FAQ

Often Asked Home Repair Questions

  1. What kind of work do you do? We specialize in residential home projects ranging from small repair tasks, to large remodeling projects such as bathrooms, kitchens, basements, all the way to complete homes.
  2. How long have you been in business? We began by remodeling homes in Calgary in 2003. We have also embraced Calgary’s surrounding communities.
  3. Do you provide free estimates? We offer the hassle-free assurance of a free project estimate.
  4. How long will my project take? We understand the importance of communication. Start and completion dates are things we discuss openly and are happy to put in writing. With a project of any complexity, our team lead will often employ organizational tools such as Gantt Chart tracking with the goal to complete the project as efficiently as possible.
  5. How much will my project cost? Can you put it in writing? We prefer to put as many details in writing as necessary with the goal of clarity and transparency.
  6. How much contact will I have with various trades such as electricians, plumbers, or carpenters ? We are able to manage all phases of the project. As needed, we also work with our trusted partners. Relationships developed over time.
  7. What about zoning and permits? Acquiring and monitoring all of the necessary permits and inspections are an important part of a project.
  8. Do you provide a warranty on your work? We stand behind all our work. Our desire is to develop long-term relationships over short-term transactions.
  9. Does your team clean up at the end of each day while on site? This is a very important practice. Especially if your home is lived in while the work is being done.
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Coatings: Why do I need to seal my concrete?

Concrete is porous by nature and will absorb liquids and chemicals. This is why we often see oil and rust stains. Salt is another enemy due to our Canadian climate. Salt will react with concrete by a chemical process which leads to surface damage. Motor vehicles driven on city streets collect salt residue on the underside. When these vehicles are then driven and parked on our driveways and garages they transfer this salt to the concrete surface. If not washed quickly and thoroughly, the reaction begins breaking down the surface. Sealing Concrete protects the surface from damaging effects of the elements by providing a barrier thereby extending the life of the surface.

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Coatings: What is the difference between water-based and solvent-based sealers?

The primary advantages of Water-based sealers are low odour, ease of use and cleanup. Solvent based sealers, in our experience, are longer lasting than water-based sealers. Solvent-sealers have a very strong odour but only for a short period of time. For this reason we always apply Solvent sealers with the use of a personal respirator, protective gloves and clothing.

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Coatings: What level of Gloss do I choose for a sealer?

The level of gloss selected is partly an esthetic decision. The higher the gloss in an acrylic sealer, the higher the percentage of acrylic solids. It is these solids that provide the visible gloss layer on top of the cement. Typically the greater percent of solids, the longer protection. For example, low gloss sealers are 15-18%. Mid gloss around 20-25% and High Gloss 30%. Some companies promote their 25% Solids products as Hi Gloss. For them this is a great price advantage. In practice this nets a homeowner about one year of protection. For this reason we install only 30% Solids Sealer when Hi Gloss is desired. Yes they cost more, but for a 25-45% increase over a 25% product you can net 2-3 times the longevity.

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