Exterior Renovations and Exterior Inspections
For many people, their home is the largest investment they’ll ever make. In addition to the fiscal matters that make it so valuable, the home can also be a place where you can find sanctuary at the end of each day to help unwind and find peace. Some homeowners are unaware that every home repair project starts from the roof, it is inefficient and ineffective to remodel a bathroom or repaint the building if you haven't checked the health of the roof above, moisture finds its way downward and causes dry rot, structural damage and mold. Avoid unpleasant surprises and don't put off water damage causing repairs until better time. Inspect your building's roof and exterior on a yearly basis to make sure you have a healthy roof and weatherproofed exterior. Contact us and let us know how we can help you today live better and safer tomorrow. Eco Smart provides roofing and exterior inspections in San Francisco and Bay Area as well as roofing and exterior repairs, adjustments and replacements.
The first thing most customers have to think of in a remodeling project are the walls on the outside of the home. Even the highest quality wall treatments and framing materials which are the bones of the building tend to require repairs and periodic renovations after a decade or two of exposure to the elements like wind, rain and daily heat cycles. Inspect your building's exterior and get the feel of what your priorities are prior to budgeting a remodel. We suggest you contact our team of professionals to inspect your building's exterior and guide you through the choices at your disposal. Eco Smart has extensive experience repairing and rebuilding structural walls of the buildings in San Francisco, we can help you every step of the way.
Many homeowners ask which is the better option for their external remodel: paint over existing finishes or installation of new siding? There are different aspects to consider in this comparison. On one hand, there are many options for external paint that can give you the look you want for your home, but paint jobs are only as good as the finish material they are applied over, inspect your exterior finishes to determine the true condition of the finishes and structural framing underneath. In cases where structural damage to framing is minimal or non-existent but finishes are no longer sealable or paintable you may choose to install new siding over existing exterior wall finishes. Choosing Fiber Cement Siding, IPE Paneling or Aluminum Siding Systems can be a good call as it will outlast paint by decades, but requires far more labor for installation and may not fit the personality of your desired home. Therefore, it’s important to decide which timeframe and style best meets your goals. Let us know if Eco Smart can help you decide if siding is the right option for you.
Evaluation of your existing stucco configuration and determination of it's true condition is extremely important when considering restoration of the existing stucco finish versus complete rebuild. Many older stucco finishes are installed with lack of waterproofing membrane (house wrap) underneath, if your stucco is severely cracked and damaged with no proper underlayment, it may make sense to rip off all existing finishes and installation of new system with proper waterproofing, inspect your stucco finish and discover the truth about your current exterior wall finish. Stucco can be a useful option for new exterior remodels and renovations that you may want to consider. Stucco is a relatively inexpensive and easy way to renovate your walls and create a unique look for your home. In addition to this exterior cement finish, you can consider adding stones, which may create a more appealing style and last a longer duration, though it requires more work at the time of installation. Eco Smart deals with stucco repairs and new stucco installations on the regular, any stucco related question you may have - we have the answer.
PACM translates to Presumed Asbestos Containing Material, many exterior finishes in San Francisco and Bay Area are finished in what appears to be concrete siding or concrete shingles. If you suspect that your exterior finishes may be Asbestos Containing, it is important to get them tested prior to removing, disturbing or damaging. Disturbed Asbestos is a very serious issue and it is important to have PACM professionally checked out as a first step in planning your exterior project. Contact Bay Area Home Inspections for more information on Asbestos Testing here. Read blogs dedicated to asbestos testing here. Eco Smart performs project related Asbestos testing on regular basis, we can help.
For all exterior renovation projects it's important to know the condition of your windows. Windows are the source of joy and light but for many clients they are also the source of leaks that cause serious structural damage. Inspecting your windows and your existing window installation and determining if your windows are repairable or replaceable is the key to success in an exterior renovation project. In many cases updating the windows to a more modern and smarter system can be a very simple project with a big payoff and it's probably an essential step in enhancing the look and feel of your home. Keeping your windows modern and energy efficient are also very ecologically smart considerations. Eco Smart can help you determine the existing condition of your windows as a part of our initial inspection and help you decide on the type of new window system that may be right for you, sign up for our Exterior Envelope Inspection here and be in the know.
Sealing and Paint
Many houses that have not been regularly maintained develop issues that let moisture into structural framing due to end of expected service life or other issues that are caused by use of low grade paints, lack of primer or improper installation while exterior finishes hold excessive amounts of moisture. It is important to inspect your building's exterior and determine the true condition of your sealant at connections as well as condition of the paint layers you currently have installed. Eco Smart uses only the high end Aura brand Benjamin Moore Paint and we only use premium Benjamin Moore primer at the time we refurbish your house's exterior. It's very important to understand the acceptable moisture levels prior to priming and painting and its very important to choose the correct sealant for connections and repairs. Let us help you repair your house in the way that lasts a lifetime as we are the company that is obsessed with quality.
Some homeowners are unaware that every exterior renovation and repair project starts from the roof, it is inefficient and ineffective to remodel a bathroom or repaint the building if you haven't checked the health of the roofing system above, moisture finds its way downward and causes dry rot, structural damage and mold. Roof is very easy to avoid, based on our experience, there are only few homeowners that made it a habit to regularly check their roof for maintenance, many roofs develop clogs and damage due to lack of inspections and preventative maintenance. Avoid unpleasant surprises and don't put off water-damage-causing repairs until better time. Inspect your building's roof on a yearly basis to make sure you have a healthy covering that protects your exterior and interior surfaces. Contact us and let us know how we can help you today live better and safer tomorrow. Eco Smart provides roofing and exterior inspections in San Francisco and Bay Area as well as roofing and exterior repairs, adjustments and replacements.
No matter what your plans are, remember that we’re always ready to help. Our extensive experience in exterior model projects makes us the perfect partner to you when you decide to pursue your dream exterior. Call us today to get started now!