Hurricane Harvey: Restoration & Recovery Efforts In Houston

disaster reconstruction houston, reconstruction houstonAs we write this blog, the rain is still coming down in Houston – and there is a threat of more rain to come. The entire team at Century Construction went on standby the moment it became certain that Hurricane Harvey had its sights set on Texas. Our teams are mobilizing throughout Houston and surrounding areas, as it becomes safe to do so, to help as many homeowner and business owners as possible get the drying and rebuilding process started.

We cannot emphasize enough that it is important to wait to get the restoration and drying process started once water in your area has receded, and local authorities say it’s okay and safe to return. Safety comes first for you, your family, and our crews. Here are some simple things to remember when assessing the damage of your property:

  • Be sure it’s structurally sound. Water and water damage can be deceiving. If you don’t think the property is safe, stay out.
  • If you do enter or are exposed to the water at all, be sure you protect your body. This includes rubber boots, gloves, and other personal protective gear you may have. The water is dirty. This probably goes without saying, but floodwater like this often carries a whole lot of bacteria with it from overflowing sewage, runoff, overworked septic systems, and so on. Any item that’s been touched by flood water should be considered hazardous. While many porous items will have to be thrown away, don’t worry – Century Construction can likely clean and save other items in your home.
  • Be mindful of electrical currents! While many places are without power and could be for some time, you never know where there would be a live wire. Because water is a conductor, it is important to avoid areas of standing water. Also keep in mind equipment and electronics that have come into contact with water could post an electrocution risk as well.

With that said, there are some things you can get together to help get the ball rolling once we can get to you!

  • Secure your personal property. Boarding up the property, if necessary, is something Century Construction can help with if we can get to the site. In the meantime, just be sure things are secure.
  • Take inventory. Once you get inside your home or business, start taking an inventory of everything in there – and mark what is damaged and what is not. Feel free to start taking photos for your insurance company of the water lines, the damage, the debris, and so on. Once our crews arrive on the scene, we will take a smattering of photos as well, but this will give you immediate proof of the damage within your property.
  • Let the pros handle the big stuff. We realize losses from Hurricane Harvey are completely overwhelming and there is likely a feeling of desperation to recover quickly. However, there are a lot of dangers lurking in these flooded properties. Century Construction in Houston has well-trained and highly skilled disaster reconstruction crews who are working around the clock to start getting homes and businesses like yours dried out.

Need help? Call Century Construction now!

Why Should You Remodel Your Home?

home remodeling pinehurst, home reconstruction pinehurstLet the professionals at Century Construction Services in Texas take your home in their hands and give your home a new and stylish makeover. They are trained, certified, and know what they are doing when it comes to remodeling, building new homes, and restoring your home from damages caused by fire, water, hail, flooding, mold, vehicular damage, or any other types of damage done to your property. If you let the professionals at Century Construction Services effectively and properly work on your home, you can increase the value of what your home is worth. You can also get custom things done to your home the way you want it, so it’s your style and taste.

Why Should You Remodel Your Home?

Remodeling your home can be inexpensive due to your budgets and what area of your home you would like to give it a facelift at. The professionals at Century Construction Services are loyal to the times that they are working on your home because they know and understand that it can be hard and renovations can ruin your normal life schedules. You can make your home more “go-green,” which can help save your money by reducing your electricity bills. Go-green measures are easy and very simple, like replacing old windows with energy-efficient windows, upgrading the insulation and electric wiring, and installing energy-efficient appliances. An HVAC system is also considered a “go-green” measure. The professionals with also get rid of toxic old paint and insulation, so your home is safer and a healthier place to live in.

You can also have the certified professionals at Century Construction Services remodel your home to take out certain walls to make space a bigger place to be in. Taking out some walls could open your kitchen or entertainment room up, giving you and your family that extra space. You can remodel your basement, giving you an extra and/or bigger entertainment space, or even to put more bedrooms in. Maybe you want a huge gym to work out in, so you don’t have to leave your home to use weights. It’s really just whatever you and your family prefer to transform that room into. You may be getting in your older ages and getting ready for retirement, which means a few major changes in your everyday life. Seniorhood is one of the major realities of life: that means a few major changes in your everyday life. You will need certain facilities then, which should be provided for in your home remodeling project now. Keeping your future needs in mind, and planning an appropriate remodel today will save you hassle later. You want to help make sure that your home is safer and healthier than ever, to protect you and your loved ones from getting hurt. Let Century Construction Services in Pinehurst Texas start your remodeling now, so it’s not a hassle later!

Certain parts of your home may age faster than other parts. For example, kitchens and bathrooms tend to age faster due to humidity, temperature changes, oil in the air, etc. and this is normal for them to do that. This also does not mean that the rest of your home is immune to aging. The signs of aging are more visible to the eye of the visitor. Since you live in your home and you are there every day, these signs of aging aren’t noticeable to you. Let Century Construction remodel your home, giving it the necessary facelift that it needs when you feel as if it looks old and outdated.

