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ICFs offer Protection from Fires


This year’s El Niño phenomenon has caused widespread drought which places many areas at risk of wild fires. As climate change continues to affect our weather, the instances of wildfires, floods and high wind events will continue to increase. Every year, fires claim more Canadian and American lives than all other natural phenomenon combined. If you are planning a new build or a renovation, building to meet the changing climate will ensure the safety of your home and family.
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Contractor Training with Amvic Building System


June 7, 2016

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 McMunn and Yates Contractor Training with Amvic Building System

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McMunn and Yates Head Office, Headingly, MB

When constructing with ICF’s, understanding the building code requirements and how to properly install ICF’s are important factors for getting the job done right and efficiently. Supplying quality products is only the beginning. Amvic goes beyond, offering quality service and providing professionals with installation techniques, technical information and product training to help make their job easier.

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Protect Your Family from Summer Storms

The weather is getting increasingly unpredictable with tornadoes, floods, and hurricanes wreaking havoc on lives and property. It’s no surprise that homeowners are opting for structures they know can resist adverse weather phenomenon to keep their families and investments safe. ICFs are being touted as the best defense against inclement weather, here’s why.
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Renovations that Add the Most Resale Value to your Home


Spring is a time for new projects and many homeowners take advantage of the warmer weather to tackle renovations. Whether you are a DIY enthusiast or are relying on a contractor, you want to know that you are getting the most out of every home-improvement dollar.

Not all home renovations are created equally and some will give you more resale value and will help you to save money on your monthly bills.
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How to Choose the Right Contractor

Whether you are building a new home or remodeling your existing home, selecting the right contractor is the single most important decision you will make. Selecting the right builder can mean the difference between creating a dream home and a nightmare of spiraling costs.

Know what you Want

Work with your designer to make detailed plans of what needs to be done. Knowing where you are going will help your builder give you a comprehensive quote and leave enough time for the job to be done.

Detailed plans will mean there is less room for errors or misunderstandings. Always get everything in writing—this protects both you and your builder.

Your plans should include all the jobs that need to be done including a list of site preparation and cleanup work so you aren’t left with unforeseen expenses.

Preparation will include getting any permits that need to be obtained and inspecting any dangerous areas or hazardous materials on site.

Make a List, Check it Twice

Make a list of criteria for choosing a contractor. You should include experience and qualifications, time, cost and attention to recycling and eco-friendly disposal of building materials. Be sure to check referrals to ensure that your contractor has done a similar job elsewhere and that their previous clients are happy with their work.

Ask your friends and family members, your designer or architect for referrals. You can also ask your building inspector which contractors do the best job. Check that your contractor is licensed and with the Better Business Bureau to ensure that there are no complaints listed against your builder.
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Remodeling Projects that Reduce the Value of your Home

Your home is your greatest asset and remodeling it from time to time should add to its value. Unfortunately, ill-conceived remodeling projects may actually devalue your home and could end up costing you twice. Whether you are a homeowner or a construction professional providing advice, be sure to avoid the following remodeling missteps.


Out with the Old
Before tearing down the stone fireplace or brick wall for a more modern alternative, ask your designer or realtor if the feature adds value to your home. Modern updates that remove historically significant or architecturally sound features may actually be a step in the wrong direction.

Love your Closets
While a bigger bedroom or bathroom can seem like a good idea, getting rid of your closets is not the best idea. A walk-in closet can really add value to your home, while a lack of storage space may put some buyers off. Even though installing closets is easy enough, prospective buyers want ready-made solutions to storage.
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