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Pringle Stands For Quality
Buying your dream retirement home is a very big decision. There are many things to consider before "taking the leap"... We feel worrying about the quality of your home shouldn't be one of them! That is why we put quality at the forefront of every custom home we build.
What Makes a Pringle Home Different?
Energy Star Certification
Every home Pringle builds in the Lakes of Mount Dora Community is an ENERGY STAR Certified home. Each new home has undergone a process of inspections, testing, and verification to meet strict requirements set by the US EPA. Pringle's Energy Star Certified homes use 15-30% less energy than typical new homes while delivering better comfort, quality, and durability. You can learn more about the process of ENERGY STAR Certification at energystar.gov.
Icynene Spray Foam
Icynene spray foam insulation is one of the newest and most advanced forms of insulation available on the market. Icynene ensures a solid barrier from air leaks and moisture intrusion. We include this revolutionary product in all of our homes as a standard feature. Watch the video for more details on the installation of this great new product.
3000 PSI Fibermesh Concrete
We start from the foundation up in building your home to a higher standard . We insist on using 3000 PSI Fibermesh reinforced concrete exclusively. While 2500 lb. is typical with most builders and may be the minimum required by local building codes, we've decided to exceed those basic specifications. In addition, we pre-engineer the location of the slab’s expansion joints away from visible areas. This means you get a more solid and reliable foundation on which to build your Florida dream home.
All Pringle homes’ interior walls are framed with #2 or “stud grade” lumber using 16" on center stud spacing. Many builders have gone to the cheaper "sheet metal studs" and 24 inch on center spacing. While this practice reduces labor and material costs, we believe it sacrifices the sound deadening and structual support qualities of a wood-framed interior wall.
CPVC Thermoplastic Pipe
All pressurized water lines in our homes are CPVC Chlorinated Polyvinylchloride thermoplastic pipe. For several decades CPVC plumbing has proven the test of time as a safe and reliable delivery system for potable water. CPVC has many benefits over copper tubing. It is not subject to water hammer, an annoying inconvenience to homeowners, that is so common in copper. CPVC is not subject to corrosion and does not have negative reactivity to concrete. It is not prone to condensation and does not experience thermal loss. And finally, CPVC is manufactured in the United States.
Concrete block homes, though exceptionally strong and popular in a warm climate area, are not inherently energy efficient. Other than the thin layer of foil paper used by many builders, the only insulation in most block homes is the dead air space inside the concrete block. Pringle however, uses R-Max Thermosheath - a rigid foam plastic thermal insulation board having the highest R value of any insulation board as well as the best fire rating. The R-Max Thermosheath acts to protect your home in two ways: the first as insulation barrier to keep the heat out and second as a moisture barrier keeping moisture where it belongs-outside your living area.
Most builders are still using "green board" - a gypsum-based plasterboard with treated "moisture resistant paper" - for bathroom walls that will be covered in tile. We all know that when water gets behind the tile, mold and mildew will develop and start to damage the wall behind the tile. Pringle uses Dens-Shield Tile Backer. This patented, glass-matted product stops the passage of water at the surface, and with no biodegradable components it resists the growth of mold and mildew. Even Dens board's moisture resistant core is unique, unlike "green board’s highly absorbent plaster, the glass-matted material will not absorb moisture at all.
Plywood Sheathing and Roof Decking
Ever wonder what happened to plywood? Now, most everyone is using a product called Oriented Strand Board (OSB)- resin bonded wood chips made with phenyl formaldehyde. What’s the attraction? While the builders using it claim it’s more moisture resistant than CDX plywood, it takes many times longer to dry out once saturated. That increases the chance of forming mildew, one of the biggest problems reported nationally in home building today. Structurally, local building codes claim OSB and plywood are compatible. Yet shortly after Hurricane Andrew (1991), both Dade and Brevard counties in south Florida banned OSB. Wind-born missile impact tests revealed that plywood was much more resilient. Plywood costs more, but Pringle homes are worth it.