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Category: Blog

The Perfect Time for Installing a New Roof

If your roof is running out of time on its lifespan, now’s the best time to get it replaced. Installing a new roof is also in the cards if you keep having leaks. While Installing a new roof is expensive, the roof is, arguably, the most important part of your house. After all, walls are great but, by themselves, they don’t do much to keep the rain out. So, what makes this the perfect time to install a new roof? Here are a few reasons.

Summer Is Construction Season

The most notable reason why now is the perfect time for installing a new roof is that summer is construction season. The weather is nice, rain is scarce, and everyone’s looking to get their projects done while the school year isn’t actively taking time and resources.

If your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, you want to get it replaced before it starts showing real problems. Problems in a roof’s integrity can show up fast and become relentless. Plus, problems begin to rear their head in roofs during storm seasons. Therefore, it won’t be until the weather takes a turn for the worst that you realize it’s not doing so hot. Better to nip problems in the bud by taking that lifespan seriously.

Leaks Lead to Expensive Damages

If your roof is already beginning to have leaks, you need to begin seriously considering the long-term health of your home. Installing a new roof may not seem like a big deal when you only have one drip in the kitchen. However, summer is only just beginning. If your roof is on the decline, you have no way of predicting how many more issues will pop up before the dry season returns next year.

A drip in the kitchen is manageable, but if a leak springs up above your attic, or over a part of the house you don’t use much, it can go from a small drip to the ceiling collecting water damage. This isn’t just unsightly, it’s a speedy route to widespread mold problems. And, widespread mold problems are not something to take lightly. They can destroy a home beyond repair in a matter of months.

Instead of banking on your roof holding itself together until next summer, be prompt about replacing it. You’ll could save yourself a lot of money in potential damages.

It’s Almost Real Estate Season

What comes after construction season? That’s right – real estate season! There are two times during the year when people want to move: early fall and late spring. New houses and house repairs are finished during the summer and then houses are put on the market as fall approaches. People want to move right before or right after the school year so that their kids don’t have a middle-of-the-year catch-up to do at a new school.

If you want to sell your home and your roof is nearing its expiration date, replace the roof. You will have a much easier time selling, and will be able to sell at a much nicer price. Get that replacement done while the summer months are still here and be ready in time for real estate season!

Crown Molding Repair and Replacement

While crown molding has gone the way of the dinosaurs for many homeowners, there are still plenty of us in love with the feature. Crown molding does a fantastic job of framing each room, contrasting wall colors, and showing off elaborate designs. Unfortunately, because crown molding is unappreciated so widely today, many homes with crown molding have seen their molding fall into disrepair. If you need crown molding repair or crown molding replacement, Premier Group Contractors can help.

Simple Crown Molding Repair

Crown molding looks lovely when it’s new. However, years of wear and tear, people moving in and out, children playing indoors, and damage caused by DIY projects will do a number on crown molding.

Fortunately, with a little professional help, we can restore your molding to its former glory. Dents, cracks, splits, and even full breaks can be fixed by our professionals at Premier Group Contractors. With a bit of filler, some sanding, and some new paint, we can undo the damage inflicted on your crown molding. 

Unique Crown Molding Repair

However, crown molding repair isn’t always just filling in cracks. When it comes to repairing crown molding, rather than replacing, repair is frequently sought out by those with unique moldings. Older homes, especially those once owned by the wealthy, are often home to some really intricate molding designs. These beautiful designs looked great in their prime, but as years pass, they often get damaged and begin to look worse for wear.

Being able to recreate certain repeated design elements and replace broken or missing parts is a tough skill to acquire. The artistry required isn’t often found in the average construction crew. Fortunately, we can get the job done right.

Filling in dents, scratches, and other damage on a design is harder than on a flat or sloped molding. It involves using special tools to shape the filler material. And, when the filler has dried, sanding it down is a more delicate process. The reward of restoring a beautiful crown molding design is hard to ignore though. 

