Category: General Contracting

Category: General Contracting

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.

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.

The Benefits of Adding Interior Walls to a Stone House

If you own a stone or brick house, you may never have considered the possibility of adding interior walls. In truth, many wouldn’t even consider it, knowing the benefits. Brick and stone walls are incredibly beautiful to look out. However, they do have some drawbacks, and Premier Group Contractors wants to tell you a bit about them. So, why should you consider adding interior walls to your stone house?

Insulation

The first and most important reason to consider adding interior walls to your stone house is the matter of insulation. Raw stone and brick do a very poor job of insulating. As a matter of fact, clay – as in bricks – is porous. Yes, even when fired. That makes brick a very poor material to have as your only barrier from the elements. While it looks absolutely delightful, it’s not doing you a service.

With modern brick houses, the building is made with two layers of brick with a gap between them. This is superior to a single-layer brick wall for many reasons. This gap can be filled with spray foam insulation to improve interior temperature regulation. However, some older brick houses don’t have the same double-layer. While these houses use other means to improve weight-bearing, these solutions don’t improve the insulation issue.

To improve insulation, you can coat brick or stone walls with damp proofing and build an interior wall. The interior wall involves building a wooden frame that lines the stone or brick and then adding insulation and drywall. This massively improved insulation and also gives you a new inner wall.

Interior Temperature Regulation

One of the primary reasons to consider adding interior walls is to help regulate the temperature of your home interior. No one likes being freezing cold in winter or overheated in summer. Having poorly insulated walls is going to guarantee temperature issues during less than ideal weather.

Plus, when you have bad temperature regulation in your home, it costs you big time. That brings us to the second reason why you should consider adding interior walls to your stone or brick home. You can save money on electric or gas, which can get expensive when trying to keep up with bad insulation. Stop running your heater nonstop throughout the winter. Instead, give your heater a house that can actually keep all of its hard work within its walls, rather than leeching out into the environment.

More Customizable

While it’s somewhat of a side convenience, adding interior walls does make your home more customizable. While you have to say goodbye to the exposed brick, you can say hello to painting, wallpaper, molding, and easier mounting. Being able to easily nail or screw things into your wall makes decorating ten times easier. So, with your new interior walls, mount your TV or hang a painting, all while staying at a comfortable temperature. Premier Group Contractors is happy to help.

How to Remove Crown Molding from Your Walls

Tired of the crown molding in your house? Want it removed temporarily to paint? Either way, the process is much the same. Although, if you plan to remove it permanently, you may not need to be quite as careful as if you plan to put it back later. To remove crown molding from your walls, just follow these simple steps. While time consuming, it’s fairly easy.

Save Your Wall

The first step is to ensure your wall doesn’t get damaged in the process of removing the molding. Use a utility knife to cut the paint that’s long-since dried between the molding and wall. You’ll want to cut right along the edge of the molding to effectively separate the two.

By separating the molding from the paint on the wall, not only will you avoid the paint pealing or tearing, you’ll also keep it from putting unnecessary strain on old dry wall as it pulls. If you’re hoping to save your molding, you’ll also want to cut the paint between molding pieces where they attach at the corners.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

The next step is going to involve a firm, metal putty knife. These tools are thin enough to get into tight spaces while still strong enough to act as weak crowbars. Begin at one end of a piece of molding. Place the corner of your putty knife against the seam between molding and wall and attempt to shove it in between the two. If you have difficulty, try tapping the handle of the putty knife with a hammer. The extra force may be all it needs to separate the two.

After getting your putty knife between the molding and wall, it’s time to begin prying the molding away from the wall. If you have no interest in saving the molding, this doesn’t have to be a delicate task. As a matter of fact, you can quickly replace your putty knife with an actual crowbar, which will more quickly pull the molding away. Although, it is also more likely to split the molding into small pieces, which is why you should only take this speedy route if you intend to throw the molding away.

