Are you the proud owner of a new home in which you plan to do remodeling work? Your needs have changed over the years and you consider a major redevelopment of your home by abolishing some walls? All these dreamed plans, as exciting as they are, have some essential construction steps to bring your project to a healthy conclusion, while limiting the expensive surprises that could compromise your project.

 

In which components?

Did you know that residences built before the 1980s are likely to contain asbestos in some of their material components? In fact, asbestos is a natural mineral fiber today recognized as a dangerous carcinogen attacking the respiratory tract that can lead to premature death (lung cancer). Lack of laboratory advances in the era before the 80s, by its thermal priorities, its fire resistance and its compatibility with the chemicals of the various mixtures to which it was added voluntarily, asbestos was formerly recognized as a high-performance element in the construction field. Mostly visible to the naked eye, this undesirable could slyly be found in your original plaster components such as: decorative moldings, original internal walls plasterboard slats and some finishing materials in tiles. Asbestos is also present in some types of roofing shingles, vermiculite insulation in attics, even at the plumbing level with the types of sealant or insulation put in place at the time.

 

Your contractor's role

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Thus, depending on the year of construction of your project, you may be constrained by worker health and safety standards, to perform an asbestos test. Entrusting your renovation project to a general construction contractor will significantly reduce your responsibilities and procedures to follow in the event of contamination of the home. Delegating the asbestos test to your general contractor, you will not only benefit from a better coordination of your work within the same team, but you will also avoid significant additional costs if the execution of the work would require greater asbestos removal due to lack of direction from you before the start of your project.

 

A protocol to follow

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As a first step, samples will be taken from the elements affected by the renovations. Then these samples will be analyzed in an independent laboratory in order to obtain a precise verdict. Investing in the analysis of different surfaces that may contain asbestos is essential because it could save you money on asbestos removal installations and procedures. Once the contaminated area is well identified and quantified, the specialists will carry out decontamination work meticulously equipped with the necessary equipment according to assessed risk levels: low, medium and high. Obviously, the higher the level of risk, the greater the installations and precautions. It would no longer be a simple standardized filter mask, but the establishment of temporary airtight lockers with or without shower and a negative air pressure machine. No matter what level of risk your project faces, your contractor and relevant experts will be able to inform you of the different options available to you in a timely manner.

 

Keep Calm

Be aware that asbestos is not a health hazard if it is not handled, cut or stirred, if it is well covered and your materials that can contain it remain in good condition. Now it's up to you to approach the expertise of your choice to materialize your dreams in your new living space.

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5 ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home

This is a well-known fact for renovators in Montreal: the majority of houses or plexes built before the `70s have a glaring lack of insulation. Of course this is not ideal for homeowners, as heating and cooling costs become very high in summer and winter.  

 

So, in order to avoid mother nature's unpredictable personality from attaining the inside your home, here are 5 infallible solutions that will allow you to improve the energy efficiency of your property.

 

Energy efficiency: from the cellar to the attic

1-Insulate and seal:

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In more recent homes, insulation is provided by installing an air barrier, insulation (2x6 fiberglass wool) and a vapour barrier. This is often impossible to do on old houses, whose walls aren't the proper thickness (at the time, houses were not designed for optimal insulation). A good alternative is to insulate with spray polyurethane which allows you to obtain an excellent level of performance (achieving the r20 standard) without giving up too much space. This insulation keeps heat inside and cold air outside or vice versa depending on the season.

 

When renovating the basement, it is essential to insulate the foundation from the inside while ensuring that it is protected from water infiltration from the outside (although resistant, stone foundations could suffer from internal insulation if they are not waterproof on the outside).

 

It is very useful to insulate the edge joists with spray polyurethane covered with a fire barrier such as gypsum (spray polyurethane is toxic and potentially flammable). The rim joist surrounds the house and can become a direct air passage to the inside of your home. Hence the importance of ensuring that it is particularly well isolated.

2-Repair or replace your doors and windows:

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Replace your inefficient windows and doors with energy-efficient products (Energy Star rated) with double or triple pane glass, a frame that increases their insulating capacity and multiple weatherstripping.

3-Install or replace your heating and ventilation systems:

Install or replace your heating and ventilation systems, if their age or a change in the heating requirements justifies it...

 

Once you are comfortable with the overall insulation of your home, changing a heating and ventilation system can save a lot of energy. At the same time, you will also reduce your energy expenses.