Crown Molding Replacement

While repairing crown molding is a great idea for special designs, a lot of crown molding is simplistic and easy to replicate. In those cases, crown molding replacement is a lot more practical. Plus, not everyone is fond of the crown molding design in their home. If you like crown molding, but are really in need of a different style, we can quickly remedy the problem.

If you need crown molding repair or crown molding replacement in the GTA, Premier Group Contractors are here to help. Call us for a price estimate or schedule an appointment today. We look forward to hearing from you and helping to make your home its most beautiful self.

Why Summer Is the Perfect Time for Exterior Painting

Have you been itching to get your home or business a new coat of paint? Now is the perfect time of year to make it happen! What is it about summer that makes it the best time for exterior painting? There are a few reasons. Let’s take a look.

Faster Painting

The first, and most obvious reason, for getting your exterior painting done in the summer is that the temperature is higher. When it’s warm outside, it’s easy for painters to get the job done quickly. Paint dries much faster, there’s rarely a drop of rain to interrupt the process, and coats can go on practically back to back.

Getting this process finished faster benefits everyone involved. Hourly costs go down, painters can get in and out, and businesses have their service interrupted for a shorter time.

Improved Business

If you run a store and are looking to have exterior painting done, there’s a bonus reason why you should get it done in summer. Most stores see an increase in business during the summer months. Not only is summer when most people are taking vacations and splurging their savings, it’s also when new customers show up.

Summer is a great time for getting outside and walking around. It’s warm enough to hang out with friends or family in town, on foot. That means more people will be walking past your store. This time of year is when many people will suddenly notice a shop they’ve never been in and check it out. If you have exterior painting done at the beginning of summer, your business will stand out even more than usual. A fresh coat of paint may make your shop seem like a new addition, even if it’s been sitting, unnoticed, for years.

A Great Time for Socializing

Even if you’re not a shop owner, there is a social bonus to getting painting done in summer. It’s a great excuse to host friends or family. Having a barbecue will give a lot of opportunities to discuss the recent home improvement work you’ve had done. As adults, there’s often not a lot of time and inspiration to socialize outside of work. This is your next excuse!

Hire Premier Group Contractors

When you’re ready to get exterior painting done for your home or business, Premier Group Contractors is ready and waiting. Our group is made up of contractors with many skills. That means we have painters on board that are waiting for your call. Call us today and let us know if you’d like your home or business to get an upgrade this summer.

Improve Your Master Bedroom with an On-Suite Home Addition

If you’ve been living in a home with no master bathroom, you’re truly missing out. There’s nothing quite as relaxing as being able to shower, then step straight into your room to dress. Not to mention, an on-suite doesn’t have to be shared with the rest of the household. The additional privacy is to die for – truly! So, how does one go about getting an on-suite without moving completely? It’s simple: an on-suite home addition is easy. Here’s how it can be done.

Building Out

The first way of adding an on-suite is the more expensive option: you can add on to the building. Building outward means adding more space to your home. This is convenient if all of your current home space is accounted for. However, it does involve extending the roof and foundation, which can be expensive and time consuming.

The build-out option is a really good one if you have more than a bathroom that you want to add to your home. For example, if your room is near to the kitchen, you could get a kitchen expansion as well as an on-suite. If these areas are back to back, you can expand the roof and foundation in the same area. This amount of additional space is more worth the trouble of building outward. However, if you’re looking for only an on-suite, or your bedroom is on the second floor, there’s also the option of remodeling.


Remodeling is when our contractors do extensive renovations in the home. This can be house-wide, or in a dedicated area. In this case, we’re looking at adding an on-suite without building out. The steps required for this are largely the same, regardless of the home. However, the specifics will vary for each different layout.

The gist of remodeling to add an on-suite is the following. Nearby bedrooms, hallway space, and more can be ‘stolen’ for the on-suite. Any space surrounding the master bedroom is able to be co-opted for the new bathroom. This is possible through taking down walls and rebuilding them in a different place, adding doors to existing walls, and more.

Retirement Remodel

One popular remodel is what we call a retirement remodel. When a retired couple finds their nest empty, and doesn’t want to move to a new home, they frequently put some of their savings into remodeling their home. This allows them to take back some of the space that used to belong to their kids.

