Are There New Board Up Materials in the Commercial Restoration Industry’s Future?

NPR has reported that Ohio has become the first state to ban the use of plywood for boarding up vacant and abandoned houses. The usual plywood material is being replace by a clear polycarbonate clear board to improve aesthetics and help with security of the property.

In the commercial restoration industry, board up services are often used after a disaster such as a fire or a storm to secure unsafe windows, floors, walls or ceilings and protecting the building from unauthorized entry and prevent future loss. It is often imperative to make the building less hazardous. These measures are necessary not only to protect personal property but also to prevent injury or death.

What does the ban actually entail when it comes to property restoration?

Division (A) of Section 2308.031 of Ohio H.B. 463 states, “No person shall use plywood to secure real property that is deemed vacant and abandoned under section 2308.02 of the Revised Code.”   – Ohio H.B. 463 as presented by The M Report.

So it appears that the ban does not apply to businesses and residential structures in the process of repair or restoration. It applies only to abandoned and foreclosed properties in an effort to control vandalism and blight.

The reason for concern in commercial restoration was that the clear polycarbonate clear board is almost six times the cost of a sheet of plywood. This would inevitably cause an issue with estimates, and costs that would be sent to insurance companies potential raising rates on all sides.

While it does not look like a huge change in the immediate future, it’s still something to keep in mind as different laws and statutes arise.

What do you think of the Urban Blight State Law?

MLK Day: What are you doing for others?

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

DKI and our member companies provide community assistance during emergencies, working round-the-clock hours to get people and businesses back to normal quickly. While this is our job, we also choose to serve our communities through volunteer efforts, sponsoring the American Red Cross, Breast Cancer Awareness, local food drives, safety events and more.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, what are ways you and your company can help others?

What is MLK Day of Service?

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a day dedicated to turning Dr. King’s teachings into community service efforts that help strengthen local communities. While many companies and schools consider this day a holiday, it is also an opportunity to get involved in your community, and make it “A Day On, Not a Day Off!”

Visit the MLK Day of Service website for more information on how you can get involved. And, find volunteer projects near you by visiting www.serve.gov/volunteer.

Hammer Restoration Expands Service Portfolio

(Saginaw., Mich. Jan. 12, 2017) – Hammer main level chairRestoration Inc., a member company of DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, is expanding their services to modify properties for barrier-free access, customized to help its customers navigate better throughout their homes.

Hammer Restoration has over 50 years of experience serving its community to minimize or prevent disasters and emergency situations.

Recently, Hammer Restoration’s project manager, Tom Placher completed his certification for home modifications through the University of Southern California. With this new knowledge and experience, Hammer Restoration can design the specific modifications required to make a home fully accessible for its owners to continue their daily activities with ease and self-confidence, and prevent relocation.

“We recognize the unique requirements of the physically challenged, and are excited for this new opportunity to help our clients age safely in their own homes,” said Roger Thornton, Hammer Restoration’s director of marketing.

Hammer Restoration’s team has extensive experience modifying, designing and building these barrier-free buildings. Their home modifications include ADA, wheelchair accessible, universal design, and barrier free-home remodeling to support all areas of the home, including bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and more general areas.


About Hammer Restoration, Inc.

Hammer Building & Restoration, Inc. is a family owned and operated 24-hour emergency restoration services company, with locations in Mt. Pleasant and Saginaw, Michigan. For over 50 years, the Hammer Restoration Team has been serving people’s needs, offering a full range of commercial and residential restoration services, throughout the Great Lakes bay region and surrounding areas. For more information about Hammer Restoration, visit www.hammerrestoration.com.

About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to its consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit its website at www.dkiservices.com.

DKI’s New Website to Provide Support in Your Time of Need

(ELK GROVE VILLAGE., Ill. Jan. 9, 2017) – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, is pleased to announce its redesigned website: www.dkiservices.com. The site has a fresh, new look, designed to enhance usability for residents and businesses searching for local property restoration services in their time of need.

DKI’s upgraded website is both desktop and mobile-enabled, showcasing large, recognizable icons to navigate through its services. It has been optimized to link all DKI platforms under one site, providing a “user-friendly” experience across all channels. