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Custom Concrete Driveways Victorville | Concrete Construction Victorville

Decorative-driveway-installation-high-desert-concreteWho says concrete driveways have to be boring? Here at S & S Construction we help homeowners in California’s High Desert area create really cool, unique designs that increase a home’s curb appeal, while also being functional and long lasting.

Building a feature driveway starts with a great design and professional dirt work to prepare the site. Slope, drainage, lighting and blending the driveway with surrounding walls and surfaces are all important details that need to be considered along the way.

Custom Concrete Construction Victorville | Home Improvement Construction Contractors High Desert

We Are S&S…

S&S Construction Restoration offers fire and water damage restoration services for residential and commercial buildings in the High Desert area and beyond. We can handle any damage to your home or business that is covered by insurance — and we will bill your insurance company directly. With over 30 years of experience, we offer fast and affordable restoration that you can count on.

Remodel Safety Tips For Your Family | Concrete Construction Victorville

How to Keep Your Family And Pets Out of Danger During a Remodel

Everyone here at S&S Construction & Restoration pride ourselves on not only our workmanship but safety as well…

Here are a few tips that will help keep your family safe-and your project running smoothly.

Keeping children safe

Home-remodeling construction areas can be very attractive to young children. Kids will often hang around work areas and ask the crew hundreds of questions. To keep the area safe, crews should restrict access to the areas they are working in by asking them not to pass the yellow tape. The homeowners and parents need to also take an active part in keeping children safe.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), recommends designating an area away from the work site for play and toy storage. Be sure to explain to your children which areas are off limits and that they should never play around with materials or with the contractors’ tools and machinery.

Communicating with your contractor is also very important. Before work begins, inform the contractor of the number of children in the house, their ages, and whether any are particularly mischief-prone.

Be sure to find out when large equipment and orders of building materials are being delivered. You might consider taking a family outing on those days if possible.

I’m sure this has never happened…but NARI suggests that parents do not leave children alone under a contractors’ care while going out to run errands. Your contractor is not your babysitter.

Control hazardous materials

Before your project starts, be aware of potentially toxic materials on the job site. Lead paint, asbestos, mold, and even dust could be health hazards during a remodel, especially if the project includes demolition. Keep children and pets out of areas where those hazards exist and away from toxic chemicals, such as paint strippers.

Make sure to ask your contractor what steps will be taken-to avoid creating indoor pollutants and how they will contain those that can’t be avoided.

Additional safety guidelines

  • Assign separate doors – If possible, designate one entrance through which work crews carry tools and materials and another for you and your family to use exclusively during the project.
  • Protect your pets – A dog or cat underfoot is a hazard to both you and your pet. Keep pets away from work areas, preferably in a closed room away from the supply-door entrance.
  • Safely store tools and materials – Be sure your contractor keeps dangerous items, such as tools, ladders, and hazardous materials, out of children’s reach at all times, especially at the end of the workday.
  • Securing the work area – Ensure that you or your contractor secure any holes or pits in the wall, floor, or yard at the end of the day.
  • Hang plastic sheeting or tarps around the work area – This simple step helps prevent pollutants, dust, and debris from travelling throughout the house.
  • Look for lead paint – The older your home, the greater the chance it has lead-based paint, a threat even if you’ve laid lead-free coats over it. If the paint is scraped, sanded, lead can become airborne and make it in to your body or contaminate the soil around your home. Children are especially vulnerable to dust that can get on toys and hands and, eventually, in the mouth. The first step is having the area tested for lead-based paint. The Environmental Protection Agency does not recommend home-use testing kits. Instead, it suggests hiring a trained inspector to test surfaces on-site. If lead-based paint is present, the agency recommends hiring a professional to prep the surface. The EPA’s brochure “Reducing Lead Hazards when Remodeling Your Home” offers suggestions on finding an inspector as well as information on what to look for in a remediation contractor.
  • Mist surfaces – A fine coat of water sprayed on surfaces before sanding or scraping keeps dust from becoming airborne.
  • Work outside – When at all possible, paint, stain, and finish building materials outside and bring them in after they are dry.
  • Control carpet VOCs – Unroll and air carpets before installation, and use low-emitting adhesives if needed.
  • Ventilate – Air out the work area and the rest of your home during and after a remodel. Position window fans so that they blow out instead of in. If your home has central air conditioning or heat, DO NOT run the systems when works are sanding or scraping.  Also change the filters as often as once a week to keep dust from spreading throughout the house. The NARI also suggests that short getaways be planned while the home is airing out. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers guidelines on indoor-air-quality concerns during remodeling.
  • Be aware of rodent droppings – Droppings are sometimes exposed during demolition and can spread viruses. Be sure to eliminate all of the droppings, taking proper precautions when doing so.

Deciding to remodel your house can be both exciting and a little frightening. You have a vision of how beautiful it will look when you are finished, but remodeling can be dangerous. All projects, big and small, have their hazards. As long as you take the proper precautions and educate yourself on the task at hand, the remodel should go pretty smoothly.

