USING 2×6 EXTERIOR STUDS VS. 2×4 EXTERIOR STUDS
2×6 construction is used in the building of exterior walls. Specifically, it’s where 2 x 6 studs are placed throughout the exterior walls of the home. The majority of major construction jobs use 2×4 construction due to the reduced costs. 2×6 construction has an increased upfront cost that can deter people from considering it. Yet there are a number of advantages to utilizing 2×6 over 2×4 construction.
- 2×6 construction is thicker. This makes for an overall stronger structure.
- In the long term, 2×6 construction will save on energy bills due to its greater insulation.
- A 2×6 framed wall offers a solid 5½ inches of insulation, or a full R-21 rating. A 2×4 only offers 3½, inches, an R-14 rating.
- Quieter more peaceful living
- 46% more wall insulation than standard 2×4 construction
When a home is built using 2×6 studs, that means the depth of the wall will be approximately 5 ½inches. That added depth of the wall allows for additional insulation. This provides a better barrier from the elements (both hot and cold) and therefore increased energy savings. Additionally, thicker walls and thicker insulation means a quieter home as more outside sound is blocked from entering the home. You will hear and feel the difference of 2×6 construction.
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