This is especially useful if there are bedrooms that share a wall. If you have an empty bedroom beside yours, you have enough space to turn the entire bedroom into a sprawling on-suite. Or, if the bedroom is big enough, it can be divided and become a bathroom and walk-in closet. 

Premier Group Can Help

If you’re interested in an on-suite home addition, Premier Group Contractors can help. Our team of contractors has specialists for everything from drywall to electrical and plumbing. Let us know you’re interested in discussing a remodel or home addition and we’ll set up a consultation.

How to Renovate Your Basement into a Rental

If you’ve got a house with a little more space than you need, why not make use of that extra space? If you don’t have use for it yourself, someone else will! We’re talking about how you can renovate your basement into a rental suite. Let’s check out how you can make it happen.

Research and Prepare

The first thing to do before you renovate your basement into a rental is to research and prepare. To start, you’ll need to check local laws on basement rentals. There are often laws in place regarding size, rooms, entrance, and parking space. Understanding what’s expected of your future basement apartment is a necessity before you get started on planning your renovation.

If you find that you have everything you need, aside from the renovation, to legally rent out your basement, the next step is preparation. Any furnishings, decor, or belongings that you don’t plan on including in the rental agreement need to be removed. Doing this early makes renovations easier as well.

Plan for Livability

The next step is making plans to renovate your basement for livability. For example, you’ll want to make sure there’s a full bathroom and at least a small kitchenette available within the basement apartment space. If there’s no exterior door, and you don’t want to provide access to your own part of the house, you’ll also want to have an exterior door installed.

When the renovation is complete, your future tenant should have everything a normal apartment has, at least on some scale.

Hire Premier Group Contractors

When you’re ready to start the renovation process, you’ll want to get in touch with your local basement renovation contractors. In Toronto, Premier Group Contractors is the best in the business. Give us a call and schedule a consultation with us.

When we’re able to sit down with you for a consultation, we’ll take a look at your home’s blueprint and see where we can make changes to achieve the apartment you’re looking for. That might mean adding walls to create a bedroom or bathroom, removing walls to create a more open living space, or installing various plumbing or electrical elements. 

There’s a lot that goes into a basement apartment renovation, and we have experts for all of it. Therefore, instead of hiring different contractors for each type of job, you can get all of them from one place when you hire Premier.

Rent Out Your Basement

When your basement apartment renovation is complete, you’ll be all set to rent it out. Having a tenant living below you can be quite the change, but it can really pay off in the end. Plus, if you end up moving further down the line, instead of selling your home, you can even opt to rent out the upper portion of the house to another tenant. The possibilities are endless, but they all start with Premier.

The Benefits of Electrical Rewiring in an Old House

If you live in an old house, built in the 1970s or earlier, it’s time to start considering a full electrical rewiring. If rewiring your house seems like an unnecessary update, you might want to consider these benefits.

Better Circuit Connections

Have you ever turned on your blender and overloaded a circuit? In a modern house with logical circuit connections, the kitchen would be on one or two circuits. In an old house, your kitchen outlet might share a circuit with the office room down the hall. Suddenly, making a smoothie has turned into losing power to your computer. Hopefully you saved that presentation you were working on!

Bad circuit connections that make very little sense are an extremely common problem in older houses. Rewiring offers a chance to correct this and create more sensible circuits. Similar areas should be kept together while attempting to equalize how much electricity is demanded by each circuit.

Replace Degraded Electrical

After 50 years, we’ve improved the quality of standard electrical materials. Moreover, the ones installed in old houses have had half a century to degrade. This can mean a poor circulation of power to the outlets around your home and a much higher risk of an electrical fire.

Rewiring your home will drastically lower the electrical fire hazard and improve energy circulation in your home. That means less overloaded circuits and possibly even faster phone charging.