 

However, it must be understood that a house with a good heating and ventilation system will not have the same efficiency at all if it is poorly insulated. While a well insulated 120 m2 house with a good system can spend between 6300 and 8500 KWH, a poorly insulated house of the same size will often vary between 24 000 and 34 000 KWH in energy expenditure (source: Picbleu.fr).

4-Ventilate the attic:

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Make sure that the insulation added in the attic is placed in such a way that it does not interfere with ventilation. If rising heat overheats the attic due to lack of space for adequate ventilation, there is a risk of water infiltration, condensation and mold (when snow on the roof melts due to excessive heat) as well as ice accumulation on the edges of the roof.

 

It is important to insulate, however, we can see that too much isolation can have some counter-effects. A proper balance between insulation and ventilation is key. Aim to meet thermal insulation standards and you should be in a comfortable situation.

 

5-Insulate the pipes:

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dd an insulating jacket around your water heater and insulation around plumbing pipes to reduce heat loss. They will therefore need less energy to stay at the desired temperature.

 

The worst enemy of your piping system is freezing, which can cause your pipes to burst. Proper insulation can help you avoid the inconvenience of water damage.

 

In conclusion

Here are the 5 solutions to improve the energy efficiency of your home. However, before starting your work, you will find several resources available to you:

  • It is possible to have an inspection of the current condition of the walls, roof, foundations, doors and windows carried out by a renovation contractor specializing in energy improvement (such as Groupe SP Réno Urbaine), who will be accompanied by an independent building envelope specialist. A thermography test (to image the coldest objects with an infrared camera) and a blower door test (to measure the airtightness of buildings) can be carried out to see the extent of the work to be done.
  • Then, always before starting the work, you can apply to the Rénoclimat program of the Government of Quebec for a visit from an energy efficiency advisor. He or she will be responsible for helping you identify the work to be done to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Grants will apply for some of your work.
  • Finally, significant amounts can be deducted from your renovation work if you are looking to improve the energy efficiency of your property.  Programs such as Réno-Vert can offer reductions in the form of tax credits. With Réno-vert, renovation work contracted before March 31 and produced before October 31 can obtain up to 20% of the expenses in tax credit (with an amount exceeding $2,500 and up to a total of $50,000). We strongly recommend that you check to see if you are eligible.

 

                                                                                                                                                

GROUPE SP RÉNO URBAINE is a contractor specializing in the renovation and design of homes and plexes in Montreal. Our specialists in structure, insulation and design will offer you a home renovation that will maximize its functionality and energy efficiency, while giving it a fabulous look.

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The 5 qualities to be found in a general contractor

Renovation projects in mind? Do you have one or more rooms that are in the running to be renovated? Calling on a general contractor can be of great help in completing your renovation project (s). However, one must first make sure to choose the right entrepreneur to work with. 

Here, to help you make your decision, are the 5 great qualities you should find in your general contractor.

 

1. Is your general contractor well established?


The first criterion to check is whether your general contractor is in good standing with the licenses (R.B.Q. and others) required by law. This may seem trivial, but many people fail to learn about the issue.

Then, it is important to know if the company has a good reputation in the community and on social networks. Do not hesitate to observe the company's social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) and the opinions on the web. It can also be very interesting to see if the general contractor has received awards and distinctions, or if we talked about them in the media.


2. Ensure the general contractor is qualified


Find out about the projects done by the general contractor you have chosen. Check out their website and do not hesitate to call them and start a discussion to learn more about the company, their expertise, their successes, etc. Hearing from the person of interest directly about these different elements will give you a good idea about the type of business they represent. A person appearing bored and passionless may approach your renovation project with the same attitude ...

Note that some contractors will even offer to visit job sites in progress in order to help you understand the renovation process. Do not be afraid to take advantage of this opportunity!

 

3.An organization defying all the unexpected


The general contractor is a bit like the conductor of your renovation. Choose a general contractor who works with an entire "orchestra" of expertise: a structural specialist, an insulation expert, a plumber, an electrician and other experienced specialists.

The company must have all the necessary suppliers at its disposal and be able to coordinate them precisely in order to offer the best solutions to its customers, but also to meet deadlines.

A good general contractor should be able to reassure you as to the fluidity of execution of the renovation project. Some even offer 3D rendering technical plans to give their customers a concrete idea of the renovation project before it is started.

 

4.Transparency for trust


A competent and reliable contractor will provide you with all the necessary information in a transparent way. Do not hesitate to ask for a meeting at the office to talk in detail about your renovation projects and get an official quote. It may also be a good time to ask questions about financing your renovation project, if need be.

