2. RIGHT ON THE MONEY
Homeowners want peace of mind, and we deliver it. You want to know that your budget is credible and costs are being closely tracked. Have a look at our Transparent Financials for more details on how we manage your precious resources.
3. A FIRM FOOTING
Many builders pour their footing and foundation in one pour. Why do we do it differently? Because pouring footing and foundation at one time results in a 1×4 wood piece remaining embedded in the concrete every two to three feet throughout the foundation. Over time, this wood rots and gives water a path to travel past the foundation and into the home under the slab. We pour the footing and foundation separately so no wood is ever trapped in the concrete, a critical step to ensuring a dry basement.
4. SMART DRAINAGE FOR A DRY BASEMENT
A flooded basement is a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Many builders use the cheaper “Big O” exterior drainage pipe to remove ground water from around the home and keep the basement dry. But Big O pipe becomes clogged easily, and cannot be cleared without damaging the pipe. That means the pipe must be dug up. To save money and headaches, all of our homes come with perforated PVC pipe and multiple cleanout access points. This smart investment now will increase the chances that your basement stays dry well past the warranty period.
5. WATER OUT, CONFIDENCE UP
On the outside of each foundation we install an air gap SUPERSEAL dimpled membrane to prevent moisture penetration. We’re so confident in its effectiveness that it’s backed up by a 40-year material and 10-year labour warranty. With over 20,000 documented installations there has never been a reported failure of this membrane.
6. BEHIND THE DRYWALL
We take hundreds of photos of the entire construction process. We’ll even take video at critical stages. We take over a hundred photos of the home before we insulate. This makes it possible for us to trace wires, pipes, and waterlines long after your home is finished. Knowing what’s behind the drywall is invaluable in the event that you decide down the road to move a door or window or add a light fixture. You’ll get a copy of all photos on flash drive on completion of your home.
7. ENERGUIDE RATING
While most builders struggle to get over 80, we have averaged over 85 on our last 8 projects. Not only do our homeowners receive up to a $3200 rebate, their lower energy bills will be the gift that keeps on giving for the life of their home. Check out the Energuide program for more information on this government program or view one of our reports.
An airtight home is an efficient and comfortable home. Attention to detail, conscientious subtrades, and strategic use of spray foam helps to achieve an airtight home on a budget. Our average 1.94 air changes per hour for the previous 8 projects is far superior to the industry average. We blower door test each home.
An R2000 home has superior energy efficiency, indoor air quality and the use of environmentally responsible products and materials. Read more about the R2000 standard at the following link: R2000. Clay Construction is a certified R2000 builder.
13. PROTECTING THE CONSUMER
15. BUILDER TREND
Accurate and timely communication is essential for a positive building experience. See our video at Builder Trend to see how we communicate with our clients. From the schedule, budget, inspections, daily logs, photographs, contracts, permits and worksafe clearance letters we upload these items to BuilderTrend.