Improve Outlet Placement

If you frequently curse the position of your home’s power outlets, it might be a sign that your home was built quite a while ago. It actually makes a lot of sense that outlets are in inconvenient places when you consider the timeline. 50 years ago, computers were still in their birth years. Cell phones didn’t even exist. Outlets were placed in corners and out-of-the-way areas to accommodate lamps, landlines, and box TVs.

These days, outlets need to be placed liberally, like near the bed, to allow for phone and laptop charging. Rewiring your home means the ability to easily move outlets to exactly where you need them. Plus, mapping out your desired outlet locations can get you personalized results.

Improve Outlets

Even worse, old outlets are often without grounding ports! Grounding ports are the little holes beneath the standard two-prong outlet. Power plugs with grounders didn’t used to be standard. However, grounded plugs are standard for certain chargers nowadays. Computers, laptops, and many other appliances are nearly impossible to find without them.

If your outlets have no grounding ports, the only solution is to buy converters – little plastic plugs that you can plug into an ungrounded outlet and that has a hole for a grounding pin on the other side. These converters are an extreme fire hazard. They extend the weight of the plug further from the wall. Therefore, it’s easy for the ungrounded converter to tilt out of the outlet and cause a fire.

While rewiring, we’ll replace old, ungrounded outlets with safer, grounded ones. This will make converters unnecessary, improving convenience and safety in the process.

Improve Efficiency and Lower Prices

Last, but not least, rewiring an old house improves electrical efficiency, lowering your electrical prices. Did you know old and outdated wiring can eat up electricity that you’re not even using? This ends up wasting your money on your electrical bill. Instead of wasting more money on wasted electricity, invest in electrical rewiring. Then you can improve your home electrical experience from one end to the other.

Give us a call at Premier Group Contractors if you’re in the market for some electrical work. We’ll be happy to send our experts to the rescue!

4 Steps to Recovering from Flooding in Your Home

Flooding is one of the most devastating ways to sustain damage to your home. It can destroy memories, belongings, and make the safety of your house debatable. However, ensuring you take the proper steps to recovering from flooding can make all the difference. Save yourself some money and heartache by being proactive in your flood recovery. Here are the 4 steps that will help save your home from permanent ruin.

Assess the Damage

The first step is assessing the damage. This part can be difficult, as it involves coming face to face with the extent of it. Once you’ve salvaged any belongings that fell victim to the flood, it’s time to take stock of what’s happened.

Furniture that has been soaked in flood water needs to be removed from the house and put somewhere to dry. This furniture may be possible to save, with proper drying and decontaminating, but may succumb to mold or rot. It’s best not to use this furniture until it’s successfully recovered.

Find out what areas of the house have gotten water damage. You’ll need to take stock of:

  1. How high up the damage to the walls goes
  2. If any areas of the floor feel weak or squishy
  3. If water has reached any electrical sockets (Do not use any of your home’s electrical until you can confirm it’s not wet)

Get Professional Help

The next step is getting professional help. Recovering from flooding is not a one man – or even one family – job. If there’s still water pooled in your home, you need to have it removed. This is possible to do with a shop-vac, but is easier and more efficient to do with a pool vacuum.

Have someone come out and assess the damage from a professional viewpoint. You know what’s obvious, but a professional will spot the less noticeable things. They’ll also know how to check for moisture in your insulation, how extensive flooring damage is, whether or not your drywall will need to be replaced or simply repaired, and more.

Replace Ruined Flooring

More often than not, recovering from flooding will mean replacing ruined flooring. It’s rare for any floor to survive a serious flood. Carpet gets soaked and cannot be dried enough to prevent mold. Hardwood coating is damaged and the wood underneath can become soggy or rotted through, making it hazardous to walk on.

Premier Group Contractors does flooring replacement for the GTA. If you’re in Toronto, we’ll be happy to help in the flood recovery process by ensuring your floors are safe to traverse. If that means putting down clean carpeting or tearing out old hardwood to replace it, we can make it happen. 

The important thing is not minimizing what damage has been done to your floors. These are one of the most important parts of your house structure. Even if the damage is tolerable to look at, if water has made it to your subfloor, it could completely rot the floor structure of your home without you realizing until much later.

