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Egress window requirements/codes, Orange County, NY

Posted by william bateman on Mon, Apr 04, 2016 @ 06:11 PM

 

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Adding an egress window to your home is an excellent idea, opening up your basement to fresh air and light and most importantly the safety of your family and your pets. Across the country it has become a national code and all homes must pass inspection and have an egress window if your basement is finished. 

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Requirements for an egress window:

  • Window must be 5.7 square feet 
  • Window must have a clear opening of 20"
  • Window must be at least 24" in height
  • Window well must be 9 square feet interior dimensions
  • Sill height of window from inside floor of basement must not exceed 44"
  • Height inside window well must not exceed 44"
  • If inside/outside heights exceed 44", a ladder must be installed
  • Window must be operatable by hand with no tools
  • Bars on the outside of window will not be acceptable
  • Garage doors are not an acceptable exit

 

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What are the benefits of adding an egress window?:

  • First off, the safety of your family and loved ones
  • Better ventilation because we all know basements can be stuffy and moist
  • Added natural light which makes for a better and more heathly atmosphere
  • If your basement is't finished this is a great way go get material in
  • Added value to your home

 

 



Here at WMBCONSTRUCTION we specialize in installing egress windows and all windows around the beautiful Hudson Valley in Monroe, NY. We know what your home means to you and mainly the safety of your family. These codes were put in play for a reason and even in our home town of Orange County, NY we have seen how they have helped save lives during a fire and at the same time improve everyday live when there is no tragedy.  

Topics: basements, contractor, home, drainage, egress windows, finished basement

Snowplowing in Orange County, NY

Posted by Bill Bateman on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 @ 04:22 PM

 

 

 Hear in the Northeast we can experience some pretty brutal snowstorms which can be crippling to our homes and our families. Not being able to leave your home for work, food or even medical emergencies can be an uneasy feeling, especially for the elderly. Choosing a reliable snowplow contractor is key and will leave you with peace in mind when the storms hit.

 

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WMB Construction offers:

 

  • Residential snowplowing

  • Commercial snowplowing

  • Shoveling/snowblowing services

  • Ice control

  • Dependable service

     
     

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WMB Construction will be with you throughout the duration of the storm, big or small. When large storms hit it may be required that your property be plowed more than once or maybe even numerous time to keep up with the weight of the snowfall. Some storms may also call for heavy machinery to be brought in to move heavy snow piles or snowfalls that our plow trucks can't handle. WMB Construction has machinery to handle this service too!

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Topics: General Contractor, construction-general--monroe, contractor, drainage, snowplow, snowplowing, ice control, snow removal

5 reasons to build a composite deck

Posted by william bateman on Thu, Dec 26, 2013 @ 04:56 PM

Located in New York, WMB Construction takes great pride in building great decks for our customers. In our area here in the Hudson Valley we can easily enjoy three seasons out of our decks. Outdoor living has become extremely popular due to the fact that most of us aren't taking vacations and using the money to create a backyard oasis. With the added value and the comfort of relaxing in your own home you will easily start to see the benefits.

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Five key reasons to add a composte deck to your home:

  • Maintanance free

  • Added value to home

  • Added entertaining area

  • Great closed in area for the little ones

  • Create great memories year after year with family and friends

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Seen here is a deck WMB CONSTRUCTION built in beautiful Monroe, NY 10950. The floor is Timbertech composite twin finish Pacific Walnut flooring. The flooring has been installed using hidden fastners for a nice clean look with no exposed screw heads. Railings are a severe weather rated composite white.composite deck builder woodbury nyStaircase is a fully covered composite with no exposed lumber. Hidden behind is five custom stringers constructed of treated lumber.composite deck builder harriman ny

WMB Construction specializes in:

  • Composite decks

  • Pressure treated lumber decks

  • Concrete patios

  • Pergulas

  • Walkways

  • All phases of Home Improvements

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Topics: Construction, Composite Decking Orange County NY, construction-general--monroe, footing drain, drainage

Check out our latest bathroom remodel

Posted by william bateman on Sat, Jun 30, 2012 @ 09:34 AM

 

A bathroom remodel is always exciting and something to look forward to. Removing all of that mold and mildew to start with! WMB Construction has been tranforming customers bathroom dreams into reality for years in beautiful Orange County, NY.

 

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Most bathroom remodels are performed within two weeks from start to finish. We try to minimize any inconvenience to your regular schedule while construction is performed.

What to expect during your bathroom remodel:

  • First day all contents are removed from bathroom down to original studs.

  • Second day all plumbing and electrical is performed. New tub installed.

