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modern-patio-covers-high-desert-contractorIf you’re in the Inland Empire/High Desert area in Southern California, and looking to have a patio cover built, making the decision of what and how to do it should not be taken lightly. What may seem as an incredibly easy decision, there are important choices that must be made in terms of what meets the needs of you and your family, and what is best for your home.

You will need to check in with your city code in terms of patio covers as well as the homeowners association in your area. If your patio cover is not up to code or regulations, the city can force you to remove it. The best thing to do is to hire a professionally licensed contractor to do the job for you. Hiring a contractor will ensure that your patio cover is up to code, as well as obtain the required permits. They will also have all the tools and materials that are needed in order to do the job right, which gives you the peace of mind that everything is taken care of. Because contractors do this for a living, they will also have great design ideas that will be perfect for your home, because they can speak from extensive experience.

When hiring a contractor, you want to make sure the company is reputable. A company in good standing will come to your home and provide you a written estimate at no charge. Be sure to also ask the contractor for references and look into their history and ask to see photos of previous work. A reputable and reliable contract will be insured, licensed, bonded, and provide you with a contract with all the terms and conditions clearly spelled out. Once the contract is signed and the hands are shook, you will be in for a smooth process with great rewards in the finished product.

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Protecting Yourselves During a Remodel

Everyone here at S&S Construction & Restoration pride ourselves on not only our workmanship but safety as well…

Here are a few tips that will help keep your family safe-and your project running smoothly.

Keeping children safe

Home-remodeling construction areas can be very attractive to young children. Kids will often hang around work areas and ask the crew hundreds of questions. To keep the area safe, crews should restrict access to the areas they are working in by asking them not to pass the yellow tape. The homeowners and parents need to also take an active part in keeping children safe.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), recommends designating an area away from the work site for play and toy storage. Be sure to explain to your children which areas are off limits and that they should never play around with materials or with the contractors’ tools and machinery.

Communicating with your contractor is also very important. Before work begins, inform the contractor of the number of children in the house, their ages, and whether any are particularly mischief-prone.

Be sure to find out when large equipment and orders of building materials are being delivered. You might consider taking a family outing on those days if possible.

I’m sure this has never happened…but NARI suggests that parents do not leave children alone under a contractors’ care while going out to run errands. Your contractor is not your babysitter.

Control hazardous materials

Before your project starts, be aware of potentially toxic materials on the job site. Lead paint, asbestos, mold, and even dust could be health hazards during a remodel, especially if the project includes demolition. Keep children and pets out of areas where those hazards exist and away from toxic chemicals, such as paint strippers.

Make sure to ask your contractor what steps will be taken-to avoid creating indoor pollutants and how they will contain those that can’t be avoided.

Additional safety guidelines

  • Assign separate doors – If possible, designate one entrance through which work crews carry tools and materials and another for you and your family to use exclusively during the project.
  • Protect your pets – A dog or cat underfoot is a hazard to both you and your pet. Keep pets away from work areas, preferably in a closed room away from the supply-door entrance.
  • Safely store tools and materials – Be sure your contractor keeps dangerous items, such as tools, ladders, and hazardous materials, out of children’s reach at all times, especially at the end of the workday.
  • Securing the work area – Ensure that you or your contractor secure any holes or pits in the wall, floor, or yard at the end of the day.
  • Hang plastic sheeting or tarps around the work area – This simple step helps prevent pollutants, dust, and debris from travelling throughout the house.
  • Look for lead paint – The older your home, the greater the chance it has lead-based paint, a threat even if you’ve laid lead-free coats over it. If the paint is scraped, sanded, lead can become airborne and make it in to your body or contaminate the soil around your home. Children are especially vulnerable to dust that can get on toys and hands and, eventually, in the mouth. The first step is having the area tested for lead-based paint. The Environmental Protection Agency does not recommend home-use testing kits. Instead, it suggests hiring a trained inspector to test surfaces on-site. If lead-based paint is present, the agency recommends hiring a professional to prep the surface. The EPA’s brochure “Reducing Lead Hazards when Remodeling Your Home” offers suggestions on finding an inspector as well as information on what to look for in a remediation contractor.
  • Mist surfaces – A fine coat of water sprayed on surfaces before sanding or scraping keeps dust from becoming airborne.
  • Work outside – When at all possible, paint, stain, and finish building materials outside and bring them in after they are dry.
  • Control carpet VOCs – Unroll and air carpets before installation, and use low-emitting adhesives if needed.
  • Ventilate – Air out the work area and the rest of your home during and after a remodel. Position window fans so that they blow out instead of in. If your home has central air conditioning or heat, DO NOT run the systems when works are sanding or scraping. Also change the filters as often as once a week to keep dust from spreading throughout the house. The NARI also suggests that short getaways be planned while the home is airing out. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers guidelines on indoor-air-quality concerns during remodeling.
  • Be aware of rodent droppings – Droppings are sometimes exposed during demolition and can spread viruses. Be sure to eliminate all of the droppings, taking proper precautions when doing so.

