What Does It Mean To Retrofit A Home?

A detailed home retrofitting plan is a vital part of a house improvement. It is designed in order to ensure that the property runs as energy-efficient as possible, complementing each other in all facets of the house. In order for it to be as similar to carbon neutral as possible, the end result should be that it is not only professionally done, but it integrates cutting edge 21st century technology as well. An entire house upgrade ensures that changes are made in an orderly, sensitive order, complemented by upgrades and retrofits instead of working together.

There are no two same retrofit jobs. Much of this depends on the style of house and the legacy scheme. However, one thing is certain: retrofitting would upgrade your home from an old outdated building to a new, energy efficient home, which will reduce the cost of your power bill.


Why is there a need to retrofit your home?

Piecemeal changes can work well without considering knock-on effects on the house variables but prefer to be performed in isolation. Many homemakers, for example, have blocked a fireplace or have replaced drawn wooden window frames with modern PVC or PU options. While these changes would minimize heat loss, they may also knock-on ventilation, resulting in increased moisture accumulation. There is a possibility that moisture will reach an unsustainable level and probably increase the risk of damping and mold, without adequate ventilation steps being taken. 

It is also too easy to spend on an upgrade without expert feedback, which doesn’t produce excellent results. For example, if a home owner actually enjoys an improved return on investment by installing a solid wall insulation, he will decide to install solar panels. Such interventions may have a detrimental impact in other areas if performed in the wrong order , for example: if the windows are replaced later, the wall isolation may be broken. 

A retrofit plan takes these factors into account to build an energy efficient, well-ventilated home that is rational and highly efficient.


Stages of Home Retrofitting Plan

  1. Maintenance. It is important that a property is in good shape before beginning a home improvement project. Before any advancement or additional facilities begin we say this must be a priority.
  2. Moisture Testing. The moisture transfer through the home is studied as part of the retrofit, including places where high humidity levels occur. A set of measures can be built from this knowledge to guarantee an effective energy efficient transfer of humidity outwards.
  3. Ventilation. Adequate ventilation is important in close connection with moisture regulation! While earlier properties typically have a reasonable amount of natural fan, modern properties often need a retrofit to maintain humidity at an appropriate level through complex ventilation steps.
  4. Auditing materials. New materials lack a more conventional porosity for older choices. Due to the number of factors that impact material choice (including esthetics, building heritage and future maintenance costs), an improvement provides the possibility of reviewing the available materials and choosing those that are ideally suited to the site.
  5. Taking damp into consideration. Damp can not only be caused by poor isolation but also by water rising over the foundations or a long-lasting leak. The retrofit method includes the evaluation of the root causes of leaks and the implementation of corrective measures to fix them and to remediate damage caused by dampness.
  6. Bridging. Materials absorb heat at varying rates, some parts of the home can easily escape warm air while others can remain warm. When it comes to temperature control, the limitations of those contrasting areas can cause problems.

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Spaulding Concrete is made up of a team of specialists for structural renovation, seismic retrofitting, soft-story retrofitting, residential earthquake proofing and tenant building development.  The members of our team are your partners in safety and earthquake protection who listen to and recognize the needs of the building owner and offer their earthquake retrofitting solutions from beginning to end.  We enjoy delivering excellent service here at Spaulding Concrete and we live up to our values with every client.The qualified concrete experts at Spaulding Concrete will be on schedule, on budget and meet or exceed standards by careful planning, professional execution, and strict quality control.  To schedule your free quote, call or email us today! We are proud to serve Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Martinez, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood and the surrounding areas.