 

Concrete Color | Changing Concrete Color | Decorative Concrete

Colored ConcreteHow to Change the Color of Concrete

Changing the color of concrete is a relatively low cost option for updating your exterior landscaping. If the concrete has already been poured, your best option is a stain application. Thoroughly clean and dry the surface before beginning the staining process will result in a nice even finish. Keep in mind though, that because concrete is so porous, it’ll immeidately soak up the color and you won’t be able to change it…so, make sure you like the color before beginning.

If new concrete is being poured, adding a tint or dye directly into the mix will ensure that the color goes all the way through

Design Trends 2019 | Decorative Concrete| Stamped Concrete

Design Trends 2019Design Trends 2019: what’s in and what’s out

When deciding on home renovation, its important to consider the year’s design trends.  Below is a list of those design trends for 2019 and what’s in and out.

What’s In:

  • Less is More: Think sustainability. Use timeless materials and not trends
  • Feminine Tones:  Think blushes, rose tones or pink tones
  • Floiral Fabrics/Wallpapers: These have stood the test of time. They’re not your grandmother’s floral wallpaper.
  • Bold Black Bathrooms: Think spa-inspired, indulgent, high-end

What’s Out:

  • Clutter: You don’t want too many things going on. Overdoing it causes chaos.
  • Gender specific rooms: Gone are the days of blue for boys and pink for girls. Think yellows, greens, or try Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019 Living Coral
  • Statement Upholstery: single piece upholstery, especially jewel tones, is OU.T.
  • Minamilist Art: People are getting bored of sterile and minimalist spaces. Inject some personality and make it interesting.

Contact S&S Construction to explore design options, 760.559.2667

Decorative Concrete Patters | Concrete Overlay | Stamped Concrete

Sprayed-Concrete-Custom-Construction-remodel-inland-empire-high-desert-S&SDecorative Concrete Patterns

The facade of your home should be considered when choosing a pattern for your stamped concrete or concrete overlay. At a first glance, most people would assume that if you have a brick house then you should choose a brick pattern for your patio or pool deck, or if you have a rock house, you should have a rock sidewalk. While it seems good in theory, it is not necessarily the right decision. The problem with trying to match a material on your house is that if it doesn’t match perfectly, it will make your new concrete look like an afterthought that doesn’t quite match the original house.

Pavers | Patio and Concrete Installation | Patio Renovation

Patio and Concrete Installation

So you’ve decided to renovate your patio but aren’t sure about the process. Poured concrete or pavers? Check out this video to see a patio renovation in progress and then call the professionals at S&S Construction Restoration, 760.559.2667. Guaranteed Quality: Built to last a Lifetime

Home Renovation | Restoration Victorville | Qualified Contractor

S&S ConstructionBBB Tip: Hiring a Contractor

Whether you’re doing a complete home renovation or just remodeling a bathroom, chances are you’re going to need to hire a contractor…which, can be a challenging task! The importance of hiring a qualified contractor and one who specializes in the area of construction that you’re planning, is critical to the success and outcome of the job.  For help in selecting the right contractor for the job, please read this article published by the Better Business Bureau. S&S Construction, your premier home improvement contractor in the high desert. 760.559.2667

 

Concrete Repair Contractor | Concrete Replacement Victorville | Concrete Repair High Desert

concrete_restoration_stained_s&s_construction_high_desert_victorville_hesperia_apple_valleyWhy Concrete Repair and Restoration Is Better than Replacing it…

Concrete is a long-lasting and durable material for building. Of course, like any other material, concrete is not perfect. There could be many different reasons you may need to deal with a crack or surface that is no longer level. But, instead of a complete replacement of your concrete, instead consider repair and restoration. Why? Because you will save time, energy and money.

Obviously, one of the most important benefits of repairing concrete flooring when compared to completely replacing it is that repairs are often quicker and less expensive. You do not have to use heavy machinery to rip out large amounts of concrete, prepare the surface again for new product, and install a completely new floor. This may include damage to surrounding areas – especially landscaping if you are attempting to replace an outdoor surface. Every step in that process takes time and money. A much more efficient way is to repair it.

Furthermore, many people think that the only way to add a custom style or color to their concrete surfaces is with a complete replacement. However, that is far from the case. You can still create a decorative design with concrete resurfacing because there are many colors and textures to choose from. If you prefer, you can make your concrete floor look like stone, tile or wood rather than installing those actual products.

When looking at your options, there are plenty of how-to books and online articles that will direct you in ways to repair or restore a concrete surface. However, unless you are an expert, it may be smarter to leave the job to a trusted professional. A quality concrete contractor will be able to diagnose the cause of your issues and can make sure to address them directly.

It is possible that your cracks could be the result of a larger issue below the surface of the floor. It is important to know if concrete repair and restoration is in fact the best way to handle your issues. Plus, using an experienced contractor will save you from making rookie mistakes that could result in another concrete repair or restoration project sooner rather than later.

Concrete is certainly durable and easy to maintain, but there are times it will need patch-ups. Instead of jumping into a time consuming and expensive replacement, consider concrete repair and restoration instead.

Restoration Victorville | Home Remodeling Advice | Home Improvement High Desert

home-remodel-kitchen-concrete-patio-construction-contractor-high-desertHome Remodeling Advice

Looking for some home remodeling advice for your home? Click on the link to read a great article from “This Old House” on remodeling.

Renovations That Give You a Return on Your Investment