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Protecting you and your Home During a Renovation: What to ask for from your Contractor.

Renovations can be a stressful time within your home. Your environment is going to go through changes and be subject to new noises, people and debris. This blog is going to talk about some of the site protection considerations that you will want to have as part of the work being done in your home. Renovations are often happening within a home that is still currently being lived in. When this is the case for you, you want to make sure your contractor doesn't just treat your house as a jobsite, but that they treat your home with the same care and effort that you would. Different contractors use site protection to varying standards. In this blog, we will share the protective measures we implement, keeping your house and family safe throughout the entire renovation journey. This way when you are considering work being done in your home, you know what to ask for from your contractors.

The two main considerations for site protection is protecting the physical space of your home and the second is in protecting the health and wellbeing of your family.

Section 1: Protecting Your Home - Leave No Trace

Much like the hiking/camping mantra 'Leave No Trace' we want your home to look exactly as it had before we arrived. We have had clients go on holiday while we work in the past and our favorite comment is when they reach out and say "It's like you weren't even here". We understand that your home is a sanctuary, and we treat it with the utmost care. In order to fully protect your home during a renovation we start from the ground up.

Ram Board Floor Guard and Stair Guard are used to safeguard any of your hard floors and stairs. These are a robust and temporary floor protection solution that is fastened down with a Ram Board patented tape to ensure no lasting marking or glue left behind. For your soft or carpeted floors we use carpet shield that picks up any dirt falling down and ensures your carpets stay clean and avoid any dirty tracks through them.

After the flooring we start to make out way up and two of the other common areas that need protection are railings and corners. For this we use foam rail covers and metal corner guards. Then we ensure any painting/wall decorations are taken down and safely stored, then is necessary we cover furniture with heavy duty plastic sheets to catch any dust/dirt and protect your furniture. With this, your flooring, walls and stairways are shielded from any accidental damage during the renovation process, ensuring they remain as pristine as the day you fell in love with them.

Section 2: Protecting Your Family - A Healthy Environment

Your family's health is of utmost importance to us, and we take every possible precaution to maintain a healthy living environment during renovations.

Dust containment is a huge part of this process. Creating a dust containment area around the work space is a must do during a renovation. Using plastic sheathing with zipper or magnetic doorways prevents dust from spreading beyond the work zone, leaving the rest of your home unaffected. Our belief is that if we are wearing a mask to prevent ourselves from breathing in the dust/insulation or whatever the material might be we certainly do not want your family to be exposed to it either.

Another, less common consideration is the use of Low/No VOC Products. We believe in using environmentally-friendly products, which emit minimal to no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOC's are even smaller than the dust motes and other materials that our extensive dust containment is meant to block so since we cannot stop them from flowing around we work to use products that don't have them at all. These low VOC products contribute to better air quality, ensuring a safer and healthier environment for your family throughout the renovation process.

We also try to the best of our ability to work around your schedule, If you have a vacation planned and want work done while you are gone, we work to make that attainable for you. If you are living in the work space we will work around your schedule and ensure a quality clean up at the end of each work day.

Protecting your home is about more than just the physical space but also the health and wellbeing of your loved ones that occupy that space.

At Borle Bros. Contracting Corp., we approach each renovation with a sincere commitment to protecting your home and family. Our comprehensive site protection measures, should be what you look for from your contractors and they form the foundation of our considerate and caring approach. By requiring these from your contractor, you can rest assured that your home will be treated with the utmost respect, and your family's well-being will be prioritized at every step.

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