A face-to-face meeting on their premises will allow you to enter the world of general entrepreneur potential, to see how he presents his business in his own environment and to have a more frank discussion with him.

Let's be honest: a general contractor who owns his business in premises that have been dubiously remodeled (or even unsightly) and who cannot give you clear and precise answers to your questions, should not be a good omen for the rest to come... 

 

5. A proactive general contractor


A proactive general contractor will be able to listen to your needs and meet the specifications related to your renovation project. He can also offer you innovative ideas, both functional and aesthetic.

You can of course have requirements on your side. However, a good general contractor, as an expert, should always remain proactive and looking for the best solutions to your needs.

If a few problems arise, a qualified general contractor will also be able to cope by finding creative and adapted solutions.

 

About Groupe SP Réno Urbaine


Are you looking for a general contractor who will realize your renovation project beyond all your expectations, respecting your specifications, deadlines and budget? Groupe SP Réno Urbaine is the team for you. Our innovative methods, structured and tailored to your needs, will ensure you a spectacular success!

Contact us via our contact form or at 514-524-2362 to present your project. We look forward to helping you create your dream home!

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Electrical work to do when you renovate your kitchen

Renovating a kitchen can quickly become a rather complex experience. Design as well as functional elements are very important, but can often compete with each other. The devices used are in general rather energy-consuming and the needs in terms of lighting are important.

Considering that we have often discussed the design aspect of the kitchen (eg white kitchen), let's take a moment today to clarify the major electrical issues that must absolutely be considered when renovating a kitchen.   

Introduction to kitchen renovation: the impact of practical and design decisions

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First, the design and functional decisions made will have a major impact on the electrical plans.

In this stage of conceptualization, the intervention of an interior designer can have significant repercussions on the scope of the electrical work to be done.   

Lighting 

If your lighting needs are important, you will most likely add an independent circuit for each new lighting system that will be implemented.

Trending now is in fact the multiplication of light sources. It's not surprising today to be asked to add lights in cabinets, built-into and under the countertops, placed above the island and in drawers, etc. The sky's the limit!

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LED lights are also very popular in the kitchen because they consume very little energy and have a long lifespan. Since these bulbs operate at low voltage (12v), they require the addition of transformers.  

The heating system 

Here we must think of all the details: which heating system to use? Will you have a heated floor? Where will your heating system be located? Will you opt for radiant heating over the patio door?

In terms of wiring layout, these decisions are essential. As there is now a trend towards an open-concept kitchen design, it must be ensured that the heating system will have the ability to heat the entire room.  

Your appliances 

You also have to be aware that the types of appliances you choose can have an impact on your energy consumption. If these cause you to exceed your available energy limit, this may result in other electrical work. 

For example, if you decide to use an independant induction cooktop with a separate convection oven (instead of a range), and a 220v dishwasher (instead of the standard 120v), you may well quickly exceed your available energy capacity.

Plan your home appliance needs as early as possible to be sure to to have the necessary electrical once the kitchen renovation is underway.

Once Upon a Time: Montreal and Old Electrical Systems

As Montreal-based renovators, we've seen it all. Since homes are often quite old, most electrical systems are passed-due and need to be changed.


Not only does it happen very often that systems do not offer dedicated circuits, but the amperage supported by them no longer correspond to today's standards.

It is therefore essential when renovating a kitchen to ensure that the present system meets current standards.

Capacity of your electrical panel

In Montreal, the electrical panel will usually offer 100 amps of energy to homeowners. For larger energy needs, add a sub-panel (to increase the energy capacity) or change the panel completely (more expensive solution).

Race to circuits

The challenge pertaining to electrical work in kitchen renovations is indeed to allocate the necessary number of circuits to receive the desired systems.

With the growing trend of multiplying light sources combined to maximized storage and open concept floor plans, one problem arises: what to do with all the light switches? For some, the solution will be to move all the switches to a more discreet area (such as the garage for example) and use a home automation system to control everything from a smart device.

In addition to lighting that requires a large number of circuits, other gadgets such as automatic "servo-drive" systems to open cabinets or bins automatically will also require some electrical work. To connect these, it will be necessary that power outlets are added.

Take a look at our article on kitchen gadgets if you want to get more inspiration on the subject.

Renovation of kitchen and electrical works: our conclusion

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All in all, as part of the initial choices you make during the design stage, it is very important to target your needs as accurately as possible.

