Kansas City may not be a common location associated with natural disasters, but the city and surrounding areas are actually prime for a variety of dangerous possibilities. There is a risk of water damage from Missouri River floods, fire damage from kitchen mishaps, damage from vandalism, destruction from tornadoes, snow storms… — the list goes on. In any case of disaster damage, ServiceMaster DSI provides restorative construction services in Kansas City, MO, St. Joseph, MO, and Overland Park, KS.
We provide post-disaster construction services that cover painting and refurbishing to roof replacement and anything in between. One of the most important parts of fixing a damaged home is choosing a reliable material, especially during frame reconstruction. There are many options for house framing materials, but the best choice is a mixture of the following:
Dimensional Lumber: Despite new advances in building technology, saw-cut lumber still has its place in housing frames. Most lumber is cut from soft woods like pine. It may warp, but it’s the cheapest lumber and has a good compression rate. This means vertical beams can take a lot of downward-pressing weight.
Engineered Lumber: This specialized lumber is a composite of wood, glue and resin. Though it’s more expensive than sawn lumber, it uses 30% more of the tree and can support more weight. The two common types of engineered lumber used are laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and I-joists. All the grains in LVL run in the same direction, so these beams are very stable and will hold up a lot of weight without sagging. I-joists are shaped like the letter I, so they offer more stability and surface area for attachment.
Sheet Goods: Sheet goods are used in tightening the skeleton frame of a house before the exterior sidings is put on. Usually sheet goods are plywood or other types of composite-wood. They keep the frame from moving side to side, especially during strong winds.
Steel (bars and connectors): Steel isn’t commonly used in residential frames, but it can increase structural strength, especially where wood meets wood. Steel has a greater tensile strength than lumber, so pairing the two will increase a building’s resistance to Missouri’s high winds and flooding.
If you need help with disaster damage, our teams are on call 24/7 to offer restoration services. Contact ServiceMaster DSI for post-damage construction services in Kansas City, MO.