Deciding to e can be both exciting and a little frightening. You have a vision of how beautiful it will look when you are finished, but remodeling can be dangerous. All projects, big and small, have their hazards. As long as you take the proper precautions and educate yourself on the task at hand, the remodel should go pretty smoothly.

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Tips for Determining Patio Size

Determining the size of your patio is crucial.  Often times, homeowners end up with a patio that is either too small or too large.  Patios that are too small feel cramped and confined after adding patio furniture, a bbq or plants.  Taking the time to determine the correct measurements for your patio will help to ensure an outdoor space you can use year-round.

Step 1: How will the space be used?

Will you be cooking? Sitting around a fire-pit?  In order to determine the correct size, you need to determine how you will use the space.  Begin by organizing the specific uses into the space.  This may include a grilling area, gathering zone, a fire-pit and/or a dining area.  The relationship of all of these to one another are crucial to predicting how the spaces connect across common ground and generally defined as the patio.

Step 2: How may people would you like to accommodate?

Will it be a small gathering of just a few or do you have ideas of large parties?

Step 3:  Measure your yard

Make sure your yard can support you ideas.  You need to know the area with which you have to work.

When considering the size of your patio, there’s alot to think about. You need to consider the size of your furniture, walk around space, size of appliances, orientation to expose the most views and sun exposure.  By putting forth thoughtful consideration and design up front, will ensure a patio area that you can enjoy for years to come.

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Pro Tips: Why You Need to Hire a General Contractor

Bob Vila talks with a real estate developer regarding the importance of hiring a qualified contractor for your next home improvement project.

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Adjustable Patio Covers: Providing  Protection From Sun and Rain

Many people today use their patio as an extra space extension for their home. While the patio can be a beautiful open area, some homeowners choose to add an adjustable patio cover that extends over part of the patio or the entire area. An adjustable patio cover can provide protection for plants, patio furniture, outdoor entertaining, and other relaxing family activities.

In recent years, patio covering innovations have been introduced that include an electronically controlled covering that rotates slats to open for sunlight and ventilation a well as close for weather-related protection. This type of patio cover is simple, flexible, and easy to use, especially in quickly changing weather conditions.

Adjustable patio covers are built with electronic control systems that are part of the initial installation. The adjustable patio cover is typically a louver system that can span across approximately four meters. The louvers can be installed as a roof only or a roof with vertical side screens, depending on the requirements of the patio structure. With a click of a remote control button, the louvers can be opened or closed to control wind, sunshine, and shade in the summer as well as provide overhead protection during adverse weather conditions. Interlocking louvers offer complete protection when closed, allowing the party or barbecue to continue as planned, even if a storm blows through the neighborhood.

