Posted in: Water Damage Repair
Water damage restoration costs vary by geographic location. There are price differences in material and labor costs across the United States, as well as from country to country. In addition, states and municipalities dictate building codes, affecting all aspects of new home construction as well as remodeling, rebuilding or reconstruction of existing properties.
Reconstruction may be necessary following hurricane, flood, fire, or water damage to the property. Also, when owners want to remodel or construct an addition to the house, the project will be subject to their state and city’s building codes. In fact, licensed restoration contractors are required to use code parameters in rebuild projects. Moreover, every facet of home reconstruction is bound by certain legal specifications designed to protect the homeowner and the general public. Even fences are subject to code restrictions in some areas.
Construction codes dictate which materials can be used in building or rebuilding properties. They also specifically exclude those that were found to be unsuitable. Codes also detail plumbing and electrical specifications. The intent behind creating these codes is to protect individuals and communities from various hazards. To that end, past data is used and analyzed in initiating and updating ordinances. For example, to insure structures are safe and roofs will not collapse, building codes throughout the United States are based on historical ice and snow loads.
In Florida and other areas prone to hurricanes, there are strict building construction codes to protect individuals from high winds and flooding associated with this natural disaster. Therefore, an average size roof that would cost $12,000 in Dallas could cost more than double that amount in Miami. This is quite a substantial difference that is mainly attributed to state requirements desiring to address and mitigate a very real peril.
In Plano, Texas, codes regarding roofs have changed to reflect the fire hazards of untreated wood shingles. Therefore, treated wood shingles are acceptable, along with other fire retardant options. However, the installation is still subject to strict code specifications.
Water damage restoration costs are determined by several factors that are specific to the property, such as size, degree of damage and cost of materials. However, geography plays into the cost quite substantially. Not only are there labor and material cost variations throughout the country, but there are also differences in building codes from one state to another. These codes have gotten stricter over the years in response to natural disasters and unsafe materials that predispose property owners to undue accidents and risks. However, they also affect the cost of restoration projects, often quite substantially. The best way to gage individual restoration costs for a specific property is to get an estimate from a locally based, licensed company with a good track record that can be verified with the Better Business Bureau and nationally recognized trade and licensing organizations.