Save Your Molding

If you’re more interested in saving your molding to put back on after a paint job, you’ll want to go much slower. In order to avoid bending the molding to a breaking point, you’ll begin at one end, prying the molding only about 1/8th of an inch from the wall before moving further down. Gently pry all the way down the molding, making an even amount of progress before returning to the beginning.

As you get more space between your molding and the wall, you can switch to a straight-edged crowbar. Just remember, you still need to be careful to avoid splitting the wood of the molding. When the molding is fairly loose, but still secured by nails, you’ll have to use a bit more force to pull it away from the wall. Finally, the molding should be removed. Repeat this process on any remaining walls where you want to remove crown molding.

Get Professional Assistance

Don’t want to spend hours to remove crown molding from your walls? Don’t fret; that’s exactly what Premier Group Contractors is here for. We do this kind of thing all the time, and are happy to do it for you as well. Give us a call if you need some help to remove crown molding from your walls and we’ll let you know when we’re free to help.

Replace Damaged Flooring As Soon As Possible

Did you know you need to replace damaged flooring as soon as you can? There are a lot of reasons why damaged flooring needs to be tended to early, and we’ve put some of them together. Premier Group Contractors is dedicated to serving Toronto, and today, that means ensuring you’re safe and saving as much money as possible regarding flooring integrity. Here’s what you need to know:

Types of Flooring Damage

There are a lot of different ways that flooring can get damaged. Each one comes with its own challenges. Some common types of flooring damage are:

  • Cracks, cuts, or holes in linoleum, vinyl, or other sheet flooring
  • Broken floorboards
  • Water damage
  • Moisture damage
  • Broken tiles

Long-Term Effects

These types of flooring damage can have some long-term effects that are even worse than the damage you see on the face of it. Let’s take a moment to see what those effects are.

Spreading Damage

When you have damaged linoleum, vinyl, or other sheet flooring, it can actually lead to worse damage. While breaks in sheet flooring is unlikely to cause any harm if all you ever do is sweep, most people mop these floors somewhat regularly, as they’re commonly installed in kitchens and bathrooms. Mopping sheet flooring with holes in it can lead to water getting under the sheeting. This water can soak into floorboards or collect between the floorboards and sheeting. One little hole turns into a whole new can of worms.

Mold

Water and moisture damage on hardwood flooring and carpet is a great way to begin having mold problems. 

If the water damage on your hardwood has broken through the sealant, the boards may have soaked up the water and begun to grow mold. If this are of the floor frequently has water on it, this issue will only get worse. Mopping over it, tracking in water from shoes, or frequent spills in this area can lead to worsening mold that may spread under the flooring until the entire floor is damaged outside of view. Then, to replace damaged flooring, you have to do a lot more than fix a few boards.

If your carpet frequently gets wet, it can also begin developing mold. It may be out of sight, growing in the padding beneath the carpet, or even on the subfloor. If this happens, the mold will spread as far as it can. If you see any discoloration in your carpet where there is frequently water spilled or tracked in, it might be worth pulling up a corner of the carpet to check the state of things underneath.

Structural Damage

When flooding or water damage happens, it can actually do structural damage. The water damage will weaken flooring and structural supports. Your floor is, then, much more likely to break or cause supports to cave. A few months after a flood, be sure to have a professional visit your home to check your floors. They can make sure the structure isn’t damaged nor developing any problems.

Professional Flooring Replacement

When you’re ready to replace damaged flooring, give us a call at Premier Group Contractors. We’ll be sure to fix your flooring as soon as possible, mitigating any spreading effect and ensuring your home is safe at all times.

Drywall Repair Contractors Near You

Ending up with damaged drywall can be a huge pain. For small nicks, dents, and holes, a little bit of joint compound is enough to do the trick. However, what’s the solution for a larger hole? A hole the size of your fist can be repaired at home, if you’re willing to spend a few hours getting all of your tools together and working on it. But, if you don’t want to waste the time, or the damage you’re dealing with is a bit more extensive, hiring a professional is the way to go. Premier Group Contractors are happy to help and are the best drywall repair contractors in the Toronto area.