This will eventually lead the kitchen renovation experts to do the right electrical work and make sure all the elements receive the energy they need.

For more information on the electrical work to do when renovating your kitchen, do not hesitate to contact Groupe SP Réno Urbaine.

 

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5 reasons to turn a duplex or triplex into a single-family home in Montreal

It's no secret that Montreal real estate is currently booming. The rise in real estate prices is driven in particular by the growth in the number of foreign buyers, which has jumped 40% since the beginning of the year, with a marked increase in the Chinese clientele.

Comparatively cheaper than other major Canadian cities such as Toronto or Vancouver, Montreal seems to be a new real estate El Dorado. This dynamic is supported by positive migratory flows, a stable economic climate and the installation of a growing number of multinationals, particularly in the technology sector. Recently, even the American giant Amazon mentioned the possibility of installing its second world headquarters in Montreal.

Single-family homes in Montreal: a rare commodity

One type of property is particularly attractive to investors: single-family homes. The only problem: in some popular neighbourhoods such as Saint-Henri, Plateau Mont-Royal or Rosemont, single-family homes are very rare and are subject to fierce competition. The average price of a single-family home in Montreal has increased by 53% over the last ten years! Vacant land for new construction is also very difficult to find.

To make up for this, more and more buyers are opting for the purchase of a duplex or triplex which they then transform into a single-family home. This allows them to target less competitive goods and renovate them to their liking.

So, why convert a duplex or triplex into a single-family home in Montreal? Here are a few good reasons:

The benefits of converting a duplex or triplex into a single-family home in Montreal

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1. A cost-effective solution

The scarcity of single-family homes in Montreal has resulted in a significant increase in prices and the perceived value of this type of housing. For example, in some neighbourhoods near downtown Montreal, you may soon be paying more than $ 400 per square foot for a single-family home. Duplexes or triplexes generally offer a lower price per square foot, although they require more investment in order to be converted.

2. An opportunity to live in the city without being cramped

For families who wish to resist the call of the suburbs, a critical element often arises in a recurring way: the possibility of having a 3rd bedroom. The transformation of a duplex or triplex into a multi-storey single-family home perfectly meets this need. Even better, in the case of a triplex, it allows putting the master suite on a completely different floor from the kids bedrooms for those who wish to have a little more tranquility.

A duplex or triplex converted into a single-family home can very easily offer over 2,000 square feet of living space. This space will allow you to create a spacious vestibule, an additional bathroom, an open kitchen and of course the very much needed 3rd bedroom!

3. More choices

The island of Montreal is full of duplex or triplex for sale especially in urban neighborhoods near downtown such as Plateau Mont Royal or Rosemont. At the moment (March 2018), 224 plexes are for sale on the Centris site in these neighborhoods and there are less than 50 single-family homes in the same areas.

This additional choice will allow you to be more demanding, especially in terms of the geographical location of your property (proximity to public transport, schools, etc.).

4. More freedom

When you are the sole owner of your building, you naturally have more freedom to the extent of the work that can be done. Transforming a duplex into a single-family home in Montreal allows you to dig a basement, build a garden, expand its terrace (or have one built on your roof). A basement renovation can for example allow you to finally have the bachelor, the open kitchen, the guest room or family room you always dreamed of!

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The construction of a patio in your garden will allow you to welcome your friends for summer barbecues in a friendly and airy space.

In duplexes and triplexes, the kitchen is traditionally positioned at the back of the house. Renovation work to place it in the middle of the open space could, for example, promote proximity to the living room and contact with the children. In short, the possibilities are limitless, just be creative!

5. Alot rarer

The conversion of a duplex or triplex into a single-family home is often an opportunity to create a unique property that combines charm and uniqueness.

However, before you start renovating, do not forget to obtain a conversion permit and have the work approved by the Urban Planning, Business Services and Public Affairs Department. In addition, if the project involves a modification of the living area, it is strongly advised to consult this committee in advance.

 Single-family homes in Montreal are extremely rare properties. If you want to transform your home into a cottage, contact SP Reno Urbaine's professionals today. Also take advantage of our interior design service for well thought-out renovations.

 

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Le Groupe SP Réno Urbaine est une entreprise de rénovation résidentielle en expansion.  Nous sommes à la recherche d'une personne qualifiée pour faire les plans techniques de nos projets.  Nous offrons un environnement de travail respectueux, convivial et motivant.  Nous sommes le rénovateur le plus primé de l'industrie. 

