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Check Your Windows

Window failure is a serious concern that leads to water penetration and wood rot. The longer it is left unchecked, the more damage it causes. Certain homes in Calgary have been built with windows that contain an inherent flaw. This flaw allows water to penetrate beneath sheething into the wooden framing components of your home.

What To Look For:

  1. Metal clad wood windows
  2. Crank mechanism with rusty screws
  3. Stains and marks on the stucco (or other sheathing) beneath the window
  4. Warped hardwood flooring beneath the window area

Hear It From The Expert:

What To Do:

If you suspect any problems with your windows or have questions then don't wait to get in touch! Our team will come by and provide a detailed report of your current window conditions and any required remediation.

The Contractor Checklist

Choosing a Renovations Contractor in Calgary

Don’t Risk It!

Everyone has either had or knows someone who has had a bad experience with a renovations contractor. In the Calgary area, the residential renovations industry is highly fragmented, meaning that there are a lot of smaller companies competing for business. To be competitive on price some contractors will try to take “shortcuts”. Others will cut out key elements of the renovation process and dump the consequences on the homeowners. Hiring a contractor is not a gamble. You are in control of the quality of contractor you end up with. By paying attention to the following elements you are setting yourself up for a great experience.

Licensed & Insured

This should be every homeowner’s minimum requirement when hiring a contractor. It is illegal for a contractor to operate without a license or the proper insurance. Liability insurance covers any injuries or property damage that may occur. The industry standard for liability insurance is $2,000,000.

Warranty

Contractors are required by law to provide a one-year warranty on labour. The industry standard is two-years, which promotes better workmanship and longer-term relationships. A contractor should be able to provide you with warranty information with a written commitment that it will be honored.

Choosing a Renovations Contractor in Calgary

Worker’s Compensation (WCB)

A clearance letter from WCB-Alberta will indicate if a contractor has coverage and is in good standing with their account. If you do not have a clearance letter and the contractor has not paid their premiums, you could be liable for those premiums.

Code Of Ethics

A code of ethics is a commitment to abide by additional standards beyond any legal requirements or obligations. It is a document that outlines key ethical elements and states how the contractor upholds each.

Written Fixed-Price Contract

A written contract serves to protect both the homeowner and the contractor. It should include a detailed description of the scope of work. A fixed-price contract covers the entire scope of work under the price stated in the contract. There is no unsurety of the final costs.

History, Reviews & Examples Of Work

A contractor that has been involved with local home renovations for any amount of time should be able to provide reviews from past clients and examples of past work. A strong history supports a contractor’s credibility and validates their expertise and knowledge within the industry.
Choosing a Renovations Contractor in Calgary

Communication

One of the biggest factors leading to dissatisfaction is poor communication throughout the renovation process. The contractor should clearly communicate and respond in a timely manner. If you are experiencing poor communication prior to a project commencing, don’t expect anything to change once the project starts.

Association Membership

There are some local and national associations committed to upholding high standards within the construction industry and maintaining accountability among their members.

RenoMark™ Renovators

The RenoMark™ checkmark is a badge of honour for home renovation contractors in Canada. It identifies renovation contractors who have agreed to a specific Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct. RenoMark™ contractors are knowledgeable of current trends, materials and regulations affecting the industry. Look for this badge.


Home Improvement Rebate Program

Home Improvement Rebates

Fire Ant Contracting Ltd is very proud to announce we are listed as an approved, participating contractor for the Energy Efficiency Alberta Home Improvement Rebates programme.  

 This great initiative was launched to encourage Alberta homeowners to make energy efficient home improvements with a CASH back incentive!

Windows - Upgrade to new, ENERGY STAR® triple pane, low-e, argon windows at valuable savings.  Installed correctly, window upgrades increase home value, increase air-tightness, reduce energy loss, and reduce road noise. Upgrading to ENERGY STAR® triple pane, low-e, argon windows will provide greater energy savings as the area of the home covered by windows increases and based on the current windows you have in your home.

Insulation - Improve the insulation in your attic, on your above-grade walls and in the basement for a more comfortable and energy-efficient home.  Investing in insulation upgrades will increase your family’s comfort, reduce your energy expenses, and increase your home’s value. Best of all there’s typically no maintenance: just energy savings and better comfort for decades.

Energy Efficiency Alberta’s rebates are available for insulation added to a home’s attic, main walls, basement or pony walls. Your rebate will be based on where the insulation is applied, how much insulation is added, and how many square feet receive the upgrade

Tankless Hot Water Heater- An ENERGY STAR®-approved tankless water heater gives your home the incredible advantage of never running out of hot water—and it’s the most cost-effective way to heat water to boot.  Tankless hot water systems take up less space, waste less energy and may even provide hot water faster than conventional systems. Domestic hot water upgrades to ENERGY STAR® tankless systems present a tremendous energy-saving opportunity over older, storage tank systems, especially those equipped with standing pilot lights.

 Please visit the website to find more information.  Please contact us to get a complimentary quote.  (403) 312-5995 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fire Ant Contracting 24-7 Emergency Response

Fire Ant emergency response

Fire Ant Contracting is very proud to offer a fantastic 24-7 Emergency Response Service. 

Fire Ant provides an efficient, reliable, professional service that will put your mind at ease in any emergency. 

 Fire Ant responds to floods, sewer back ups, mould remediation, asbestos abatement, wind damage, structural concerns, break in damage and any emergency maintenance. 

 Fire Ant is fully trained in water remediation, asbestos abatement & mould remediation.  Our renovation division can take of any repairs or re-builds as necessary. 

 We provide professional Xactimate invoicing and quoting so fully supported by insurance companies. 

(587) 999-6490