Follow Up on Damage

And, lastly, the most important step to recovering from flooding is following up on damage later. Moisture is incredibly insidious. It can get into cracks and begin growing mold and rot in tight spaces without your knowledge.

2-6 months after the flood, have an inspector out to your house to check for any remaining damage. If mold has begun to grow, this will give it enough time to come out into the open, and give you enough time to cut it off at the source. It’s not infrequent that people recover from a flood only for it to come back to haunt them years down the line in the form of structural rot or mold growth. Keep your home safe with some extra cautionary measures.

Remove Walls That Make Your Home Feel Small

There’s nothing quite as depressing as a large home that feels small the moment you step inside. You’ve got all this space, and yet it feels like you have barely any room to walk. How did this happen? The short answer: many older homes, or those with poor design, simply have too many unnecessary divisions. Luckily, there’s an easy solution. When you remove walls that cause unnecessary divides in your home, you can make it feel exponentially larger. Let’s take a closer look at that process.

Galley Kitchens

One feature in any house that’s sure to make it feel cramped is a galley kitchen. If your kitchen feels like a hallway with counters on either side, leading from a breakfast nook to, perhaps, the living room, you’ve got yourself a galley kitchen. These kitchens are meant to save space and be compact but, in the end, they feel unbearably cramped.

Removing the dividing wall between the galley kitchen and the rest of the house can open it up considerably. Depending on what’s behind that wall, it can be turned into a half-wall, a breakfast bar, or removed entirely. If removed entirely, the half of your kitchen that was against it can be left as is, the back of the cabinets covered in paneling or wood, or renovated entirely. This is a great opportunity to give yourself an island and move those cabinets slightly further from the others, providing more kitchen floor space.

Separate Dining and Living

Another way that houses are often unnecessarily divided is by putting a wall between the dining room and living room. While this may be suitable for a formal dining room, most of us aren’t hosting formally. Because the majority of us just use our dining room for family dinners, a dividing wall is providing nothing but a sense of encasement. Removing this wall will allow better light flow, easier conversation between dining and living spaces, and a more open appearance.

Entryway Borders

A feature in many homes that can cause a surprising amount of tightness is the presence of entryway borders. These borders usually come in the form of a wall, 1-3 feet in length, beside the front door. This wall is often between the entry and living space. Perhaps its original intention was to keep solicitors from seeing into your living space when you open the door. Regardless of its original intention, these borders do little more than cut off light and visibility.

Walled-In Stairs

Last, but certainly not least, let’s address walled-in stairways. Stairways that are walled in on both sides are incredibly stifling. Even walking up them can feel cramped and unpleasant. Fro the outside, the stairs are invisible, but so is the open space above them. Removing any unnecessary walls around stairs can really open things up. 

If your stairs border an external wall, this will add some more visible space to the living area your stairs are bordering. If your stairs fall somewhere in the middle of the floor, you can even remove the walls on both sides. Replacing these walls with stair to ceiling bars or glass will allow a huge increase in light-flow and visibility, opening up the area noticeably. 

Make Your Custom Home Design into a Finished Blueprint

It’s not uncommon for people to daydream about their dream house. Some of us even take to designing them for fun. Getting the perfect custom home design and layout – something of a personal heaven – is a feeling that can’t be matched. However, even countless sketches and doodled floorplans can’t be handed to a team of construction workers. However, they can be handed to a design consultation team. If you have a custom home design, let Premier Group Contractors turn it into a finished blueprint. Then, you can really get started on making your dream home a reality.

Gather Your Designs

The first step is gathering your designs. Whether you have them in a folder, or tucked into notebooks throughout your house, you’ll need them in one place. The more detailed information on what you need, the better. Therefore, if you plan to come in for a custom home design consultation, you may even want to take some time to fine tune your ideas.

Know Your Needs

When you come in for consultation, it’s important that you know your needs, or a rough approximation of them. While we can work with less information, having more is always a plus. That’s because, when we make a blueprint, we can’t leave anything out. Therefore, knowing your preferences for the details is a huge help, even if you can’t put them on the blueprint yourself. 

