It is an exciting moment to finally move into that newly remodeled room or addition on your house. The excitement quickly fades when you discover the various damages your home sustained during the process, however. Eliminate or minimize damages by following a few tips on how to protect your home through repairs.
Protecting Your Paint and Wallpaper
Paint and wallpaper can take a beating during repairs and renovations. Dirt, grime, scuff marks, gouges and scars are bound to happen as tools and equipment come into your house and move from one room to another. Setting up some protective barriers can help eliminate these damages. Here are some quick tips for protecting these surfaces:
- Provide the most direct route to the project area to reduce wall exposure to potential damage.
- Line hallways with cardboard and cover wallpaper in the room where the work will be taking place to help block damage.
- Be sure to protect all extruding wall corners with cardboard to prevent chipping and scuffing.
- Use plastic to create dust barriers in rooms or spaces adjacent to where repairs are being performed.
- Be sure that roofing contractors “dry-in” your home whenever they’re not on site to prevent water damage from a leaking roof.
Touching up minor damage to paint is usually a pretty easy fix, so minimizing damage to painted walls is not a major concern to some homeowners. However, repairing wallpaper damage can be a little bit more extensive, so focus your attention on protecting wallpaper if you have to make a choice.
Protecting Your Finishes and Cabinets
Finishes and cabinets take in a pretty broad number of items in your home. These items include:
- Cabinets and shelving
- Doors, door casings and thresholds
- Baseboards and crown moldings
- Wainscots and chair rails
Essentially, these are those finely finished wood, marble, glass and other surfaces that accent the beauty of your home and also tend to be the most expensive to replace. They are the most vulnerable when it comes to chipping, gouging, scuffing and breaking as well. Protect all of these surfaces in the very same way. Invest in cardboard and delicate release tape in order to cover them up.
Another area of consideration, when it comes to protecting finishes and cabinets, relates to bathroom fixtures. In most cases, if you are doing a bathroom remodel or repairs in your bathroom, you will want to simply remove all the fixtures you are able to. The list of items might include faucets, handles, sinks and toilets but likely excludes the tub, which is more of a challenge to remove. Fortunately, there is an easy way to protect your tub during a renovation. You can paint the inside of your tub with a plastic coating, which easily peels away once your contractor finishes his work.
Protecting Your Landscape
Your lawn, garden and other landscape elements need protection, too. They are particularly vulnerable to equipment and foot traffic throughout the duration of the repair project. Designating a specific path by applying a thick layer of wood chips will help minimize the effects of soil compaction as well as reduce mud tracking into your home. You can add wood chips as the project progresses, which can be raked up and disposed of when it is complete. Be sure to choose wood chips over bark mulch if you choose to do this.
Along with providing a specific path across your lawn or garden during construction, be sure to check with your contractor about taking additional measures to help protect your landscaping. Roofing contractors have certain technologies or devices that they can use to protect your lawn while working. Other contractors also have equipment of their own to help protect your landscaping.
Protecting Your Floors
You obviously do not want mud and grime to be tracked in on your carpets and finished wood floors, but damage can also be done to ceramic tile, vinyl flooring and other types of floors by sharp or heavy objects. Plan the route that contractors will use for foot or equipment traffic and create a pathway that follows that route. Cover the planned pathway with temporary flooring such as:
- RAM board
- Corrugated plastic
Besides these common types, there is a wide variety of other temporary floor coverings used during construction.
In addition to covering the floor along the traffic path, you might want to cover the entire flooring surface of the room where the repairs are taking place in order to protect a floor that you intend to keep intact.
Protecting Your HVAC System
Do not overlook your HVAC system. Repairing or replacing a damaged HVAC system because you failed to protect it during a renovation project can seriously ruin your day and put a dent in your savings account. Be sure to discuss proper handling of roof penetrations and HVAC equipment installed on your roof with your roofing contractors before any sort of repairs to your roof take place. However, this is not the only area of concern when it comes to protecting your HVAC system during repairs or remodeling.
Return air ducts and air distribution registers need protection during renovations and repair as well. You can remove the registers before covering them or cover the registers with a durable material, which will prevent them from denting, gouging, scratching or other damages. You can use the same treatment you used on the floor, baseboards or walls. Before placing that durable material over your ductwork, especially return air ducts, make sure that you create a tight seal that will prevent dust, debris or chemicals from getting into and causing permanent damage to your HVAC system.
Before you rush into any repair or remodeling project, take some time to create a plan for protecting your home once the project is underway. By following these tips on how to protect your home through repairs, you can minimize or eliminate any damages to your property during the process. That way, you can move into that new room or addition without any regrets.