Wood Rot Dallas

Dealing With Wood Rot – How To Fix It And What To Expect

Having rotten wood in the structures of your home can inevitably lead to severe damage and completely destroy your house’s foundation. And unfortunately, there’s only so much you can do to prevent it. Wood rot can occur for any reason- heat, moisture, fungi, and even your pets can contribute to an untimely disaster.

On top of that, wood rot is extremely difficult to discover and it can go unnoticed for a very long time. When damage happens to our homes it’s usually very easy to spot what’s wrong, such as water damage or a fire that turned the inside of your home into a mess. Unless you go looking for wood rot, you won’t find it. If you suspect wood rot, fortunately, our professional team can come check for it. And if you do have wood rot, we can easily handle this stressful time for you and get you back in your home safe and comfortable.

What causes wood rot?

Like previously mentioned, your home can fall victim to wood rot for many reasons- all it needs is some time and contributing factors such as moisture. When moisture is retained in the wood, fungi grows and can spread at an alarming rate. And unfortunately, almost everywhere in your home is susceptible to this process because water can collect in so many places- window sills, underneath sinks, outside of any door, by the showers, on your roof, etc. When this moisture builds up over time, the chances for wood rot increases. 

You found out you have wood rot, how is it fixed?

The process of repairing and replacing rotten wood can be a relatively cheap process, so you don’t have to worry too much about breaking your savings account to life safely. Most wood rot repairs cost less that $1000, but prices usually range between $100-$2500. The first step is to have our team do a walk-through of your home and find the damaged wood. This search will be very thorough and every area that is destroyed from rot will be discovered in order to prevent further spreading.

The process can be lengthy if the wood rot is very prominent, but our experts dedicate their time to repairing or completely replacing the wood that has been eaten away by mold and the process will prevent your home from potentially being damaged beyond repair.

How can wood rot be prevented now that you have a brand new and mold-free structure?

Wood rot is a phenomenon that happens naturally over time, and even more so in places that are very humid and wet. Wood is the main backbone of almost every house, so it can be tricky to make sure it stays away. However, there are a few ways to prevent it no matter what climate you live in and how old your house is.

There is no way for you to remove fungus spores, but you can prevent them from happening by:

  • Draining and drying wet areas: Mold thrives with moisture, and all it takes to lower the chances of wood rot developing is by keeping places dry that accumulate water regularly.
  • Treating the wood: Products applied to wood such as paint, sealers, stains, and caulking can prevent wood from developing fungi. This is something that may have been overlooked when your house was being built.
  • Increase the airflow: The best way to remove moisture that develops both quickly or over time is to keep the air in your home moving.

Stucco- What is it and why is it popular?

 If you’re not from the dry heat and blistering sunshiny states of the Southwest, the word stucco may be foreign to you. However, you might want to consider learning about it because it is is an excellent choice for the exterior of your house. It is a good price for all its amazing benefits, very sturdy, and aesthetically pleasing. Stucco is one of our specialties and below I will outline the main reasons why stucco is always a popular choice.

First, what is stucco?

Stucco is a type of fine plaster that is used to coat wall surfaces or mold it into architectural decoration. It is used as an exterior (and sometimes interior) cement plaster and is generally made with a mixture of cement, lime, water, and sometimes synthetic acrylics and fibers. The natural colors can range from beige to a muddy light brown and can even have a rustic copper tone. It’s a very popular look all over the country but it’s seen the most in the West and Southwest.

So, why is it so great?

Many reasons. Stucco is cost-effective, fungus and rot resistant, and is so durable that it is considered tornado-proof. It is usually applied in three layers over a lath base and can give the exterior of your home look unique. It is also very low-maintenance and fire resistant.

What are some other advantages?

Let me just start by saying, we all can’t stand loud neighbors. And if you are that loud neighbor, you might be noticing people adding stucco on the houses around you. This is because stucco reduces sound transmission. This is also a great bonus if you are in a neighborhood that’s close to a freeway or railroad.

