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Kitchen renovations are one of the most valuable investments for any dated home. They increase the resale desirability and value of a home because they are one of the most used, beautiful, and functional rooms that are enjoyed every day.
Before you explore a kitchen renovation, make sure you consult with an experienced general contractor like Four Elements Construction, to ensure the best health and safety outcomes for you and your family throughout the renovation process.
Asbestos can be found in many different materials used to build Edmonton and area homes in the 1990’s and earlier. Because it was light, strong, cheap and sound/fire/water resistant, it was used in ceiling tiles, flooring, drywall mud and insulation. Today, the hazardous health effects caused by asbestos dust and fibres are well documented and contemporary building materials have evolved to provide the same value using safe materials.
Asbestos only becomes a health hazard when the dust and fibres are disturbed and released into the air. Improper safety precautions during the demolition phase of kitchen renovation as well as the ongoing clean-up can create health risks during and after your renovation. It is best to get the experience and advice of a professional contractor well before you begin.
Learn more about the health risks of asbestos.
Kitchen renovations require insight into how to properly clean and disinfect as the old transforms into the new. Renovations generate a lot of dust and debris and an experienced general contractor like Four Elements will take all the precautions, including taping, installing dust shields and daily site clean-ups, to prevent dust from spreading throughout your home.
Most older homes have poor or incorrect kitchen ventilation. It is not uncommon for a stove’s hood fan to push all the hot air, grease, and fumes to the open space above the cabinets.
A proper kitchen renovation should make sure that the stove’s hood fan is connected to a sealed pipe, through the attic or directly out the wall to the outside. Failing to do this means your new kitchen becomes susceptible to moisture and humidity build-up which can lead to mold, mildew, and other health hazards. It would be better to engage a professional contractor for the renovation than it would be to have to find a professional to address a mold issue afterwards.
While most building materials today are considered safe to use, there are some approved materials that may be harmful for some people. Some flooring, countertops and paint have levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that emit an off-gas for years after installation. VOCs can also be found in adhesives and finishes. While VOCs are generally safe for most people, even low levels can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, shortness of breath, headaches, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and skin problems. Four Elements can help you choose materials that are best for you and family.
Kitchen renovations can be a big change with a big reward. Four Elements can work with you to understand your health and kitchen-function needs to make sure your kitchen is done right and safely the first time!
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