Roof Repair or Replacement: Signs of Shingles Distress

When it comes to home renovations, few things are as intimidating when it comes to matters of the roof. Because the roof protects your house from the outside elements, it’s important to take care in maintaining your roof. Storms, trees and vermin all take a toll on your roof as time goes on. The average lifespan of a roof is 20-25 years. If you are unaware of the age of your roof or have concerns about the integrity of your roof in its current condition, there are signs to look for that can help in your consideration of needing roof repair or a total roof replacement.

Consult Your Shingles

roof repairs magnoliaRoofing shingles can be made of materials like wood, slate or clay, but asphalt shingles are economical and easy to install, making them popular and the most commonly used roofing material in the United States. Making sure your roofing materials are intact and performing well, will secure the integrity of your roof and home in general.

Curling, Clawing & Cracking– Curling is evident when the edges of your shingles are curled or cupped. Clawing can be noticed if the edges of the shingles are laying flats, but there is bubbling or budging in middle of the shingle. These conditions indicate signs of weathering and can lead to problems such as leaking. Cracked shingles typically are the result of wind damage. If cracking is evident in an isolated area, you can opt to repair the affected area. But if you notice cracking occurring across your roof in random locations, it may be time to consider a replacement.

 Missing Shingles– If you have bare spots on your roof, your home will be vulnerable to the outside elements. You can opt to patch the areas that need fixing, but it may be difficult to fully match the new and old shingles due to coloring and weathering.

Granule Build– The granules on asphalt shingles are meant to help deflect the sun from the asphalt. While extra granules will fall off, as time and weather take its toll, an excess of loose granule buildup can be a sign of an underlying problem. This buildup could indicate that your roof is halfway through its lifespan. If there are significant bald spots exposing the asphalt, “the sun can cause the shingles to bake and cause deterioration,” said Claude McGavic, Executive Director of The National Association of Home Inspectors.

Moss or Algae– Aesthetically moss and algae aren’t pleasant to look at, but if it doesn’t bother you, these growths aren’t as threatening. Algae can cause dark spots on the roof which can be washed with a gentle water and bleach spray. Moss growth can retain water, which over time can affect the shingle granules. If you decide to treat your roof, make sure not use a power washer as the force can remove the granules, essentially rendering your shingles useless. Installing zinc strips on the peaks of your roof, is another method that can help eliminate the growth.

If you have any questions about the shingle or structural integrity of your roof, contact Century Construction Services. Our qualified roofing professionals can provide you with information and solutions to protect your home with fast, honest and reliable services.

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New Business Construction Pinehurst: What to Consider

new business addition pinehurstAssessing the Need to Expand Your Business & How to Make it Happen

Business growth in Pinehurst is scary – and exhilarating all at once. There are a lot of things to think about when you’re considering expansion – from employees and departments to logistics and space. While Century Construction can’t really help you with your HR or marketing problems, we certainly can help you create a new workspace in the Pinehurst area that is perfect for your company’s needs.

So how do you know when it’s time to expand your footprint? Here are five steps to consider:

  • Assess the situation. Look at the pros and cons, look at your cash flow, and take a solid look at your expectations of a possible expansion.
  • Build your team. You have to have a great team around you to help the vision you have for your company transform into reality.
  • Grow your customer base. It’s possible that this has already happened, which is why you need to expand in the first place! And once you do expand, imagine how much more room for growth you’ve open up for your company.
  • Raise the capital. This is a big one. Just like adding an addition to a house, or building an all new home, there is a major price tag attached. Depending on your current location, expansion could be an option. Or, it might be time to invest in a new piece of property and start from scratch. Either way, having a good construction team on your side from day one will help you determine what route you should choose, and what kind of investment you’re looking at to make it all happen.

So let’s say you choose to start from scratch and build a whole new location for your company. There are some proven ways to make the whole process go much more smoothly.

First, begin planning for the project with a reputable construction company like Century Construction. It is important to look at the scope of the project, funding, design, proper permits that are necessary, and so on. Do not settle for a contractor that is going to try to cut corners to save a few bucks. If they’re willing to go behind the city’s back and work without the proper permits, what else could they be doing wrong on your brand new building?

If you are concerned about the prices of some of the materials, don’t be afraid to ask about alternatives. There are always new innovations in building coming into the marketplace, and also some tried and true classics that can keep your initial design and vision intact, while making a few adjustments to the budget.

Plus, if there is a feature you really want now, try to work it into the budget now rather than hoping to add it down the road. It is easier to add it during the initial construction process than to do it later.

And most of all, work within your budget. You want to be able to enjoy your new space when it is all said and done, and being in debt up to your eyeballs is not a great way to start.

When you are ready to move into a new space contact Century Construction Services to help you create a commercial building that fits all of your needs.

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