The cement, silica, and lime that stucco consists of basically creates a shell around your home which leads us to our next advantage- stucco housing will keep your house warm and cozy in the winter and chilled in the summer. Therefore, you will save a lot of money on electricity during any climate change.

Stucco is also very quick and easy to install, and even though there are multiple layers it can take as little as one or two days for our excellent team to get it installed. On top of that, it is customizable. It can be applied to both wood and concrete buildings and you can adjust the color to your own taste. If you decide that you want to change the exterior color in the future it’s a simple task. It’s also a great base for those who are artsy and want to create something original for their home like a wall mural.

There’s got to be disadvantages, right?

The only true disadvantage of stucco is the price tag it comes with. While it’s not the most pricy of exterior projects, it is more expensive than vinyl siding or cement fiber. But before you change your mind, let me mention that stucco exterior can last a whopping 50 years or more. It is also very low maintenance, so in all reality, stucco ends up paying fot itself.

Final thoughts

It might be on the pricier end (even though it isn’t as expensive as other options) but it is on the extremely durable end, so it ends up paying for itself. It is long-lasting, fire and weather resistant, and customizable. There are many excellent reasons to consider installing stucco and making it your next big home improvement.

Dallas Roofers

Why You May Need A New Roof- 3 Warning Signs

Budgeting a new roof in your life can make you feel uneasy for many reasons. You might be worried about the total price, or you might be worried about who you should hire to get the job done efficiently. Roofing is something that needs to be maintained over the years- natural disasters and wear and tear do happen. Is it time to repair your current roof or install a new roof? Read on to learn the warning signs of a faulty roof, it will potentially save you thousands of dollars in damage.

1. Your Shingles Are Distressed And Curling

This is something you can very easily check simply by looking. If you can see the shingles on top of your roof looking ragged and curling at the ends it is time to get new shingles installed. This is one of the first warning signs of a faulty roof that will quickly lead to leaks and further damage if you don’t replace them.

2. Missing Granules- Check Your Gutters

If you can’t see what your shingles look like, check your gutters. One of the quickest signs of a defective roof is seeing particles of the shingles in your gutter. Granules from shingles are commonly expelled through the gutter, and shingles lose more granules as they are nearing the end of their life.

3. It’s All About Age

Consider yourself lucky if you already know how old your roof is and the last time it was repaired. When you know these details, you can start planning for a new roof ahead of time before an accident happens. Experts suggest that the typical roof has a healthy life of about 20-25 years. Also, it depends on if your current roof is one layer or if it was built over an old roof. If your roof has more than one layer and is over 20 years old, it’s definitely time for a replacement.

Cosmetics

A new roof for you may not be a “need” and it may be more of a “want”. Many people want a new roof installed strictly for cosmetic purposes, and there is nothing wrong with adjusting things to make it more your taste. It is completely possible to tear down your current roof and install something more aesthetically pleasing.

Final Thoughts

There are noticeable signs that you need new roofing installed or some simple repairs taken care of. The roof is easily the most important part of the house- sheltering you from weather and disasters. Observing signs of a potentially dangerous roof disaster is very important and you can take preventative measures to avoid further damage to your home than can end up costing much more than a roof installation.

The Power of a Remodeled Closet- What to Expect 

A closet is such a pivotal part of any room, whether it’s a sanctuary for your clothes and accessories or a catch-all for coats and supplies and shoes.

So, you just stumbled across your dream home and it’s perfect in every way, but there’s a problem. The master bedroom closet is the size of your shower spruced up with creaky sliding doors and one long wooden pole that will hang maybe ten shirts at best.

What now? Fortunately, you don’t have to pass up your perfect place because the closet is the size of a shoe box. In fact, it is so cost efficient to remodel your closet and it will boost the value of your home if you ever decide to sell. Tearing down an old and sad closet and adding your dream walk-in closet with shelves and space is a relatively quick process compared to other room remodels and you don’t have to break your budget- simple fixes can be as little as $500 and luxury walk-in spaces with a ton of room average around only $2000.

Whether you have a big family or you’re by yourself, you can never have too much closet space. Let’s take a look closer at the closet remodeling process and what you should consider.

