Teddy is very proud of the quality work and customer service TLC Construction provides, however, sometimes there is a question of – “how good is good enough?” Of course, perfection is always good enough, but in construction, perfect is not always necessary or possible. How can this be right? thought Teddy. The TLC contractors sat down with Teddy and explained the situation.
In remodeling, the contractor works with an existing structure which sometimes comes with problems. The walls may be out of square; door openings not plumb; and floors not level. TLC contractors say, “we often fix things that were never right.” They go on to say, “we repair those things that are necessary for a good quality result. However, an extensive tear-out to get things perfect is often more expensive than the homeowner can justify.” The TLC contractors will advise the home owner if this is money well spent based on the unique factors of their home and situation.
Most of the imperfections uncovered during remodeling are not of significant concern. Occasionally TLC discovers something that is dangerous and/or not up to code. For example, a sky light leaking at the roof level was discovered in a bathroom remodel. The problem was not yet apparent but the homeowner knew the room was cold. By repairing this, the room was warmer and real structural damage was avoided.
Teddy loves doing new construction! You are not limited by what is there and have the latest tools and methods to achieve the greatest accuracy. For example, laser levels allow the cement contractor to pour a flat foundation. But variables can affect “perfect.” Wood is a natural product which can twist or shrink during drying, after being cut and milled, and even after being installed.
One of the contractors told Teddy, “we’re not building airplanes!” “What does that mean?” asked Teddy. The accuracy needed to make a complex product like an airplane is much different from remodeling or even new construction. In airplane construction, the precision needed for quality and safety is greater. TLC works to make the project safe, up to code and functional.
That’s all very interesting and explains a lot, thought Teddy. I know TLC Construction works hard to maintain high quality standards for the construction industry.
Join Teddy next time as TLC Construction begins finishing a basement dividing it into a bedroom, bathroom, family room and still allowing for storage and mechanicals!