THE MOST POPULAR TIPS FOR RENOVATING AND MAINTAINING YOUR HOME
It’s great to be able to upgrade your home and give it a new life. With thoughtful work, it is possible to feel in a new space without moving.
TexNov presents advice to prevent damage to your home, all with the help of construction professionals.
Reading home improvement blogs , we found the most popular and needed tips. SO We did our part and here is the result.
As a committed leading manufacturer, TexNov invests in the training of good practices with construction contractors, but also in informing consumers, to help them make good choices to protect their homes.
The construction sector is an innovative environment, which evolves with you, to offer materials capable of easily making your home a healthy, comfortable and sustainable living environment.
However, although aesthetic improvements in our habitat are nice, it is best to start with the important things to properly protect your home from ground up. That means staying away from “lipstick and mascara” fixes that cover major household issues, and tackling those issues first, because trust me, it can actually save you more money. money the first time!
Here is our compilation of home maintenance tips where you should focus to ensure your home is ready for all four seasons of the year:
Residential preventive advice
TIP #1 – FIX YOUR HOME BEGINNING FROM THE OUTSIDE TO THE INSIDE.
If the building envelope of your home is in poor condition , the elements will enter and wreak havoc on your interior space. This can lead to mold, rot, and a whole host of other issues. The worst is when the damage is not apparent…your invisible enemy is hiding behind the exterior enveloppe, now we’ll show you how to find it (tip #7)
Your first priority when it comes to remodeling is to make sure the exterior of the house is in good condition. This also includes the concrete floor of your balcony and the paved entrance.
To do so, TexNov offers construction professionals StefNov complete exterior house envelope systems. Whatever your home substrate, we have the turnkey solution to repair, insulate, seal and protect your home from the elements.
TIP #2 – HIRE THE RIGHT TEAM.
You want to hire the right contractor who will do the right job – including getting the permits, hiring the right subcontractors who will work WITH you to design a renovation that meets your needs. You don’t have a preferred contractor, call TexNov , we’ll take care of that too.
Our years of history have allowed us to build lasting relationships with professionals. Our large network is formed by the best entrepreneurs on the market. We not only offer the best products, but we also facilitate access to the best entrepreneurs, so let’s build something great together!
Pro tip: When hiring your contractor for future home repair or improvement projects, be sure to ask for references.
TIP #3 – PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE IS ALWAYS WATER INFILTRATION.
If you have a leaky roof or water seepage in your basement, address these issues before you begin your home improvement project.
Roof repairs may seem expensive at first, but it will save you a lot of money and could help avoid other potential big problems caused by water damage.
TIP #4 – GET A LICENSED ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR TO INSPECT YOUR ELECTRICAL
For some of your renovations you will be opening up your walls – and this is a great opportunity for you to take a look at your electrical and make sure everything is in good working order.
It only takes a few hours to inspect your entire electrical installation. Let yourself be accompanied by an experienced electrician to do it.
Why should the inspection be entrusted to a professional electrician?
The risks of electrocution: “Playing” in the electrical panel, in the sockets and in the wiring is very risky for a person who is not familiar with electricity. The risk of electrocution is very present and only a qualified electrician should tackle such an inspection.
(Whenever you make upgrades to your electrical system, you must acquire the appropriate permits to do so)
TIP #5 – MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PROPER VENTILATION IN YOUR HOME, ESPECIALLY IN AREAS THAT ACCUMULATE A LOT OF HUMIDITY
Having the right type of ventilation in spaces where you accumulate a lot of humidity like kitchens and bathrooms is necessary. Kitchen remodeling should include checking your ventilation system to make sure it can properly extract all the excess humidity you produce when you cook. Find out what Deco France has to say about it here
When you’re done showering, run your bathroom fan for at least 30 minutes. Also be sure to open the door or window while the fan is running. If the bathroom is sealed, it restricts airflow and your fan cannot push warm air outside.
TIP #6 – SMOKE ALARMS AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS SHOULD BE TESTED MONTHLY
Yes, the authorities remind us to change the batteries of the detectors annually, but doing monthly tests only takes a few seconds…which could save our house.
Test your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers and all ground fault circuit interrupters monthly to make sure they are working properly.
Smoke detector maintenance awareness campaign led by the city of Laval.
TIP #7 – REGULARLY MONITOR HUMIDITY LEVELS IN YOUR HOME
Adjust your humidifier settings and regularly monitor your indoor humidity levels based on the outdoor temperature.
Did you know?
To measure the humidity level of your home, all you need is a device called hygrometer or humidity sensor. Very small, you can move it around the house to measure the humidity of different rooms.
If your budget is limited, you can get a hygrometer at dollar stores or at Canadian Tire …these devices are less attractive, but their reading can guide us in case of high humidity.
TIP #8 – CHECK YOUR FOUNDATION FOR CRACKS AND ANY STRUCTURAL ISSUES
There is no doubt that the number one enemy of your home (water) does not enter your home through foundation cracks.
When it rains, watch where the water runs off your deck. All water should drain out the front of your deck and not into your house. With freeze-thaw cycles, terraces and balconies can change their angle level, even in modern residential buildings. In the case of small balconies made of screw piles, if the slope falls towards the house, the risk of water infiltration in the envelope of the house is very high; in these cases, mold is almost assured, structural damage too without corrective action, not to mention indoor air quality.
On your roof, look for missing or loose shingles, as they can allow water and snow to seep into your attic.
Pro tip: Keep the gutters clean and free of debris. A clogged gutter can prevent water from flowing away from your house, water will back up and could seep into the roof.
So don’t wait any longer, before your spring cleaning, take a walk around your house with an expert; it will help you identify preventive and corrective measures.
Contact us for contractor references in your area.
TexNov develops innovative solutions to prevent and protect your home, from the paved entrance to the exterior covering. We believe prevention is better than cure; but if your house has gone beyond the prevention stage, count on us to redecorate your home. Think Texnov for healthy and comfortable living spaces in sustainable environments.
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Disclaimer: This article was written to inform and entertain. The company takes no responsibility for any work done without professional supervision. Your best ally is your family contractor.