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Framing System
The many components of the framing system make up the support system for the floors, ceilings, walls, and roof. Most homes are constructed using wood framing and a small percentage using metal, block or brick. The buildings basic design and location will dictate the type of framing used. In some parts of the country, buildings must be designed with special resistance to earthquakes, winds, or heavy snow. All structures should be built to reduce the effects of shrinkage, warping, fire, and water damage. The majority or sometimes all of the framing system is often hidden by the finished materials on the walls, ceilings and floors. The finished materials are inspected carefully to see if they give clues to defects which may not be readily accessible. There are two basic types of framing systems and all must be inspected very carefully for defects such as, poor installation, settling, rot, insect damage, and more.

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