Renovating? Key Tips For Keeping Your Home And Safe During Construction

When you embark on a home renovation project, you might be more concerned about color swatches and tile choices than you are about the condition of your home during construction. Unfortunately, overlooking this crucial detail could spell trouble for your family and your renovation crew. Here are a few key tips that might help you to keep your home clean and safe during construction, so that you can focus on your project. Check it out below:

1: Flooring

Are you concerned about your construction budget? If you need to keep costs to a minimum, protecting your flooring should become a top priority. Your carpet might not be able to recover from paint splatters and construction dust, and those hardwood floors could be scratched in an instant if a single rogue screw is dropped on the floor. Here are a few ways to protect your flooring during your upcoming renovation:

  • Hardwood: Although hardwood floors can be refinished if they endure damage, the service is pricy—typically costing between $2-$3 per square foot. To protect hardwood, apply a few layers of craft paper, overlapping the layers and taping the edges to your baseboards with painter's tape.
  • Carpet: That inexpensive paper might seem like an easy way to protect carpet, but if it rips, you could be in a world of trouble. Instead, consider flexible floor coverings like polyethylene plastic. This plastic can be applied in layers, and contains a sticky backing to keep it in place.
  • Tile: Tile needs to be protected from impact, in addition to scratches and discoloration. To protect your stone or ceramic flooring, lay down rubberized mats, carpet segments, or rugs that you don't care about. That way, they can take all of the abuse while your tile stays pristine.

Before construction begins, test your flooring barriers to make sure they will stay in place. Reinforce seams and high-traffic areas to keep protection where it should be. It might seem like a hassle, but by protecting your floors, you can avoid collateral damage.

2: Indoor Air

Nobody likes to wake up coughing or to deal with aggravated allergies. Unfortunately, if you don't take the time to protect your indoor breathable air, your home might become uncomfortable and unsafe for everyone inside. Here are a few ways you might be able to contain dust, so that microscopic construction debris won't travel through your entire home:

  • Dust Containment Doorway Screens: When you discuss your construction plans with contractors, ask which rooms they plan on tackling first. Think about the layout of your house, and secure the environment by adding dust containment screens around doorways and hallways. These screens stick to doorjambs, keeping dust from flowing from room to room.  
  • Negative Pressure Systems: Widely used by hospitals, negative pressure systems work by removing more exhaust from the room than is allowed into the space. This means that air contaminated by dust and debris will move outdoors, instead of being allowed to pollute your indoor air. Contractors can use temporary systems and vent them through a window, so that your indoor air stays safe, clean, and comfortable.  
  • Close Off HVAC Vents: If your lead contractor doesn't have access to a state-of-the-art negative pressure system, don't despair. By closing off the HVAC vents in the construction area, you might be able to keep dust from escaping.

As you create a dust containment plan, don't forget to think about exits and entrances. Make a path for construction workers to access tools, vehicles, and restrooms. By adding access points and blocking off the rest of your house, you might be able to keep people from making more of a mess than they need to.

By knowing how to protect your home and family, you might be able to streamline your renovation and keep your construction crew on track.