some of the basics below:

2×4

  • actual dimensions: 1.5″x3.5″
  • sufficient strength for homes in most regions
  • allows for R-13 to R-15 insulation, if using traditional batt insulation
  • most regions will require additional rigid insulation in addition to batt insulation between the studs
  • less expensive than 2×6 construction

2×6

  • actual dimensions: 1.5″x5.5″
  • stronger than 2×4 construction and may be required in certain regions
  • allows for R-19 to R-21 insulation, if using traditional batt insulation
  • some colder regions will require additional rigid insulation in addition to batt insulation between the studs
  • more expensive than 2×4 construction

Be sure to discuss the pros and cons of the wall type with your architect.

TMD

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