Frequently Asked Questions About Residential Remodeling
When planning remodeling projects, it's normal for New Jersey homeowners to have a lot of questions regarding the renovation process, cost, materials, and regulations. As remodeling and restoration experts, the professionals at William & Son Remodeling strive to keep homeowners knowledgeable about the remodeling process so that they can make wise decisions for their Williamstown homes.
Do I Need a Permit Before Beginning a Remodeling Project?
A building permit is a written document issued by a municipality to begin a construction project. Building permits ensure that the work is done safely while adhering to construction, zoning, and building codes.
Not every remodeling project requires a building permit, so you'll have to review your local building codes to be sure. If you're hiring a remodeling contractor to perform room conversions, remove or add walls, replace a roof, or demolish a segment of your home, then you'll probably require a permit. If you're installing cabinetry, replacing appliances, repainting walls, or adding a fence, then you can probably complete the home improvement without acquiring a permit.
Special system permits are needed if you plan to replace or expand electrical, plumbing, or mechanical systems in your home. You can attain permit information from your city building and permit office by phone, in person, or online. If you know that you should obtain a permit before making modifications to your home but your remodeling contractor insists that you can perform the changes without one, then you should think twice before doing business with that contractor.
Will the Remodeling Process Be Really Dirty and Dusty?
During bathroom remodeling, your home can become a disaster zone if steps aren't taken to contain and clean the mess. You should remove all of your furniture and personal items from the room before your remodeling contractor arrives to protect them from damage. Your remodeler will prevent dust and debris from spreading around your home by hanging up a plastic sheet or tarp in front of the door. Cleaning the area near the renovation project daily is recommended to keep dust from accumulating throughout your home.
How Do I Know If I Need a New Roof?
If the fact that you need a new roof isn't obvious, you can look for various signs of damage that indicate the impending failure of your roof. Check for holes, leaks, sagging, rot, moisture, mold, and missing, broken, or loose shingles. An asphalt shingle roof is typically expected to last 15 to 30 years, but environmental factors can decrease its longevity. Proper cleaning and maintenance and regular inspections are the best ways to make your roof last longer.
Will I Have to Replace the Gutters When My Roof Is Installed?
Most roofing and gutter system experts agree that homeowners should plan to replace their gutter systems at the same time as roof installations if their gutters are displaying signs of severe damage. However, if your gutters are fairly new and undamaged, replacing them when you install your new roof may not be cost-effective.