Drywall Damage

There are all kinds of drywall damage that can require repair. Knowing what kind of damage needs repair is the first step to hiring someone. After all, we need to come prepared.

Holes

Getting a hole in your wall can happen to anyone. All you need is for something, or someone, to fall against it. Any point in the drywall where there’s suddenly a lot of impact is liable to cave in. Fixing this kind of hole can be complicated, especially if it’s more than a few inches wide.

Cracks & Breaks

Getting some hairline cracks in your drywall is actually pretty easy to fix, cosmetically. Breaks where the drywall has completely split are harder to fix cosmetically. The part where things get tricky is asking yourself, “Why is my drywall getting cracks in it?”
If your drywall is cracking or breaking, there’s a good chance it’s due to structural damage. The floor above it or the roof may be bowing and pressing against it more than it should. Or, the foundation may be shifting, causing the pressure to shift into weird places on the drywall, leading to damage. In either case, having a member of Premier Group Contractors come out to assess the damage can save you from a lot of trouble and expense in the future.

Water Damage & Mold

If you’ve recently had flooding, your drywall may have been heavily impacted by it. Flooding can lead to all kinds of damage with drywall, such as crumbling or cracking from extensive water damage or even mold issues. In either case, large portions of your drywall may need to be replaced in order to repair the walls. This work, especially if it involves mold, needs to be done by a professional.

Drywall Repair Contractors in Toronto

Premier Group Contractors is proud to serve the entire Toronto area. We have many years of experience doing renovations, remodels, and one-off contracting work as well. That makes us experienced and adept at repairing and replacing drywall. If you need drywall repair contractors to check out your home, give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you get things back to normal.

Have a Fireplace Installed in Time for the Holidays

Fireplaces are a known centerpiece for holiday-related festivities. If this year could use anything, it’s some additional holiday cheer. For many people, a fireplace, where there wasn’t one before, can be exactly the thing they need. So, if you’ve been planning to have a fireplace installed, why not do it now, in time for the holidays?

Beat the Weather

While, normally, it’s already begun to snow this time of year, the change in climate has given us a bit more time before snowfall. Construction of any kind is best done when it’s not as cold and wet. So, before the snow really starts coming down, use this opportunity to get your new fireplace installed. If you beat the snow, you can enjoy the benefits of a warm fire this winter, instead of waiting until next year.

Holiday Benefits

Because the fireplace is so central to so many holiday activities, there are some specific benefits to having one built before winter. Families can gather around the fire for holiday stories. The stockings can be hung from the mantel. As we all know, Santa Claus needs a fireplace to deliver gifts to the kids. Mantels are also a great place to put a menorah. You can even include a runner or other such decorations to help your seasonal affects stand out.

If holiday perks aren’t enough, consider the practical and aesthetic benefits. There really is nothing quite like sitting by a fireplace when it’s cold out. There’s a warm place for the kids to play or read. You don’t have to pay as much in electricity to heat your home. Plus, fireplaces just look really nice. No matter who you are, there’s a design style you’ll love for your home fireplace.

Design Choices

When you think fireplace, you might be thinking of one of those big, square, traditional ones made with brick. The fact is, if that’s not your cup of hot cocoa, there are a million other styles to choose from. When you hire Premier Group Contractors to have a fireplace installed, you don’t have to have one built from stone. If you don’t have anything in mind, consider these three possibilities:

Gas and Electric Fireplaces

There are a number of gas and electric fireplaces in varying designs. However, for some people, buying a plug-in fireplace is very unappealing. The good news is, you don’t have to! Gas and electric fireplaces can be installed inside a constructed mantel and mounted inside the wall. These types of fireplaces  will not have a cord coming out the back and feel a lot less like a glorified heater. Plus, gas fireplaces offer a real flame without needing electricity to function. They can also have certain types of stones layered in the bottom for a very cool visual effect.