These adjustable patio coverings are not only ideal for patios, but also for open-air style restaurants and courtyards that might need protection during the day and evening from a variety of weather conditions. Some homeowners even install these wonderful covers over outside kitchens, swimming pools, spas, and play areas for their children. Typically, louvered systems have very strong, insulated slats that have sensors that respond to water; in case of rainfall, they close automatically waterproofing the patio, patio furnishings, and everything sitting under it. During the California summer, sitting in direct sunlight can become extremely hot and uncomfortable; this type of adjustable patio cover can provide ample shade when the louvers interlock to make a solid roof. In addition, during mild winters when sunlight is preferred, tilting open the slats of an adjustable patio covering can keep the glare away, while ensuring ample warmth is filtered through the louvers.

The good news is that adjustable patio covers are completely customizable to create the perfect ambiance for your outdoor living experience. They can be built to integrate with your existing architecture, complementing your home and landscape. The all-metal materials used are much more durable than coverings made of wood or cloth, so these covers are built to last.

If you live in the Southern California area and you’re considering an adjustable patio cover, call S&S Construction today. Our team of professionals will answer your questions, help you in the project planning stages and build a patio cover to meet your expectations.

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S&S-construction-restoration-fire-damageRebuilding Your Home After Fire

Fire can be the most destructive force on your home. What is not destroyed by the fire can be damaged or destroyed by smoke and water. Repairing fire damage requires careful attention to detail. Your home is most likely your largest asset and you cannot cut corners when it comes to rebuilding and restoring your investment. Repairing fire damage is not a job for the average contractor.

Contract the services of S&S Construction Restoration Inc. to restore your home and request a detailed estimate. Rebuilding the home will require several additional steps to ensure that safety issues are taken care of and the home’s structure is as safe and secure as it ever was.

Should the worst happen, S&S Construction Restoration Inc. will take every step necessary to make your home as safe and beautiful as it was before the fire. Contact us (760) 559-2667 as soon as your home has been affected by smoke or fire and we will evaluate the damage and prepare an itemized estimate. As with all disaster restoration (storm, water, smoke or fire) we provide 24 hour emergency service – 7 days a week.

Our last bit of advice is to be prepared before a disaster strikes your home. Of course you have insured your investment, but you need to do more. Creating a home inventory before disaster strikes is an excellent way to expedite the insurance claims process after a fire loss. This record of your insurable assets will not only help you in the settlement of a covered loss or claim, but will also help verify tax-deductible property losses and determine the right amount of insurance coverage you need.

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Custom Patio Covers

Having a patio enclosure installed on your property doesn’t have to be a time intensive process that disrupts your daily routine and makes a mess of your backyard. When you turn to the patio products experts at S&S Construction Restoration, your new patio enclosure will be installed by a quality-driven team that is able to complete most projects in no time at all. We are also dedicated to making the installation process as stress-free as the time you’ll spend relaxing under your new patio enclosure.

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S&S Construction, your Premiere High-Desert Contractor

custom-patio-coversS&S Construction is your full-service, premiere contractor in the High Desert. Fully licensed, bonded and insured, S&S Construction can handle all of your custom patio and construction needs. Providing, custom designed patio coverings, pergolas, curbing, sidewalks, custom driveways, stamped or textured concrete finishes, if you can imagine it, S&S Construction can build it.

Call S&S Construction today, 760.559.2667

 

 

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7 Remodeling Issues With Your thBathroom You May Not Notice!

1. Structural deficiencies in the floor framing:
It is very common when doing a bath remodel to find floor joists that have been notched by plumbers in a manner that leaves the joist too weak to perform properly. This is particularly problematic when installing a new tile floor which will crack if the floor is not stiff enough!

2. Old corroded plumbing:
Doing a bathroom renovation is a great time to deal with old corroded cast iron or galvanized drain lines and galvanized water supply lines. Even copper water supply lines can be hidden problems if there are corroding joints.

3. Tile tub surrounds and Tile showers that aren’t waterproof:
Modern plumbing codes require that showers have waterproof walls be waterproof, however, even many modern installations are not properly waterproofed and certainly older installations were not typically built with any type of waterproof membrane. Since tile and grout are not waterproof in and of themselves, this leads at best, to problems with water vapor moving around inside your walls, and at worst, to outright leaks and deterioration.

