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Environmental Friendly Renovation Tips

If you’re renovating your home this spring, there are many decisions that you need to make before the work can get started. In fact, it can be quite a task for many people. Sometimes it can be helpful to organize the project when you have time off! One thing you should always consider is to take into account environmental friendly considerations. More often than not, these strategies will not only help the environment, but it can go a long way in terms of saving money for the overall project. We recommend the following tips when you’re renovating.

Hire an Environmentally Responsible Architect

Environmental considerations over the entire life cycle of a building process is an important goal of sustainable architecture.  Over the past 20 years, conscientious contractors and the modern public have embraced green architecture as a socially responsible way to build and renovate.  Architects use many different techniques to reduce the environmental footprint of the building process, as well as, eliminate the need to use fossil fuel during the construction.  Green renovation projects can include the resourceful use of materials and the methodologies that are utilized to install those materials. A thorough site analysis that includes an environmental impact study will minimize the impact of building or renovating within the environment.

Use Recycled Materials When it is Possible

Using recycled materials in construction is not entirely mainstream in modern architecture, however, it's gaining traction. There are a many examples and ways to be ecologically conscious that doesn't have to impact the design and aesthetics of a renovation project. This can include anything from reclaimed wood, insulation, concrete, and floor tiles. Needless to say, it may not be easy to find the right kind of materials in good condition for your specific project. But it never hurts to see what is out there, because many times you will be surprised about the quality of some environmentally friendly recycled materials that are available. Moreover, recycled materials can be available at a quarter of the cost of new construction materials.

A Healthy Indoor and Outdoor Environment

Environmentally-friendly construction can not only help preserve the outdoor environment, it can also help to maintain a healthier indoor environment within your home. Traditional construction approaches and materials have often been associated with a wide range of health problems. Chemical compounds from paints, solvents, plastics and other composites are known to cause health issues for people living within the home. The utilization of non-toxic products and materials and recycled construction materials can help alleviate some of those health issues. Green construction techniques that are used today should focus on not only protecting the natural surroundings, but also the indoor environment.

Salvage Materials from the Existing Structure

Architects should find opportunities during the disassembly stage to reuse whatever they can in order to reduce the environmental footprint and reduce costs. Designing a home that can utilize some of the existing materials reduces waste overall and and provides environmental benefits for communities. Moreover, builders, owners, and occupants, also receive an economic benefit by extending the life of the parts of the house that already exist. Those house parts and materials can be taken apart and recycled for further use during the remodeling process. This could include salvaging the existing foundation, or perhaps dismantling and retrofitting roofing and framing structures to accommodate the new design.

Utilize Low VOC or Zero VOC Paint Materials

Volatile organic compounds are contained within commonly used household products which includes a lot of older and inexpensive paint products. The process of applying those paint materials containing VOCs causes gas or vapors to be emitted within the environment. These organic compounds can cause a variety of health problems for some people, including watery eyes, headaches, respiratory ailments and even cancer in some cases. Women who are pregnant, young children, and other people with heightened sensitivity to chemicals may be more susceptible to VOC related illnesses. Most experienced residential painters will follow EPA Guidelines when utilizing paints containing VOCs and should recommend those products to customers.  We have a ton of information on our Website concerning Zero VOC Paints and Green Painting!

Painting Drop Cloth Protection

I learned early on in my painting career the importance of using a drop cloths and plastic for protecting things. This is an important aspect for preparing a Home for interior painting. Davinci's Northern Virginia Painters also utilizes drop cloths and plastic protection for things items on the outside of a Home. These things include Porch Floors, Decks, Driveways, Concrete Stoops, and even bushes!

As any well-experienced Painter will tell you, no matter how big, or how small, always use a drop cloth. It will save your self from extra work in terms of cleanup, and even possibly bigger, more serious problems.

As far as what type of drop cloth to use, the type that we recommend is canvas with a rubber backing. They come in various sizes and textures, with canvas being the most common. The reasons I like using canvas drops, is because it's thick enough which prevents paint to leak through, and heavy enough so as to stay put, wherever you lay it down.

On the other hand, plastic sheathing is a versatile protective accessory used by professional painters everywhere. Plastic sheeting makes for a poor drop cloth, because it simply isn’t durable enough to withstand some one walking on it without ripping and tearing. Plastic sheeting looks like a larger version of plastic wrap. It can comes on a roll in rectangular box, which can be spooled out and cut to precise lengths. If you are a novice painting, it is a great way to keep doorways and windows free from paint splatters. Just cut a piece of plastic to size, and tape it over the area in need. Plastic sheeting is also great for covering furniture and other valuables too big or bulky to carry out of the room. The best part about plastic sheeting is that it’s flexible but tough. If you can tape it correctly so that the plastic stays intact, paint will never get through

Davinci's Northern Virginia Painters will first completely seal the entire perimeter of a working area with masking tape and 3 millimeter thickness of plastic sheeting. After that we then provide drop cloth protection on top of the plastic for floor areas that will be walked on. Our method of plastic and drop cloth protection provides peace of mind for our Customers, that paint, dust, and debris will not end up where it doesn’t belong.

Properly covering the floors, furniture, and other valuables of the interior of your home is the first step in creating an efficient work environment, one that allows you to work without worrying about the occasional paint drop from ending up in places that it shouldn't.

This is a process that we take very seriously. We provide services for the entire Northern Virginia Area including Springfield, Vienna, Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church