Avoiding Leaking and Water Damage from Snow

It’s almost that time of year and snow will soon be packed on your roof and around your home. This can cause serious property damage and it’s vital to understand how to avoid these problems.

When the snow begins to fall, many people will make a mistake with the snow falling on their house that could eventually cost them time and money or worse. The problem of snow sliding off the roof and onto the ground below.

You might not think about the snow on the roof hitting the ground too often, and even if you do, you probably just wish that it would fall to the ground already and quit weighing down your roof, or worse, do damage to it. But roofs are designed to withstand an amazing amount of snow, so that’s not the real danger. The real problem is when the snow hits the ground around your house.

You see, that snow hitting the ground creates a wall around your house and when the rain falls, it has no choice but to go towards your basement. Besides, the snow itself is wet and that water is also around your basement. Both of these contribute to damaging your basement.

One of the best solutions for this is to combine a great gutter system with a snow retention system, which works like a turret to keep snow from coming down and landing in big piles that will turn the rain and snow moisture towards your foundation and basement and make your home last longer.

If you have any water damage or basement leaks, call Hammerschlag Construction today. We offer free estimates and we’re always here to help. Call now – 416-662-9263

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Energy Saving Tips for Cool Fall Months

get-your-energy-bill-guaranteed-1387487927804Learning more about how to make your home more energy efficient during the cooler months is not only more environmentally friendly, but is also friendlier to your wallet. Here are a few simple things that you can do in order to make your home more energy efficient.

  1. Let the Sun Shine In

One of the easiest ways to help heat your home during the cooler months is to open up the curtains and let the sun help naturally provide heat for the home.

  1. Adjust the Thermostat

Try to keep your thermostat set at the lowest temperature you can stand. If you are gone for most of the day consider turning down the thermostat to a lower temperature and then turning it up when you get home. A programmable thermostat is a good investment as it can adjust the temperature during different times of the day.

  1. Seal Leaks and Cover Windows

Use plastic over your windows in order to reduce infiltration of cold air. In addition, take the time to seal any leaks that are found around pipes and other openings in the home. Add weather stripping or caulk around doors and windows to help stop cold air from coming through.

4. Ensure Your Home is Properly Insulated

Proper insulation within your home is a must during the cold months. Not only will it ensure your home stays warm but you’ll save money on your energy bills by keeping the heat locked inside your home and the cold out of it.

If you have any questions or you’re interested in saving money on your energy bills this year, call Hammerschlag Construction today – 416-662-9263

Add Value to Your Home by Renovating the Kitchen & Bathroom

If you’re thinking about renovating, you should do something that will increase the value of your home. You might think that any improvement will increase value, but that isn’t actually the case, and some renovations increase home values a lot more than others. Two of the things that you can remodel and be sure of increasing your home’s value are the kitchen and the bathroom.

Kitchen: Even if don’t plan to sell your home right now, you may change your mind later, but if not, you will have an incredible kitchen to enjoy. If you do end up selling, you’ll get more for your home. The kitchen renovations might include new cabinetry, countertops and updated appliances with the latest technology and of course, a new floor plan with the perfect layout and space, giving you room to create amazing meals.

Bathroom: The bathroom is another room that can be updated to increase a home’s value. From the tub to the sink, new fixtures can do wonders for a bathroom, and remodeling it to open up more space or to create a stylish, modern bathroom is a great way to entice buyers. Luxury fixtures like spa bathtubs or glass showers can be installed to create that perfect look and feel.

For a free estimate on all home renovations, kitchen renovations or bathroom renovations call Hammerschlag Construction today – 416-662-9263

Keep Cool, Conserve Energy & Save Money This Summer…

Keeping your Home Cool in the Summer

air conditioningWhen it comes to insulating your home, most people think that it is important for the winter months in order to keep your house warm. However, it is just as important to make sure that your home is properly insulated in order to keep your house cool during the summer months as well.

Air Sealing

One of the most cost effective ways to reduce your energy bills is to make sure that you fix any air leaks. Small gaps found in the foundation, around wall joists, near the windows, in attics, and around the baseboards let air out. This makes it more difficult to keep your home cool during the summer months as warm air will come through these gaps, which causes your air conditioner to work harder in order to keep your home cool. Sealing these leaks can save you a lot of money on heating and cooling costs each year.