Nos valeurs sont:

1- Le respect des individus

2- Le travail d'équipe

3- La fierté du travail accompli

 

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Pour postuler, veuillez envoyer votre CV au courriel suivant:  valerie@reno-urbaine.com

 

 

 

 

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Vous avez des murs porteurs dans votre maison, qu'est-ce que c'est?

L'abattement de murs porteurs dans les maisons

Dans un contexte où la rénovation prend sans cesse de l’ampleur, on remarque une tendance lourde dans le design des différents projets de rénovation que nous effectuons. On décloisonne de plus en plus les espaces traditionnels. Que ce soit pour agrandir une salle de bain, éliminer un long couloir, décloisonner un sous-sol ou encore pour ouvrir la cuisine sur la salle à dîner, on abat de plus en plus de ces murs.  Qui dit abattement d’un mur porteur dit également structure. On n’enlève pas n’importe quel mur n’importe comment. Certains murs sont porteurs et requièrent une approche particulière afin d’éviter un affaissement ou pire, un effondrement de la structure de votre maison.  Il est important de consulter son entrepreneur général avant d'abattre un mur porteur.  Si le retrait d’un mur n’est pas compliqué en soit, le retrait d’un mur porteur vient avec beaucoup d’implications. À chaque année, nous intervenons chez des clients qui sont au prise avec un vice caché suite à l’enlèvement d’un mur porteur mal fait dans le passé et nous constatons qu’il y a beaucoup de mauvaises informations qui circulent.  Nous travaillons étroitement avec des ingénieurs en structure afin de nous assurer de la conformité des travaux effectués.  Aujourd’hui, faisons le ménage et évitons un litige éventuel.

Qu’est-ce qui différencie un mur porteur d’un mur non-porteur?

On peut retrouver des murs porteurs à tous les étages de votre maison. Généralement, on va retrouver des murs porteurs dans des constructions à ossature de bois. C’est beaucoup plus rare dans les immeubles en béton. La construction à ossature de bois est composée de planchers et plafonds structurés avec des solives de bois. Ces solives ont une certaine longueur et c'est à leur jonction que le mur porteur est installé.  Voici un exemple:

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Vous voyez les solives? Ces pièces de bois ne sont pas assez longues pour traverser le bâtiment au complet. Les solives s’arrêtent à peu près au milieu du bâtiment. Ça prend une autre solive pour rejoindre l’autre côté du bâtiment. Au point central de la rencontre des deux solives, on a un croisement. Si vous n’avez pas de mur en contresens de ce croisement là, vous êtes dans le trouble. Le mur qui croise ces points de rencontre des solives est porteur. Je ne peux pas l’enlever sans le remplacer par autre chose.

Comment est-ce qu’on peut déterminer si c’est un mur porteur ou non?

Si le mur et plafond ne sont pas dégarnis, il faudra faire des petites ouvertures pour vérifier.

Le mur est porteur, qu’est-ce qu’on devrait faire?

La première étape à ne JAMAIS contourner est celle de contacter un ingénieur en structure. Son rôle va être de déterminer la solution qui va remplacer le mur porteur que vous souhaitez enlever.

En fonction de l’étage où le mur est enlevé, en fonction de sa longueur et en fonction de sa localisation dans la maison, il va vous préciser la marche à suivre.

En gros, si on enlève un mur porteur, on doit le remplacer par une poutre. La poutre est horizontale et vient soutenir notre croisement de solives. Cette poutre va généralement reposer sur deux colonnes verticales.  Toute la charge qui était soutenue et répartie sur un mur est maintenant concentrée sur ces deux nouvelles colonnes. L’assise de ces deux colonnes va être cruciale et précisée par l’ingénieur.

Tout cela sans oublier que pendant ces travaux, on doit soutenir le bâtiment. Avant d’enlever le mur et d’implanter la solution, il faut faire un étaiement temporaire pour éviter un affaissement pendant les travaux.

mur porteur etaiment temporaire

De ne pas faire appel à un ingénieur est l’erreur la plus fréquente et le début presque assuré de mauvaises nouvelles.

Est-ce qu’on peut faire ce travail soi-même?

Nous ne le recommandons pas. Nous voyons souvent des erreurs dans les travaux réalisés par des entrepreneurs. Alors si c’est votre premier, les chances sont très élevées pour que la solution de l’ingénieur ne soit pas bien appliquée à 100%.