Step 1: Remodeling Consultation

If you have decided that you’re ready to make this change in your home, the first step after you call will be a consultation. During this step, designers will come to your home at no cost to help you determine a doable size based on the area all while absorbing details that you are striving for. We will match you with some excellent options for maximizing both small and large spaces and will ask you questions about how much space you will need for short items, long items, and other accessories.

After this is complete, we will take measurements and give you an estimated quote.

2. Design & Production

One of the most important aspects of this process is making sure you are completely satisfied with the layout before diving into the production. Once we have formulated your custom design, you will see the incredible features and how it will look before, during, and after the remodeling process. At this time you will determine if you want to add, change, or tweak anything in the layout before we begin.

Once everything is set in stone, the production process will begin. This usually only takes 2-3 weeks and this will give you plenty of time to paint the inside or further customize it before your closet system is put in place. After we have created your personalized shelving and organization system.

3. Remodeling & Installation

It’s finally time to tear down that worn out closet and build a home for your clothes and possessions. This process may take 1-2 weeks depending on the size we’ve determined. Before this process begins make sure to remove all of your items out of the closet, and from there, simply sit back and relax.

We will gladly answer all questions and concerns during the remodel and when we are finished the work space will be completely cleaned and polished up. As soon as we are done your brand new and beautiful walk-in closet will be ready to be organized and all your belongings will have their own space.

Are You Ready?

A remodeled closet (from a tiny space to walk-in size) can enhance your home and save you a lot of time in those rushed mornings.

At an average price of only $2,000 you will not only be making your life easier, but you will also be adding up to $6,000 to the value of your home. It’s an excellent deal in today’s market and one of the most affordable spaces to remodel. It’s okay to start small!

Fire Restoration: Everything You Need to Know

Fire restoration can be a short process or a long process, all depending on what damage was done. With proper fire restoration experts, it’ll look like a fire never happened and you will be comfortably living in your home again after the proper steps and procedures are completed.

Where do I start?

If you’ve had a fire in your house, whether small or large, it is important that you call for restoration very promptly. Fire damage can spread well after a fire is put out, and an assessment by professionals can save you a lot of extra time and money from further damage.

For example, if a fire burns a hole in a wall or ceiling, weather will get inside and you may have to deal with water damage on top of fire damage. Always be sure to contact professionals immediately to assist you.

What fire restoration professionals will do first:

There are a few steps during the restoration process that will take some time after you’ve made the call. The first step in the process will be a detailed damage assessment that will require a team of professionals canvassing your property.

They will create a detailed list of how bad the damage has affected your home- such as how far the soot, fire, and smoke have traveled and what furniture has been destroyed.

Prevent Further Damage & Cleanup

Because fire damage and water damage tend to go hand in hand, your fire restoration team will usually begin by adding tarp to prevent water entering a large area and sealing up areas that can cause leaks. By doing this, the risk of extra damage decreases and you save more money.

Quite often, a house fire can cause a pipe to burst and sealing up these areas will save extensive damage to the rest of your home.

The cleanup process may look impossible to you, but fire restoration experts are trained to rid your home and appliances of the dirty charred look and smoke stains throughout the affected area.

At the same time, water restoration will happen if there are any related problems. This will include using a large hose to remove water from areas and cleaning/sanitizing carpets and all odors will be removed that linger after a fire.

Lastly, the restoration team will remove all furniture or utilities that are destroyed beyond repair. Sometimes certain areas are affected more so than others, such as a carpet being badly burned or furniture that has retained excessive amounts of water. It is best to throw things out that are badly damaged because they might cause future problems like mold growth.

Repairing and Renovating

Depending on how extensive the damage done to your house is will determine repairs and renovations needed. You may have shelves or cabinets that were completely ruined, and it might be necessary to install new ones. The fire restoration team will always do their best to repair areas before replacing them, so if they are salvageable they will most likely still be there when you return.

Most companies go above and beyond when it comes to restoration and will leave your house looking brand new from the inside out, which can be a huge silver-lining during this stressful time. Repairing and renovating may even make your home look better than it did from the beginning. Every team wants the same result as you do- to get you back to living comfortably and safely again.

