When renovating a home, it seems like the laundry list of the things you need to do is endless. The decorations list and the interior design list, seem to be the longest. Yet, the most important list of all isn’t that long at all. The crucial list is what we’re talking about. This will cover the things that will make the skeleton of the home that much stronger. Firstly, the strength of the beams and support structures, i.e. staircase, ceiling, floor, etc. Then we cover the need for insulation and also the roof. That’s it, just three simple things.
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Make sure that you replace any floorboards that are rotting, bending or just groaning. Groans in floorboards are not a bad sign but they are a sign of age. So you should consider replacing a floorboard or a floor beam that is making too much noise when you step over it.
Next, you need to ask if the walls are as they need to be? Replace any beams that have suffered leak damage, or have mold growing on them. You should just replace any wall studs if they are bending, and show signs of excessive wear such as cracks.
The same goes for the ceiling. Any bending, creaking or warping beams need to be replaced as soon as possible. It’s a good idea to hire an expert to look at the structure after it has been stripped. They can inspect the walls, floor, ceilings, etc.
The energy consumption of a household is front and center in the topics of importance for home buyers. They want to save as much on energy and fuel bills and hence older methods for insulation are being avoided. Instead, you should talk to a spray foam supplier that can use modern materials to put layers and layers of insulation on top of one another instead of one layer between the walls. The foam is lightweight yet it dramatically slows down the heat loss of a home. It creates a seamless barrier that, unlike conventional salutation, doesn’t have gaps and holes that occur over time and has a much better fightback against water. So even if there is a water pipe leak in the walls or ceiling, the closed-cell foam will not absorb the water.
No renovation project is complete without a full roof inspection and or repair. The roof is an incredibly strong and complex part of the home and any issues that affect the roof will affect the rest of the home. Replacing the tiles is of course the common fix, but make sure the roof beams are also performing well. Add additional support beams if you need to, or replace those that are in place. The underlayer is also something to consider replacing. This is the flat layer of material that the tiles sit on.
These three renovating things should be the first you attend to. The home needs to be strong, leak-proof, and prevent as much heat loss as possible.