Un entrepreneur général détenant une licence de la Régie du Bâtiment du Québec pour ce type de travail est essentiel si vous souhaitez vous protéger contre un litige éventuel.

Est-ce que j’ai besoin d’un permis pour ce type de travaux?

Toujours. Vous savez pourquoi? C’est qu’en prenant un permis, la ville va consigner la soumission de l’entrepreneur général et le plan de l’ingénieur. Si dans 20 ans la maison se vend 3 fois et qu’un affaissement se produit, vous aurez comme preuve d’avoir bien fait votre travail. À tort ou à raison un mur porteur enlevé sans plan et sans entrepreneur général certifié est une cible facile dans le cas d’une poursuite en vice caché pour affaissement. Et si le travail ou la solution sont vraiment mal faits, le blâme et la poursuite pourra se tourner vers l’entrepreneur général ou l’ingénieur.


Si vous prévoyez enlever un mur porteur éventuellement, appelez des entrepreneurs généraux professionnels qui travailleront étroitement avec des ingénieurs.

 

L’Équipe du Groupe SP Réno Urbaine

-Au service de votre maison montréalaise

 

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Renovating a kitchen or bathroom? The tile world demystified!

If you are preparing a kitchen or bathroom remodel, you will undoubtedly need to choose various tiles as part of the process. During the planning phase, a few moments inside a tile store can quickly become overwhelming. This guide will help you better distinguish the different types of tile and make your decision easier.

Here are the materials most often used in kitchens and bathrooms:

Ceramic

  • Made of white or red clay, ceramic tile is easily recognised because the top decorative layer is not the same colour as its bottom layer. In the event of a chip or crack, this means the damage will be easily visible.
  • Since the clay is molded and baked into shape, there will be variations in the dimensions of each tile and rounded corners, forcing the grout lines to be of a minimum of 1/8”.
  • The available sizes are often limited.
  • Given its lower purchase price, it can prove to be an excellent choice for low-budget renovations.

Porcelain

  • Made of sandstone, porcelain provides a better colour-match between its top and bottom layers, therefore chips and cracks are hardly noticeable.
  • Finishes and textures are easily created allowing for more realistic imitations.
  • Generally speaking, it is referred to as rectified porcelain meaning that each tile has been precisely machine-cut, assuring the least possible variability in the dimensions, thus allowing for grout lines as thin as 1/16”.
  • Its greatest advantage is its resistance to temperature variations, making it the perfect choice for a bathroom sauna or even an outdoor kitchen!

Glass

  • Made of crushed, ground or powdered glass mixed with resin.
  • Offers a wide range of colours, shapes and finishes.
  • Since most are translucent, it enables the use of LED strips to create a modern, sophisticated design.
  • Often used for kitchen backsplashes or bathroom detailing.

Slate

  • Cut from natural stone, its colours can vary widely from blacks, greys, greens, purples, and oranges.
  • Depending on its source, slate may require a sealant. For a low maintenance option, opt for a slate made in Canada since these tend to be denser.
  • It is impact resistant and reacts well with temperature variations.
  • It is easier recognised by its unique texture.
  • Often used for kitchen and bathroom floors.

Marble

  • Natural stone, it stands out by its distinctive and unique veining.
  • Marble is very porous and absolutely requires a sealant that must be reapplied periodically.
  • As with any natural stone, it is possible to order oversize slabs to cover larger areas with lesser grout lines.
  • Because of its porosity, it is safe if well sealed in a bathroom environment but will not be recommended for kitchen countertops.

Granit

  • Again a natural stone, it is usually more speckled than its marble counterpart.
  • Denser than marble, it allows for a various surface finishes and requires much less sealing.
  • Has very high heat tolerance but can chip in case of impact.
  • Also available as large slabs.
  • Can be used as kitchen or bathroom countertops or as bathtub podiums and wall coverings.

Limestone/Travertine

  • Natural stone formed by shell and coral mineral deposits, its colours are normally softer and offer less variability.
  • Extremely porous, sealing the stone will be a necessary and continuous process.
  • Softer than other stones, desired shapes and edges can be easily carved.
  • Its distinctive advantage lies in its non-slip surface texture. However, this material is not recommended for showers because it may stain due to its porosity.

Installation Style 
 

Aligned: tiles are placed in a grid pattern parallel to the walls. Offers a more urban look for modern renovations and gives a more refined style to your kitchen and bathroom remodel. 