A Final Consultation

After your team has successfully treated your home, they will walk you through everything they changed and everything they restored/renovated. A short brief on fire safety will be conducted to help you out in the future and you will be able to move back into your clean and hazard free home.

5 Reasons to Build the Deck of your Dreams

 There are many reasons as to why adding a new and beautiful deck to your home will make your life so much better. As seasons change and it starts getting warmer- it begins to feel more like backyard barbecues and less like hot cocoa on your couch. We can help you build that dream deck, or simply update and remodel the one you already have. Whatever you decide to move forward with, you should know the amazing benefits of getting this project started.

1. It Can Become An Extension Of Your Living Space

What’s better than adding basically a whole new room in your house, but with the freedom of being outside? A functional deck is essential for every month in the year, but they are almost needed in spring and summer.

What’s great about having a deck installed is you can be as simple or fancy as you want- it’s all up to you. Do you want a luxurious retreat with a bar, couches, patio furniture, a canopy, and all your outdoor accessories? Or would you prefer a simple wooden space to host parties and get that grill going? Regardless of what you decide, we can do it all. It’s never too late to take your home to the next level and create this extension.

2. Your Current Deck Doesn’t Function Well And Is Unsafe

Are those floorboards creaking and has normal wear and tear got you on edge? Decks that are older (perhaps it’s been there since you moved in) require a lot of upkeep and maintenance. If you have people running inside and outside constantly, your deck can become hazardous and it might be time for an update.

Most new deck products are amazingly maintenance free. Getting your deck remodeled for safety purposes is a huge benefit for you and your family.

3. Better Curb Appeal And Adding Value To Your House

You may be surprised how a new and functional deck will raise the value of your home and increase curb appeal to future buyers, if you decide to move.

A plain backyard with an old deck that has a lot wear and tear can have a pretty big impact on what your home will be appraised for in the future.

4. It Can Turn A Small Backyard Into A Great Retreat

Most people with small backyard spaces think they are limited to grass and maybe a small porch. However, that is rarely the case. In fact, adding a deck to a small backyard space can amplify and make the most out of your area- and you can get as simple or high-end as you’d like. And like previously mentioned, adding a deck to a small house can seriously boost curb appeal and value.

5. They Are The Best For Hosting Parties

It doesn’t matter if you know two people or 50, having people over during some of the spring and summer holidays or hosting events is so much more enjoyable when you can relax outside around a fire pit and enjoy the fresh air.

Bonus: you don’t have to deal with people making a mess inside your home.

If you are on the fence about getting your deck remodeled, feel free to contact us- we know it can be difficult to choose the right company and get affordable prices. We are here to help your deck dreams come true!

Dallas Remodeling and Construction Company MBC Services Launches New Division for Water Restoration

MBC Services, a noted residential and commercial remodeling and construction firm located in Dallas, has just introducing a new water restoration service division. This new division will be key to the company’s plan for expansion into a wide range of water damage related services including sewage leaks, flooding, broken water heaters, hurricane damage, and much more.

Dallas, TX January 8, 2017

MBC Services is pleased to announce the formal opening of their new division that will offer dedicated water damage Dallas restoration service to the company’s growing clientele in this region. A residential and commercial remodeling and construction firm, MBC Services has already carved a niche for itself with a comprehensive range of services including roofing, complete kitchen remodels, complete bathroom remodels, decks, porches, arbors, and many other related services. The company’s new division will offer restoration service for water damage caused by sewage leaks, flooding, broken water heaters, hurricane damage, and much more.

Water damage is one of the most common and potentially destructive problems faced by the property owners. If not addressed immediately, these problems may very easily lead to electrical hazards, expensive damage to the building structure and furnishings, and the growth of hazardous mold. MBC Services has built a team of trained technicians and experts to provide quick and inexpensive fixes to all of these problems. The company will also provide emergency service to help restore residential and commercial properties following any disaster. In order to ensure best results for their clients, MBC Services will only use state-of-the-art products and methods/ procedures that meet or exceed industry standards.

