Restoration, remediation, and new construction are complex processes, and it’s likely you’ve got some questions about them. Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Summit Reconstruction & Restoration was founded in 2012 with the vision of doing things the right way, every time. 

Our company owner, project managers and carpenters have decades of experience working in the renovation, construction, and construction defect repair industries giving them the ability to find a solution for each and every client’s unique concerns. We focus on bringing damaged and defective buildings back to life and original working order. Continue reading to find out more about what we do best, or you can check out our services or our completed projects for more information. 

1. What does a restoration company do?

Restoration companies are the first responders of the construction world. They’re there to help when significant damage happens to a home, whether the damage is fire, water, sewage backup, or a whole host of other problems. Restoration companies clean up the mess and work to preserve and protect the home from further damage. 

2. What is a restoration contractor?

Restoration contractors are the agents of the company that work to help get the necessary work done on the restoration. They work with insurance companies and other stakeholders to make sure that things are done properly and are paid for. 

3. What’s the difference between renovation and restoration?

Home renovation refers to modifications to a home to raise its property value and bring it up to date with technology and usability standards. Restoration is all about repair. 

4. What is the difference between reconstruction and restoration?

Home reconstruction is exactly what it sounds like, functionally tearing down and rebuilding the home. Sometimes in reconstruction, the framing and foundation of the house can be used. Restoration is the process of ameliorating and repairing serious damage to a home. 

5. What is remediation?

Remediation refers to the repair or removal of things like lead paint and other newly identified hazards from a home. Rather than focusing on the reduction and elimination of environmental threats, rehabilitation work is focused on the preservation of the artistic, cultural, or historical value of a building through repairs, additions, or alterations.

6. What is an example of restoration?

Examples of restoration include refinishing a floor to match its original material and color; replacing or repairing doors and windows; or, upgrading or repairing cabinets, fireplaces, and other carpentry. 

An example of one of our restoration projects was the replacement of 30-year-old vinyl siding.

Significant hidden damage from outdated leaking windows and sliders with no waterproofing, and concreted decks over plywood with no waterproofing resulted in near structural collapse

Our work included:

  • Full removal of exterior siding, decks, windows and doors. 
  • Installation of new Milgard windows and sliding glass doors. 
  • Decks rebuilt with proper slope, waterproofed with a Soprema Alsan PMMA system with drain mat and concrete top. 
  • All base of wall and ground level doors waterproofed with Kemperol V210.
  • Installation of James Hardi siding and trim on a 1/2” rain screen.

7. What is restoration construction?

Restoration construction refers to the actual process of doing the restoration work and repair to a home. This can involve repairing, removing, replacing, or refinishing different features of a building, such as fixtures, walls, flooring, or windows. 

8. What is an insurance restoration company?

There are no “insurance restoration companies” as such, but most restoration companies work with insurers to facilitate and enable the repairs that they make to a home. 

9. What is the restoration industry?

The restoration industry is the collection of companies, firms, and businesses that work to do restoration work in different environments, from residential to industrial and commercial. 

10. What does a remediation company do?

Remediation refers to reversing or stopping the spread of something negative. Remediation is usually referred to in the context of mold remediation. Remediation companies that exclusively do mold exist, but usually a restoration company features mold remediation as part of their business. The process of remediation usually involves removal of damaged material (drywall, insulation, concrete) and cleaning the surrounding areas that can be saved. 

11. What does water restoration mean?

Water restoration attempts to repair water damage. Whether that damage is rotting wood, mold growth, bacteria growth, rust, swelling, or delamination. 

One of our water restorations included elevated breezeways and landings that were originally constructed with concrete poured over OSB with no waterproofing or drainage mat. Within 7 years of being built, water intrusion into the concrete and below OSB and framing caused significant structural rot. The project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget, while also providing full time resident access to their units. 

Our work included:

  • Deconstructing each 3 story breezeway stair system, and demolish and dispose of the concrete, OSB, and rotten framing. 
  • Installation of new structural framing members, along with new plywood, saddles, and diverter flashings. 
  • New concrete was poured, and a 3 coat NeoGard traffic coating system was applied to the breezeway and stair landing assembly. 
  • Stair stringers, treads, and rails re-installed. 

12. How much does a restoration company make?

Restoration companies charge different fees and expenses based on the type of work that is being done. Many restoration companies can make money in the hundreds of thousands or millions, depending on the size and scale of the work they do. 

13. Is restoration a good business?

Absolutely. Buildings are always in need of repair and maintenance, and a restoration company exists to fill that need. 

14. Can a general contractor remove mold?

Not usually. Most of the time, general contractors reach out to a restoration company or contractor to do work with mold, as it requires specialty equipment and knowledge. 

15. What is flood remediation?

Flood remediation is the process of trying to fix and repair the damage that is done by a flood, from mold to rot. 

16. What is smoke remediation?

Smoke remediation attempts to repair the damage done from fires and smoke (after the event, of course). This usually involves cleaning all surfaces with the goal of not being able to detect odor and discoloration. If it’s unable to be cleaned, it is replaced. 

17. What is mold remediation?

Mold remediation is the process of removing and repairing the damage done by mold. This commonly includes removing moldy and surrounding porous materials, and cleaning and sanitizing surrounding areas and personal belongings like carpets and clothing.

Summit Reconstruction for Restoration

What do we think are important traits for a restoration company to have at Summit Reconstruction?

  1. Honesty 
  2. Transparency 
  3. Knowledge
  4. Communication

Summit Reconstruction focuses on bringing damaged and defective buildings back to life and original working order. We’re here to bring your home back to life after a serious event, and you can count on us to work in a intelligent and diligent manner. Contact us for a free estimate so we can get started at identifying the problem, repairing the issue, and preventing it from happening again.