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Staggered: also known as brick pattern the parallel grid pattern is offset from one row to the next and according to a desired proportion and repeated every second or third row. This creates a more versatile look that will adapt to any renovation and will add visual texture to compliment your kitchen cabinets or bathroom fixtures. 

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Diagonal: Tiles are arranged at a 45 degree angle and can be aligned or staggered, this look enhances any classic kitchen or bathroom. 

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Herringbone: Tiles are laid out as to create a zigzag effect. This type of installation is generally reserved for more classic remodels but is making a comeback as a stylish modern detail. It is usually used in small quantities due to its high installation cost.

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Random: characterized by mixing different tile sizes in a pattern that seldom repeats. It is usually reserved for a more traditional renovation. 

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Mosaic: smaller tiles found in various shapes mounted on a mesh backing create a predetermined and variable pattern. Mosaics are usually used as a detail in order to enhance your décor and create a specific focal point in your kitchen or bathroom.

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Your tile choice is an important detail of any renovating project. You will spend lots of time contemplating it, so taking your time and treat yourself!

We wish you beautiful kitchen and bath remodels.

 

-The Groupe SP Reno Urbaine team

- Serving your Montreal home

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Sécurité des portes dans votre maison pour décourager les voleurs

Quand on parle de décourager un voleur d’entrer dans notre maison, il nous vient en tête d’installer un système d’alarme ou d’avoir une lumière allumée. 

Utiliser un système d’alarme et d’éclairage de sécurité pour protéger notre maison est une bonne idée, mais il est important de noter que, dans la majorité des vols, les criminels sont entrés dans la maison par une porte. Dans 65% des cas, ils ont pénétré dans la maison par la porte de derrière ou une autre porte menant à l’extérieur. On monte à 90% quand on parle des appartements. Une fois la porte franchie, il peut s’occuper de neutraliser le système d’alarme ou faire un vol rapide.

La sécurité de votre maison commence avec des portes et des serrures de qualité.

Idéalement, vos portes extérieures devraient être munies d’un système de serrures de première qualité.  D’ailleurs, selon le Code National du Bâtiment du Canada de 1990, toutes les portes extérieures permettant d’entrer dans une résidence ou de communiquer entre un garage et une maison doivent être en mesure de résister à une effraction.

Une porte barrée est déjà une première garantie contre l’intrusion dans nos maisons. Mais sans chercher à vous équiper d'une porte de coffre-fort, un certain nombre d'équipements permettent d'obtenir une protection efficace.

Pour bien se protéger, il faut se mettre dans la peau d’un voleur et penser à ce qu’il pourrait rechercher comme cible facile.

Le voleur va être à la recherche d’une porte facile à forcer pour entrer dans votre maison.  La méthode d’infraction la plus commune est simplement de défoncer la porte à grands coups de pieds. Les coups pieds frappent à une force d’impact d’environ 1700 lbs. Règle générale, moins de 10 coups suffisent à un homme de corpulence moyenne pour faire céder le cadrage. Quand on y pense, il y a vraiment peu de chance d’être entendu ou vu en train de faire ça...

Le voleur va d’abord observer la serrure. Plus particulièrement, il va chercher une serrure qui n’a pas été renforcée.

Une serrure non renforcée lui donne aussi un deuxième indice sur l’encadrement. Il va se dire que si l’occupant n’a pas renforcé la serrure, il n’a sûrement pas renforcé l’encadrement.

C’est donc d’abord et avant tout l’encadrement et la serrure qu’il faut renforcer?

Exactement!  L’encadrement, la porte et la serrure doivent ensemble permettre de résister à toute attaque physique.

Par exemple, une serrure résistante ne sert à rien si le cadre de porte n’est pas renforcé autour de la gâche. La gâche c’est la plaque qui reçoit le pêne. Le pêne c’est la partie amovible qui entre dans la gâche pour barrer la porte de votre maison.

Sans renforcement, on peut faire sauter la serrure en arquant l’encadrement ou simplement en donnant un coup de pied dans la porte. L’encadrement et la gâche d’une serrure cèdent facilement sous la force d’impact du pied, si ceux-ci n’ont pas été renforcés.

Voici donc quelques trucs simples et efficaces pour consolider le tout.

-On veut commencer par installer une serrure avec un long pêne dormant
-Remplacer la gâche par une plaque d’acier d’un minimum de 1/8 de pouce d’épaisseur.