Wood Stoves

Not all fireplaces are built into the wall. Some people prefer wood stoves instead. Wood stoves are typically made of metal and stand separate from the wall. They have an exhaust pipe that leads out of the house, in place of a chimney. The only concern with wood stoves is that they are hot on all sides and should be used with caution if there are children or pets in the house.

These stoves come in all kinds of designs. You can get old fashioned ones made of iron, with a flat top to put a kettle or pot on. Or, you can opt for one with more color and a unique shape.

Hire Premier

It doesn’t matter what kind of fireplace you feel a connection with; Premier Group Contractors can help you get it put in before the holidays. Give us a call if you’re looking to have a fireplace installed asap.

How to Tell If You Need New Insulation in Your Home

Occasionally, there comes a situation where one will need new insulation in their home. If you’re not sure if this applies to you, let’s take a look at how to find out if it does. If the answer is yes, You can rely on Premier Group Contractors to help you with new insulation installation.

Signs You Might Need New Insulation

Of the reasons you might be looking into new insulation, the most likely is that your home is not regulating temperature very well. If your heater has to be running nonstop in the winter to keep the house warm, you might have insulation problems. The same can be said for if you need to run the air conditioner or fan all summer to keep cool.

While these signs might point toward a problem with insulating, we have to take a closer look at what’s already there before we can tell if that’s the root of the problem.

Do I Have Insulation?

The first question we need to answer is whether or not your home is insulated already.

If you can say yes to any of these questions, you probably already have insulation:

  • Was your house built by a professional construction team?
  • When you go into the attic, is there a layer of fluff coating the area outside the storage zone?
  • Do you have siding on the outer walls and drywall on the inner walls?

If you can say yes to any of these questions, you probably don’t have any:

  • Is your home a log cabin with the logs visible from the inside?
  • Is your home made of stone or bricks that are visible from the inside?
  • Can you see the wooden supports of your walls from the inside?

Insulating Stone Houses and Cabins

If your home has walls made of stone or logs, you might be wondering how you can have it insulated. Having walls that are only stone or only logs provides really bad insulation. The cold and heat can get right through, since there’s nothing holding it off. So, how can you fix this?

The short answer is, you’ll have to have interior walls built. This process involves putting in support beams along the inside of the existing walls, filling the frame with new insulation, and then attaching drywall to said frame. This is a pretty invasive process and will take away a small amount of your interior space on all sides. However, it will save you money and stress when your temperature is better regulated.

Is My Insulation Damaged?

If you’re reasonably sure that you do have insulation, but you’re still having trouble with temperature regulation, the next step is figuring out of there’s something wrong with it. This is something you will need professional help with. Having one of our professionals visit your home to check it out is the first step.

While at your house, our team will check for these common types of insulation damage:

  • Collapse. This is when insulation gets damp and collapses within the wall, leaving the rest of the space uninsulated.
  • Pests. If your home has pests, they can sometimes eat, move, or cause insulation to collapse.
  • Other damage. If there is anything causing your insulation to fail in its job to keep your home insulated, we’ll let you know.

Give us a call if you need the state of your home’s insulation inspected or if you need new installed from scratch. We look forward to hearing from you.

Replace Old Windows Throughout the House

There are a lot of reasons to update your windows. While some newer houses really don’t need the windows replaced, if your home is older than 20 years and still has the original windows, you might want to consider new ones. Here are some reasons to replace old windows and how you can benefit from doing so.

Condensation

If your windows seem to gather a lot of moisture on their panes, or ‘sweat’, you may have a condensation problem. Windows that condensate are not doing their job. When quality windows are made, they’re made with two panes. These panes have a gap between them. That gap is filled with a clear gas that’s heavier than air and helps insulate your windows.

Windows that are single-pane or that are old enough to have leaked out their insulating gases, will not have this insulating ability. This leads to condensation collecting. The same way your cold glass of water will gather moisture from the hot air, the warm interior side of your window will collect moisture against the cold outside weather. This wouldn’t be such a problem if condensation didn’t run down the window and collect on the sill or the window track. Collected condensation can lead to rotting of the windowsill and mold. It’s time to replace old windows if they’re collecting water and leading to mold growth.