MBC Services was founded in 2012 by Michael Barbieri as a high-end residential remodeling service provider in the Dallas area. Over the years, the team has grown into a full spectrum provider of residential and commercial construction and restoration Dallas service. MBC Services is rated highly by the clients for their knowledgeable team, strong work ethics, attention to detail, communication, and the highest standards of quality.

Announcing the launch of the company’s new water damage restoration Dallas division, the founder and CEO of MBC Services Michael Barbieri said, “We are really excited to be launching our new water damage restoration division to the company. This adds what we can offer to people of Dallas and we think we can help many families who suffer from water damage in their homes or apartments.”

About MBC Services: MBC Services is a residential and commercial remodeling and construction firm located in Dallas, Texas.  The company is built on the foundation of a knowledgeable team, a strong work ethic, attention to detail, communication, and the highest standards of quality. MBC offers a wide range of services, including: bathroom remodels, custom showers, interior and exterior painting, exterior siding, kitchen remodels, room additions, residential and commercial roofing, and much more.

Contact:

Website: http://mbcservllc.com/

Email: contact@mbcservllc.com

Bathroom Remodel Dallas

When & Why You Should Get Your Bathroom Remodeled

There are always tell-tale signs when it comes to the timing of getting your bathroom remodeled. Maybe an emergency situation brought you to this point, or it might just be time to update your look. Whatever your reasoning may be, there will always be validation. A fully remodeled bathroom can do so much for your entire home.

In the beginning, you may be contemplating getting your bathroom remodeled because it may seem expensive and time-consuming. In some instances it may be, depending on what you want/need done. However, what you do have done will increase the value of your home and may be the convincing point for whoever decides to rent out or purchase your home in the future. A turning point for many buyers is how difficult the bathroom will be to maintain. If there are any issues with mold/mildew, faulty plumbing, or if your bathroom looks like it came out of a 1970’s issue of Better Homes & Gardens, a future buyer may stray instantly. If you can relate to any of the above points, it may be time for your new bathroom remodel!

Tips  to consider before you’re remodel:

The task may seem daunting and stressful at first, but there are many tips to make everything run smoothly and help you decide if you really need a full remodel or to just tweak certain areas.

Live with your current bathroom before making quick decisions: Pushing back the idea of remodeling your bathroom is always a good one- for many reasons. Often times, we get excited about things and make quick decisions on the spot without thinking of what is really ‘good’ for the home, the future, and family. Take some time to really live with your bathroom situation for a bit longer to make sure you that it is really time for an upgrade. Often times you will see that you are, in fact, ready. Then, you will be able to move forward with full confidence that you are making the right decision.

Think about what is really wrong with your current situation: Before thinking of a new pretty tub centerpiece or tile layout, think about your current safety situation, as well as what isn’t working appropriately in your bathroom. These should always be fixed first- what good is a new beautiful bathroom that has plumbing issues? Safety issues can be anything from tiles that are sharp/broken, to shower doors that don’t work.

Plumbing is another issue, and they happen all the time. If you are calling the plumber more often than not, it might be time to remodel your bathroom instead of constantly wasting money for someone to fix old appliances. You might be happy when your plumber gets rid of your leaky taps or dirty water, but these are temporary solutions to issues that will keep reoccurring. It’s best to start fresh with new appliances that you know will have more longevity.

Your bathroom should be a safe and comfortable place to retreat. It is one of the most important rooms in the home, so take your time when considering a remodel and remember, your personal reasons and intuition should be your deciding factors.

Dallas Construction

Top 3 Construction Must-Do’s for Every Contractor

When it comes to work for commercial contractors, there are hundreds of things that need to be considered in order to be able to do a successful job for the project. If you do not take care of these things, the contractor can find themselves in a world of problems. For one, you could be sued by the building. Another issue is that you may have to redo the entire project if not done correctly, which could cost thousands of dollars, hundreds of thousands, or possibly in the millions of dollars on larger projects.