-Ensuite, fixer la gâche sur l’encadrement et dans le mur avec des vis plus longues. Ça va permettre de la rendre « solidaire » de l’encadrement, et donc, de la structure même du mur de la maison. En arrière de l’encadrement, on va retrouver deux 2*4 ou encore de la maçonnerie. Si on mort profondément là-dedans, on donnera une chance de plus à notre porte.
-Procurez-vous les bons matériaux qui rendent davantage la porte et l’encadrement solidairement retenus au mur extérieur. Votre quincaillier pourra vous conseiller de façon plus précise sur les matériaux et peut-être d’autres accessoires en fonction des spécificités de votre porte.

Ça c’est le minimum qu’on puisse faire pour améliorer la sécurité de notre porte.

Maintenant, si vous avez la chance d’être sur le point de remplacer votre porte ou encore de choisir une porte pour une nouvelle construction, est-ce que vous pourriez choisir un système conçu pour être hautement sécuritaire?

Choisir une porte avec verrouillage à trois points

Certainement. Idéalement vous devriez choisir une porte qui vous permettra une serrure avec verrouillage trois points. Vous devriez chercher un système comprenant de trois et même cinq points de fermeture répartis sur la périphérie de la porte de votre maison.

Évidemment, si vous investissez sur une porte comme ça, vous devez vous assurer que l’installateur respecte le principe de solidarité entre l’encadrement et la structure de la maison. Une porte blindée mal accrochée à la maison ne nous avancera pas vraiment, autrement que d’avoir ''l’air sécuritaire''.

Un autre point faible de la porte sera son vitrage.

On a qu’à penser que le voleur pourra simplement briser la vitre pour déverrouiller la porte.  Une porte qui contiendrait du verre devrait être en verre incassable, être grillagée ou encore être dans une ouverture qui ne permettra pas d’accéder à la serrure intérieure de votre maison avec le bras.

Les charnières de la porte

Sinon, les charnières sont un autre point vulnérable si elles sont exposées. On va trouver cette situation sur les portes qui ouvrent vers l’extérieur. Il faudra les modifier pour éviter que les axes des charnières soient enlevées.

Avez-vous un conseil à nous donner concernant la porte patio?

Le meilleur conseil serait d’avoir une barre de sécurité ou encore une cheville de sécurité empêchant la porte de coulisser.  Il faudra que ce soit une barre fixée après la porte et qui s’enclenche dans un ancrage. Il ne faudrait pas qu’un voleur fasse tomber une barre de sécurité juste en frappant la porte.  La seule chance du voleur sera de fracasser la vitre de la porte patio. C’est assez  difficile à faire et très peu discret...

Ces quelques précautions rendront votre porte beaucoup plus résistante et décourageront rapidement les cambrioleurs d'entrer dans votre maison. Parce que dîtes-vous bien qu’on peut toujours venir à bout d’ouvrir une porte. Ce que le voleur calcule c’est le temps que ça prend et le bruit que ça va faire. Ne soyez donc pas la porte qu’il va choisir!

 

L'Équipe du Groupe SP Réno Urbaine

-Au service de votre maison montréalaise

 

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Home Renovation Tax Deduction Programs‎ - 2 programs

The last PQ (Parti Québécois) and now the Liberal governments have decided to emphasis on home renovations to boost our economy. Each government launched its own temporary program with the aim of supporting consumers with their home renovation bills. The latest program was announced last week. So this year, and for a limited time, two programs will reward you with some very generous taxes credits. Here is a brief summary of each: 

EcoRenov Limit date: The contract has to be signed before 2013 October 7th. Admissible work: Eco-energetic home renovation (windows, insulation, heating system...) Tax credit: 20% on expenses from 2 500$ to 52 500$ for a maximum tax credit of 10 000$.

LogiRenov Limit date: The contract has to be signed after 2014 April 24th and before 2015 July 1st. Admissible work: General home renovation (bathroom, kitchen, basement...) Tax credit: 20% on expenses from 3 000$ to 15 500$ for a maximum tax credit of 2 500$.  So this summer will be very busy for residential renovations, especially with the expected popularity of these programs. We are grateful for your trust and support of the past years. That’s why we thought it’s a good idea to inform you about these programs before it gets too busy.The Group SP Reno Urbaine will be very glad to contribute with our know-how to help you with any future project if you decide to benefit from this programs this year. But in the meantime, we wish you a very nice summer!

 

The Group SP Réno Urbaine team

- Serving your Montreal home