4. Mold loves old bathrooms and cheap contractors:
I have never done done a full gut bathroom remodel and found mold free wall cavities. Lack of waterproofing behind tile, insufficient ventilation and other design and installation issues, combined with lots of moisture on a daily basis, make bathrooms a mold prone problem spot.

5. You’re lucky enough to have a vent fan but it’s not doing squat:
It never ceases to amaze me how many times a vent fan is installed without a duct, installed with a duct that dumps moist air into the attic or the basement, or installed with a duct to the exterior but the ducting is leaking like a sieve.

6. Someone made a board game out of your load bearing wall framing:
In a previous remodel, an evil genius or a complete moron cut, hacked and generally butchered the wall studs in a load bearing wall and by some miracle your house is still standing. This is something that is much less fun to find out after the ceiling or roof caves in.

7. Your plumbing may not be vented properly:
Modern plumbing codes have changed the ways plumbers run vent lines for your sink, tub, shower or toilet. Insufficient venting can cause drains to gurgle or traps to be sucked dry, and can contribute to drains stopping up.

If your are doing a major upgrade to your bathroom consider doing a “full gut.” Removing all the plaster from the walls and ceilings, and removing the sub-floor, allow years of accumulating problems to be dealt with in one fell swoop. When done by S&S Construction, with expertise in bathroom remodeling, you end up with a zero problems bathroom that will function flawlessly and add tremendous value to your home for many years to come.

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Top Pro Tips on How to Hire a Contractor

Whether you’re looking to hire a plumber, flooring expert or general contractor, there are definitely things to consider before doing so. The following are some recommendations to help your renovation run a bit smoother.

Get Recommendations

Its always a good idea to start by asking your friends and family. You can also talk with a building inspector, who will know which contractors routinely meet code requirements. Also, visit your local lumber yard. The associates there regularly see contractors and know which contractors buy quality materials as well as those that pay their bills timely.

Do Phone Interviews

Once you have assembled your prospect list, make a call to each and ask them the following questions:

  • Do they take on projects of your size?
  • Are they willing to provide financial references, such as from suppliers?
  • Can they provide a list of previous clients?
  • How long have they worked with their subcontractors?

Answers to these questions will provide information on their availability, reliability, the attention they will be willing to provide to your job as well as how smoothly the work will go and the timely completion of the job.

Meet Face to Face

Based on your telephone interviews, select three to four contractors to interview in person. A contractor should be able to answer your questions satisfactorily and in a manner in which it puts you at ease. At the same time, do not let personality fool you. Contact the Better Business Bureau to verify contractors do not have a history of disputes with clients or their subcontractors.

Set A Payment Schedule

Payment schedules often times will speak to the contractor’s financial status and work ethic. Be cautious if they want half the bid up front: it could possibly mean they are experiencing financial troubles or perhaps they are afraid you won’t pay the rest after you’ve seen their work. Large projects usually start with a down payment of 10% of thee contract value, three payments of 25% spaced over the duration of the project and a the final payment of 15% after you feel they have completed all the punch list items.

Don’t Let Price Be Your Guide

Throw out the low-ball bid. These type of contractors often times try to cut corners. Beyond technical competence, comfort should play an equal to or greater role in your decision making. The single most important factor should be the level of communication between you and the contractor. All things being equal, its better to spend a little more on the job and be comfortable with the chosen contractor than the alternative.

Lastly, Put It In Writing

Draw up a contract detailing every aspect of the project: payment schedule, proof of insurance, including worker’s comp insurance, start and finish dates, products and materials to be used as well as a requirement that the contractor obtain lien releases, that will protect you if he doesn’t pay his bills, from all suppliers and subcontractors. Insisting on a clear contract doesn’t speak to mistrust but rather insuring a successful renovation.

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