Insulation

The other way to improve your heating and cooling costs is to make sure that it is fully insulated. If your home has large swings in temperatures, chances are you do not have enough insulation. Make sure that the insulation is at least up to the joists of your attic. You can simply spray in some insulation on top of what is already there.

Most basements only have partial insulation on the walls. Improving the insulation on your basement walls can cut your energy use by a great deal. Taking the time to make sure your home is properly insulated will help ensure that it remains cool during the summer and warm in the winter.

Hammerschlag Construction offers quality home services to help you keep cool and save energy costs. Call us today for a free estimate: 416-662-9263

Tips for Hiring the Right Contractor…

Choosing a Contractor: Cheap versus Quality

quality contractorWhen choosing a contractor to complete a home improvement project or any other type of building project it can become quite overwhelming. There are many different contractors from which to choose and it may seem like a good idea to simply choose the one who will provide you with the best price.

However, that is not always the case as often times a contractor who offers the best price is not always going to provide you with the quality workmanship that you need.

What to Look for When Hiring a Contractor

One of the first things that you should be aware of when choosing a contractor is a person that will provide you with a cheap price up front and then charge more once they have an appointment with the customer. Make sure that you get the quote in writing and sign a contract before any work is started.

It is important to remember that the quality of the material is important. If you choose cheap material you are going to be paying for it in the future. Choose a contractor that uses high quality products at a price that you can afford.

No matter what type of project that you have, from roofing, siding, or a remodeling project, make sure that you check references so that you know you are working with a contractor who is reputable.

Hammerschlag Construction is a company that prides itself on offering quality services that won’t break your bank account. We’re affordable without sacrificing quality craftsmanship on every project we do.

Call us today for a free estimate and quote: 416-662-9263

Your Summer List of Home Improvements

home improvementsWith summer right around the corner it’s important to go over your list of home improvements. Below we’ve outlined some of the most common home improvement needs for homeowners during the hotter months. Make sure you’re keeping your home up to date with the following service checks:

1) Roofing: A roof that’s leaky roof that’s falling apart is very common in the summer time due to the hot sticky months. It will become evident that your roofing is leaking in the spring but it’s vital to get it repaired if needed in the summer.

2) Landscaping: With warm months and backyard drinks ahead, the summer is the perfect time to shape up your backyard and get some landscape maintenance and construction done. Hammerschlag Construction offers a variety of landscaping services and has years of experience with home landscaping projects.

3) Basement Waterproofing: Basement waterproofing is becoming more and more important these days with offbeat weather patterns and the extreme heat. The constant shift of hot to cold throughout the year causes a home’s foundation to shift drastically which can lead to cracks and water issues. If you suspect any issues call us today for a free assessment.

In addition to home renovations, Hammerschlag Construction offers roofing, landscaping and basement waterproofing services for your home improvement needs. Call us today for a free estimate and we’ll be happy to help you – 416-662-9263

Tips to Consider when Remodeling Your Home in the Spring

Renovations for Spring 2015Before starting your home’s remodeling project this spring, here’s a few simple tips to focus on to get the most from your renovation.

1) Match Up Your Materials with the Neighbourhood

When remodeling your home, whether interior or exterior, make sure you match the design and remodeling materials with the local homes in your neighbourhood. Using older design & materials in a neighbourhood with newer homes will diminish the value of your home.

Ideally your new remodeling project should contain a current design and new materials that match the theme of the local homes.

2) Go with a Timeless Look

While “trendy” designs and materials are often attractive, they are soon out of date and diminish the resale value. Classic remodeling designs and looks will always increase the value of your home.

Resale value of the home is often the number 1 factor people consider when doing a home remodeling project, which ties into our next tip.

3) Look to Get the Most Value from Your Home’s Renovation

When looking to boost your homes resale value, focus on the projects that are going to bring the most return on your investment. To start, before you add in an addition or extra rooms, finish rooms or space that’s currently outdated or unfinished.

If necessary, focus on the exterior of the home first. This will depend on the current look and state of your home’s exterior but is one of the fastest ways to increase a home’s value before interior renovations.

Often times, this includes new siding, a new roof or even backyard landscape construction.

Spring is the perfect time for a new home renovation but before you get started on a renovation project, make sure you have the right remodeling company with the experience you’re looking for. Often times they’ll be able to guide you through the process and let you know what renovation and remodeling work will boost your home’s value.

Contact Hammerschlag Construction for a free consultation if you’re interested in a home renovation this spring – 416-662-9263