Insulation

Do you remember that insulating gas we mentioned? Those gases are a very important part of what makes quality windows quality. If your windows are more than 20 years old, there’s a very high likelihood that they no longer have these gases. That means your windows are not insulated properly. 

Uninsulated windows are a huge weak point in your home’s temperature regulation. On hot days, your windows will leak in heat. On cold days, your windows will leak in cold. Getting old, uninsulated windows replaced will replenish the barrier you have between your home’s temperature and the outside temperature. Do you know what that means? You save money!

If your windows aren’t insulating the way they should be, you’re paying a lot more money to heat or cool your house. The heat or AC you pay for, getting your home to just the right temperature, is literally going right out the window if your windows are outdated.

Professional Window Replacement

If you live in Toronto and you need your windows replaced, Premier Group Contractors is the perfect team for you. Our team has specialists for all kinds of contracting work – including window replacements. So, when you need to replace old windows, give us a call. We’re more than happy to send our qualified crew to help.

Plus, we don’t just do window replacements. We also do remodels and renovations. So, if you want the size of your windows altered, we can get that done right too. We look forward to hearing from you.

What Kind of Kitchen Flooring is Best for You?

Planning a kitchen remodel? Or, maybe your kitchen flooring is just really worn out? No matter what the case, if you need new kitchen flooring, you’ve come to the right place. Premier Group Contractors has flooring experts ready to make your kitchen floors as beautiful as you’ve always wished they could be. But, before you call us up, let’s help you figure out what kind of flooring is best for your kitchen.

Linoleum

If you’re considering linoleum for your kitchen floors, you should know a few things about it first. The first thing you need to know is that there’s a chance you have linoleum mixed up with vinyl. A lot of people use linoleum as a catch-all term for synthetic flooring that goes on in sheets. However, linoleum and vinyl are very different flooring types.

Linoleum is a pretty thin flooring that is cut to shape just like vinyl or carpeting. However, it differs from vinyl in that it’s pretty hard to the touch. There’s not much cushion in it. Instead of denting or tearing from damage like vinyl might, it’s more likely to split or get deep scratches in it.

This flooring is cheap and fairly simple to replace as a whole but it doesn’t come with a simple repair solution and it doesn’t last many years in a kitchen without sustaining unsightly damage.

Vinyl

Vinyl, on the other hand, is made with multiple layers of differing materials. They each serve a different purpose. These multiple layers allow for some more cushion when walking across your kitchen floor.

Vinyl can come in multiple forms. There’s sheet vinyl, which is cut to shape like linoleum or carpeting, and there are vinyl tiles. The most popular of these tiles are luxury vinyl tiles, or LVT. LVT are a lot thicker than sheet vinyl and are comparable to laminate flooring. They’re typically high quality, thick, durable, and look beautiful.

LVT come in both tile and plank shapes. This allows you the choice between LVT that mimics tiling and LVT that mimics wood flooring. That’s not all, though! The plank shape can even come in different wood grain textures to make your kitchen feel even more luxurious.

One of the benefits of LVT is that, while it’s not cheap to replace the entire floor, you can replace one rile or plank at a time. Any damage your kitchen floor acquires can be repaired easily with a spare piece.

Hardwood

Hardwood flooring is a timeless classic, both inside and outside of the kitchen. If you’re a fan of hardwood, it’s no doubt on your list of flooring types to consider for your kitchen remodel. However, does hardwood really make the best kitchen flooring?

While hardwood looks stunning just about anywhere you put it, using it in the kitchen comes with a number of expensive risks. For one, it’s very easy for hardwood to retain water damage when used in the kitchen. Plus, you can’t use harsh chemicals to clean hardwood flooring, so if you cook a lot of grease-producing foods, your floors might be hard to  get adequately clean without damaging the wood.

Hire Premier

No matter what flooring type you settle on, our team of experts is here to help. Give us a call when you’re ready to do your kitchen remodel and we’ll give you the quality results you deserve.

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