These are the features that will help a lot in the blueprinting process:

  • A rough-handed floorplan of your own (even if it’s simple).
  • Markers for doors or archways.
  • Markers for windows.
  • Roughly how you want the house to look from the front. A rough drawing of the shape you’re going for will help. This gives us an idea of whether it will be on a raised foundation, how the roof should be built, and so on.
  • Where you would like outlets or light fixtures to go.
  • Where you would like plumbing fixtures to go (such as sinks, tubs, and toilets).
  • Dimensions for fixtures, such as stair width, hallway width, and so on.

If you’re uncertain of any of these things, it can help to use a tape measure around your existing house to compare what you have with what you want. For example, if you want an island, but your current kitchen’s island is too close to the other counters for comfort, check the distance. This will give you a jumping off point for determining a distance that would make you happy.

Come in for Consultation

When you have notes on all of your preferences, a folder of your designs, and the readiness to work together, come on in for your consultation. Whether you schedule before your additional preparation, or after, is completely up to you and how much time you’ll need to refine your ideas. 

When you get here, we’ll sit down together, go over your vision, and work out the details together. When we’re sure we understand exactly what you want, we’ll get to work on the official blueprint and let you know when it’s finished. The final product will be something complete, that can be given to a construction crew and turned into a beautiful, architectural reality. Call us now to get started.

How Can You Install a Loft in Your Home?

For many of us, having a loft in our home is a long-time dream. Lofts simply have this fun, youthful feeling to them, while also being practical and attractive. However, if you’ve already bought a home and committed to it, moving somewhere else just to acquire a loft is pretty impractical. For some, it may be possible. For others, not so much. So, the question then becomes, can you install a loft in an existing home? Premier Group Contractors is happy to inform you that, yes, you can!

A Question of Difficulty

While the answer to whether you can add a loft or not is almost always yes, there comes the question of difficulty. You certainly can add a loft to any home, but some homes will take a lot more work than others. This has to do with many factors, such as the area of the home, the height, whether you have vaulted ceilings, and so on.

It goes without saying that in almost any case, this is a large enough job that it requires professional assistance. Adding a loft is not something most people should DIY, and those that should are already in the industry.

Adding to an Existing Structure

If you want to add a loft space over your living room or kitchen, it’s possible to do so without changing what’s there. Well… it’s possible under a few conditions.

  1. If you have vaulted ceilings, so as to provide enough head space above a new loft.
  2. If you have enough floor space to accommodate a new set of stairs, a spiral staircase, or a ladder.
  3. And, finally, if you don’t have windows or supports that cut into the desired, new loft space.

If these things are true for the area you plan to add a loft to, we can simply install a loft without making alterations to what’s there. This will involve our team:

  1. Creating new supports, to ensure the loft is held up adequately.
  2. Adding the loft structure, and anchoring it to the walls.
  3. Placing down flooring across the loft framework.
  4. Installing a stairway in the style of your choice.
  5. Putting up safety railings.
  6. Installing any new wiring, light fixtures, plumbing, or other features needed.

Remodeling to Accommodate

If your home is two stories but does not have vaulted ceilings, we may be able to add a loft with the removal of the ceiling. Frequently, flat ceilings are put in under an otherwise vaulted roof to provide attic space or to insulate better. These can typically be removed without too much hassle. However, we may need to add insulation to the roof, apply drywall, and more, to ensure you can still look up from your couch without cringing at an unfinished ceiling space.

Shorter homes without the height to add a loft may have one added, provided they are willing to raise the roof, quite literally. In some cases, this is possible to do with an existing roof. However, in most cases, the roof should be rebuilt to ensure it attaches to the rest of the roof properly and doesn’t lose integrity from being moved about. It goes without saying that this kind of remodel is extensive. However, if a loft is something you care a lot about, there’s no reason not to undergo the remodel to make your house more yours

Call us today at Premier Group Contractors if you’re looking to install a loft. We look forward to assisting in the process.

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