But, if these things are properly taken care of from the get-go, then it is likely that the construction project will go very smoothly, timely, and as cost-effective as possible. While we can’t write about all of the things that should be done in order to run a successful construction business in this article, here are this weeks top 3 “must-dos” for every commercial contractor.

Do’s:

  1. Make a proper scope. Before undergoing any construction project, make sure you put together a proper “scope” of work. What is a scope of work? A scope of work is simply a document that details the precise services, products, timeline, and expectations that your company will provide to the owner and/or the contractor. When drafting up your project scope, it is very important that you include as much detail and precision as possible so as to avoid any confusion or gray areas. The last thing you want to do is be working and towards the end the project, have the owner of the property come out and say that they didn’t want it the way your company did it. This will cause you to have to re-do it, and that could cost a lot of time and money.
  2. Payment Details. When it comes to getting paid, we can all agree that money is important. Therefore, your payment details in the contract agreement should also be very carefully thought out and put together. When you are drafting up the payment agreement, you will also want to make this as precise as possible and include a time schedule, any milestones that will need payment, types of payment accepted, and due dates.
  3. Other Provisions. It is also always a good include different types of provisional related items, such as late payments, unexpected costs (such as attorney’s fees, collection bills, etc.), the consequences of non-payment, and anything else that you think should be detailed. In the payment detail document, make sure to include provisional information that may include what will happen should payment by the property owner not be received. For example, you can include that if payment is not received, you have the ability to suspend or terminate the work on the project and seek immediate recovery until payment is made. It is best to work with a business attorney in your area to draft up this agreement property to make sure you are covered.

These are the top 3 dos for construction contractors to follow. It is highly recommended to do each one of these in order to successfully sustain a construction business. Of course, there are any other things that should be done in order to keep a smooth business going, but we believe these three are the common, most fundamental that are a good base to build upon.

Commercial Remodeling Dallas

Commercial Construction Vs. Residential Construction

When looking at construction companies, there are many things to consider. One of those things is which type of construction company you actually have to hire to get your project complete. There are several types of construction companies out there, and they mainly fall under two categories: commercial and residential.

So, what exactly is the difference between the two? That answer depends on what level of work you are looking for. Commercial construction is geared toward very large projects, even building skyscrapers and bridges. Residential construction contractors are called for smaller projects such as building a garage on to your home or renovating a kitchen. There are always exceptions to these, as some companies offer contractors that know how to do both.

Commercial Construction

There are many things that set commercial construction apart from residential- one of them being material used. Commercial construction is often very large and functional buildings made with a concrete or steel structure. One of the bigger differences is code requirements for certain building types, such as fire safety, egress requirements, and handicap accessibility. This is something you don’t often see in residential areas. Commercial construction is aimed more towards bigger buildings with more intricate infrastructure needs such as elevators, parking areas, cafeterias, public restrooms, etc. Commercial construction usually costs much more due to a larger building, which requires more workers, material, and consultations. Commercial construction can require an architect, a longer project period, and workers have to be extremely skilled in knowledge of all large building design styles.

Residential Construction

For your cozier projects that are closer to home, a residential construction company or contractors is who you would get ahold of. In residential, obviously everything differs from commercial- plumbing, electrical, functionality, and of course space. The rules between both are completely different. In residential, you are more likely to see construction done with wood rather than steel or concrete, though again, there are always exceptions. In the personality nature of things, residential contractors are more aimed to listen to a person or family’s certain needs, whereas commercial contractors refer to an architects design. It is also aimed more towards smaller projects that take less time and are cheaper, such as renovations and house add-ons.

Which one is best for me?

It should be pretty simple for you to determine which style of construction fits your needs better. If you are a homeowner looking to make your home more spacious or possibly tear down some old walls, even if you are looking to build an entire small building such as a shed in your backyard, it would only be natural for you to select a residential construction company or private contractor in your area. It is very important that you make sure these are licensed professionals with a history of excellent work and notable success stories or before and after pictures. On the contrary, if you are constructing a large business from the ground up with multiple stories somewhere in the city by a bunch of other large buildings, then commercial would be your option.