Nobody wants a disaster to hit their home or office, but it does happen. Many things, such as; water, fire, wind, etc. can cause damage to your home or office, enough to where you might have to do some remodeling. Although, when your property is damaged, it might not be all bad. Now you can make those changes you’ve always wanted, at the same time improving your property to make it stronger against future disaster. Finding the right contractor before you start remodeling is key. Don’t just let the insurance company tell you who to use. While the insurance company can suggest a contractor,  make sure the contractor working on your home or office is the right contractor for you and not just who they pick. Before you begin remodeling your damaged property, pay attention to these helpful tips.

Repair the Basement

If your basement had moisture issues in the past, post-disaster would be a good time to work on that problem. A basement specialist, or even your contractor can recommend ways to maintain a moisture-free basement, this might include a combination of things you can have done while you’re already in the process of reconstruction. Rather than spending a bunch of money on perimeter drainage tile, you can look at options during the remodel period, such as sump pumps, and making sure water is pumped away from the home. Make sure to pay attention to the land surrounding the basement when remodeling as well, especially if areas have been washed away. The outside grading is just as important as the drainage systems inside, when the earth slopes towards the house it can cause problems.

Toughen Up Walls

If your home has sustained water damage in a disaster, the water can carry contaminants. The materials affected will need to be removed, and deodorized with an antimicrobial to kill the microbes. It’s going to be worth it to install water-resistant materials in areas where future water damage is possible, the basement is always a common area for this. Look into materials you can use that are resistant to water and mold, although, everything has a time limit when it comes to these things, these materials will last longer than the typical material. Another thing to consider are the baseboards. Avoiding wood trim can save your walls if there was ever future water damage, you might still lose the carpet, but you won’t lose both.

Stomp Out Poor Floors

Disasters involving water can be detrimental to floors, but there are some materials that can withstand moisture better than others. Materials not recommend for areas that are prone to moisture include; carpet, hardwood, and laminate. Sometimes carpet can be saved if it can get dry, be cleaned, and then be re-laid, but you will still need a new carpet pad. Consider flooring that can better handle the moisture, such as, tile.

Pay Attention to the Exterior

Make sure your windows, and roof are installed correctly with the right material. If you are replacing the windows consider using wind-rated windows, although, any acceptable window should work fine, it’s just a little extra precaution. Each window should be taped, and sealed correctly to ensure no moisture can get behind the siding. If you’re replacing the roof a qualified roofer, or your contractor can help you pick the proper roofing materials for your area. Make sure you get high-quality shingles that are in good condition, and they are installed properly. They call this “flashing” if this isn’t done correctly water can get inside. It’s also helpful to check your roof annually, looking for curled shingles, hail damage and water leaks.

After reading you can see why it’s important to pick the right contractor. You will need help picking the right materials, and you need to be able to trust that all the work is being done correctly. If your home is in need of some remodeling contact us today! Feel free to comment or email with any other tips to follow when going through a remodel. Thanks for reading.