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Hiring A Professional Contractor For Your Patio Cover | Patio Remodel Hesperia

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.

Patio Water Damage Hesperia | Water Damage Restoration Hesperia | S&S Construction Hesperia

water-damage-patio-construction-restoratation-s&sconstructionPreventing Patio Water Damage

Patios are very nice to have, particularly for those nice, cool summer evenings when you like to be able to relax outside after a hard day. Like any area of the home, though, they may be prone to water damage and, as such, every homeowner should know what to do in the event of a water problem. This will prevent subsequent problems or damage to the patio.

As with any case of water damage, the best defense is always a good offense, which means taking the time to inspect the patio and the surrounding grounds and structure for anything that might give way to a water damage problem.

Causes of Patio Water Damage

The biggest cause of water damage to patios is inadequate drainage. Drainage systems may be installed when patios are built or the structure itself may be designed for water to drain off by installing a slope to facilitate water runoff. Improper sloping may result in puddling in the middle of your patio, which is unsightly and renders the patio unusable.

Even if you have adequate drainage, the system may become clogged up over time. Conduct periodic inspections of the drainage system serving your patio and make sure that it is free and clear of obstructions.

Water damage to patios may also be cause by digging too close to water lines, lines that can rupture and saturate the ground in a matter of minutes or hours. Once water gets up under the patio, the foundation for the construction is compromised and you may end up seeing leaks as the patio is stressed beyond its ability to compensate for.

Likewise, make sure that the gutters and downspouts serving the home direct water out and away from the patio. Allowing the water to drain onto the patio itself virtually guarantees that water will end up under the patio, in your home, or both.

Waterproofing Options

Some patios may also be treated with a barrier that is designed to repel dirt, oil, and water. It is basically a sealer and is designed for use on concrete or brick patios and walls. While patio waterproofing is not 100% guaranteed, the more water that can be channeled away from the patio, the better. This also goes hand in hand with having a decent drainage setup, channeling the water out and away from the home.

If your home does not yet have a patio and you are considering one, remember to take into consideration the size of the patio you are considering, be sure to dig to appropriate levels to keep the patio at the proper elevation relevant to the home, and use only the highest quality materials designed to keep the patio in good condition and resistant to the elements for a long time to come.

Construction Restoration Hesperia | Patio Construction Contractors High Desert

We Are S&S…

S&S Construction Restoration offers fire and water damage restoration services for residential and commercial buildings in the High Desert area and beyond. We can handle any damage to your home or business that is covered by insurance — and we will bill your insurance company directly. With over 30 years of experience, we offer fast and affordable restoration that you can count on.

 

Fire Rebuilding And Restoration Inland Empire | Hesperia Patio Covers

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.

Remodel Safety Tips For Your Family | Patio Cover Construction Hesperia

How to Keep Your Family And Pets Out of Danger 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 remodel your house 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.

Bathroom Remodel Hesperia | Patio Covers Construction Hesperia

7 Remodeling Issues With Your Bathroom 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 (it is my personally belief that plumbers share certain genetic material with beavers).  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 (I’ve never had an inspector even ask about this) 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 a S&S Construction Restoration Inc. 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.

Adjustable Patio Covers Hesperia | S&S Construction Hesperia

Adjustable Patio Covers Provide 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 barbeque 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 for a very long time.

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 then build a patio cover to meet your expectations. Call for a free estimate today at (760) 559-2667

Home Remodel Hesperia | Patio Covers Hesperia | S&S Construction

Planning a Successful Remodel

Homes & Lifestyles, Spring 2015, Sonoma West Publishers

Story by Ray Holley

 A home remodel can be one of the largest investments you ever make, and you want it to change your life – or at least your living conditions – so it’s important that you understand the process and plan for the best outcome.

Click here to read the full article.

Ready to plan your remodel?  Call S&S Construction at (760)559-2667 to set up a consultation.

Home Remodeling Ideas Video | Patio Contractor Hesperia | Home Remodeling And Restoration Contractor Hesperia

Patio Design Inspiration Video | Patio Covers Hesperia | Patio Cover Contractor Hesperia

Watch this video and get inspiration for your new patio!  Then call S&S Construction in Victorville and put your ideas in motion… (760)559-2667