  • Third day all sheetrock and cement board installed.

  • By the fourth day we are usually ready to start installing your ceramic tiles on walls and floor. Tile installation can take 1-4 days depending on amount of tile and precision cuts to be made.

  • After tile has been installed and glued has dried we apply latex fortified grout to all seams of tile.

  • Paint all walls and ceiling.

  • Install all new plumbing and electrical fixtures.

  • Drop clothes are layed down everyday and removed at the end of everyday.

  • At the end of project all tools, material and garbage is removed off premises.


 

How we enhanced and protected this bathroom:

  • First we removed all over the toxic mold and mildew from bathroom.

  • Installed a new high quality  "Americast" tub in place of the old tub.

  • Replaced all corroded supply valves and tub plumbing.

  • Installed waterproof cement board on walls of tub area and on floors for superior protection.

  • Removed old exhaust fan and installed a new high powered and quiet one. Old fan was vented into attic creating mold and mildew to grow. We vented exhaust through the roof.

  • Constructed in walls shelf.

  • Installed all new high end coppertone fixtures.

  • Caulked all seams and corners in tub area for superior water protection

  • Installed new fiberglass insulation in walls and ceiling to gain more R-value.

  • Removed double hung window in tub area and added an awning window.

  • Removed soffit over tub area for more light and ventilation.


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WMB CONSTRUCTION has years of experience in the field to install the bathroom of your dreams with peace in mind that everything was installed correctly and finished in a timely matter so you and your family can get back to schedule. Leave the hard work to the professionals.


 

 

 

 

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Topics: construction-general-painting-monroe, Monroe NY, orange county ny, General Contractor, bathrooms, construction-general--monroe, improvements, drainage

Five key reasons to remodel your bathroom

Posted by william bateman on Tue, May 22, 2012 @ 12:52 PM

A bathroom remodel is most likely in the near future for many of us. The naturally moist enviroment of your bathroom will take its toll on any room over the years. WMB CONSTRUCTIONhas been professionally remodeling bathrooms for years out of Monroe in beautiful Orange County, NY

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Hidden behind your ceramic tiles you may find mold, mildew and rot. When we renovated this bathroom we found that the toilet bowl flange had been leaking for years which called for major repair to the subfloor.

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Tub areas always take a beating due to the fact they are always in contact with water. If you don't take care of your tub, it won't take care of you.

 

Problems with this tub:

  • This is the cheapest tub you can install, a steel tub. As you can see, the drain has completely rotted out. this wouldn't happen with a cast iron or Americast tub.

  • Diverter is too low. When showering water hits your body and goes behind schutching plates creating leaks over time.

  • Caulking maintainance has not been kept up on this tub.

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New tub, cement board, plumbing and tile and the bathroom takes on a whole new smell and look.bathroom kitchen remodel hudson valley ny

Five Key Reasons for Bathroom Remodel:

  • Added value to your home

  • More healthy enviroment for you and your family

  • Upgrade your bathroom for a more modern look

  • Faster sale of your home. Kitchens and bathrooms make for faster sales at a higher profit.

  • Peace in mind that all mold and mildew has been removed

 

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Topics: Monroe NY, orange county ny, bathrooms, Construction, construction-general--monroe, drainage

What is a Curtain Drain?

Posted by william bateman on Sat, Sep 17, 2011 @ 09:31 AM

What is a curtain drain?

Curtain drains are essentially trenches filled with gravel covering perforated pipe acting like a gutter system to remove unwanted water away from your home. The trench is lined with filter fabric to ensure that the perforated pipe with remain free of clogs from dirt and silt over the years.

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Why you might need a curtain drain:

  • Areas of your property where you have unwanted water pooling

  • Water issues in your basement(curtain drains work great in conjunction with you homes footing drains)

  • Remove water away from retaining walls and driveways

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With any drainage project performed by WMB Construction , we always use more gravel than necessary. Gravel is natural drainage that quickly filters water to your perforated pipe and away from your home. Most drainage contractors under due this step leaving your curtain drain system practically useless.

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How we install a curtain drain:

  • Dig a trench 18"-24" deep in the ground

  • Line trench with filter fabric

  • Install a 4" perforated pipe in ground pitched out to daylight

  • Fill trench with 3/4" gravel

  • Regrade dirt

 

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 WMB Construction specializes in:

  • Curtain drains

  • Footing drains

  • Sump Pumps

  • Foundation sealing

  • All phases of Home Improvements

 

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Topics: General Contractor, basements, footing drain, excavating, drainage, excavation