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Wood Frame vs Concrete Block Construction Part II

June 4th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Now that we’ve dispelled the myth of wood frame construction being inferior, we’re now going to be focusing on how to figure out if a home is wood frame or concrete block construction although it really shouldn’t matter that much. With homes here in SW Orlando, you can usually tell by looking at exterior windows and the walls in the garage.

An easy way to figure out whether a home is wood frame or concrete block construction is to look at the exterior windows. You’ll notice on the photos above that the windows on the concrete block home (pictured left) are recessed while the windows on a wood frame home (pictured right) are flush to the wall.

Keep in mind that bay windows are often wood frame construction, even though the rest of the home may be block. The windows on the upstairs of a two story home are usually flush with the wall because the upstairs is wood frame construction even though the first floor is concrete block construction.

Another way to see if a home is wood frame or concrete block construction is by looking at the walls in the garage. The walls in the garage of a concrete block home (pictured left) typically show blocks, while the walls on the garage of a wood frame home (pictured right) will have a smooth drywall.


Well, there you have it. Now you can instantly tell whether or a home is wood frame or concrete block construction on your next home buying excursion.

related post: Wood Frame vs Concrete Block Construction Part I

Tags: Real Estate Tips

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 David // Jul 2, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Pretty interesting, especially since I’m in the process of building a home in the tropics and we were discussing the pros and cons. The one other question I have is, which one has the advantage of keeping the house cooler without A/C.? I have stayed in homes built of both materials, and the concrete house seemed to be a lot hotter…?

  • 2 Hojin Chang // Jul 2, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    I’d consult your builder about this, but I believe wood frame homes have better insulation qualities.

  • 3 Hank Tapken // Dec 25, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Thank you, this has been a big help. I am planing on building a home in the Villages, Fl. They use vinyl siding on their wood frame construction. What is your opinion of vinyl vs cement in Fl.?
    Thanks, Hank