A kitchen renovation can improve the look and function of the space while adding value to your home. If you’re concerned about improving the health and safety of your home during construction, experienced general contractors in Edmonton like Four Elements Construction can make some suggestions.
Here are some tips for a healthier kitchen renovation:
For older homes, have the kitchen inspected for harmful materials
If you live in a home that was built in the 1990s or earlier, its possible some materials in your kitchen contain asbestos. This harmful building material is found in things like older ceiling tiles, flooring, drywall mud, and even insulation. Before anyone starts demolition, your contractor must inspect the kitchen for any materials that might be suspect.
Asbestos is only harmful when it is disturbed, and when fibres release into the air. When demolition of your old kitchen starts, disturbing any hidden asbestos can cause toxic fibres to become airborne. Learn more about the health risks of asbestos.
Hire a general contractor that cares about health and cleanliness
Now more than ever, health and safety is a top priority during home renovations. Four Elements Construction is committed to proper cleaning and disinfecting procedures, good hand hygiene, and social distancing while working in your home.
More than that, a good contractor will always try to reduce dust and debris from getting into other parts of your home during kitchen renovations in Edmonton. Taping off the area and installing dust shields can keep dust from spreading and bothering people in the house that might have allergies or asthma. They will also ensure the worksite is cleaned each day and thoroughly cleaned when the project is complete.
Ensure proper ventilation in the kitchen
Incorrect ventilation is common in older kitchens. For example, you might find that your stove’s hood fan just blows to the open space above the cabinets. It should go through a sealed pipe through the attic to the outside. You need proper ventilation to help moisture caused by cooking escape. If not, spaces in your kitchen could be susceptible to moisture and humidity build-up that leads to mould and mildew growth. Mould is harmful to your health and requires professional remediation.
Choose healthy building materials
Most building materials these days are healthy to use, but there are still some things you can check before choosing. Things like flooring, countertops, and paint might have levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs emit an off-gas for years after installation and can be harmful to your health. These chemicals are sometimes hidden in adhesives and finishes used in certain products. Four Elements Construction can help you choose materials that are best for your health.
Ready for a healthy kitchen renovation? Contact Four Elements Construction!