When we think of the natural disasters that have rattled communities and caused so much loss of property and life, we generally don’t think that there could be a silver lining to all of this devastation. This is especially true in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, where families just want to return to their homes and business owners want to be able to open their services to the public once again. When the dust has settled on the scene of a natural disaster, there is a lot to think about-including how you can renovate the former space to be a better, more functional and more aesthetically pleasing one than it was before the incident took place.
Think about it for a second, if you will. Something has to go up where the structure or its damaged components once were. So why not upgrade the space where an upgrade is possible?
Upgrade your Basement
Basements are one site that can be overlooked during this time, but basements can also be one of the most problematic areas in a structure. Because they are so often neglected and treated simply as storage space, most homes and office buildings do not live up to their potential. When reconstructing a basement space, consider the following additions and modifications:
- Additional means of keeping excessive moisture out of the basement, such as through the use of sump pumps and drainage tiles.
- The installation of new and more functional insulation and drywall.
- The installation of new flooring, which could be more resistant, more appealing and easier to maintain than the previous flooring.
When you choose a professional construction team like LaPointe Construction to handle the reconstruction of your home, including its basement, you will be provided with the best tips and pointers to help you minimize issues that had always been a problem, as well as new ones that have risen as a result of natural disaster.
Replacing your Walls/Insulation Could Prevent Further Problems
The walls in your home have likely taken a hit from the unwanted elements that have made their way into the space. In addition to mold caused by water damage or soot caused by fire, walls can store within them a great amount of contaminants that can make you and your family sick. Consider:
- The replacement of water-gorging fiberglass insulation with more water-resistant materials.
- Replacing drywall with cement board, which is much more water resistant and provides better structural integrity than traditional drywall.
- Replacing wood trim with materials that do not harbor moisture and mold as easily, such as polyvinyl.
Walls that are prone to taking in moisture are going to cause issues down the line, so why not use this time of reconstruction to safeguard against it with the installation of better materials?
Opt for Flooring that Resists the Ravages of Water
Certain flooring types, like hardwood, laminate and carpet, are considered worth steering clear from if moisture is one of your primary concerns. These materials absorb water much more easily than tile, for example, making them exceptionally susceptible to mold, mildew and other contaminates that can contribute to sicknesses. In the event of a flood or a fire that has been doused with water for the purpose of extinguishing it, you’ll probably want to throw your old flooring away anyway. Installing tile can prevent future damage in the event that it becomes exposed to unwanted moisture.
LaPointe Construction is well-known for its reconstruction services-with decades of experience to back up our reputation. Let us work with you to rectify water damage in your home and prevent it from becoming a tremendous pain in the future. Call us today at 978-447-5991 if you want some professional guidance to help you and your home or office recover from water damage.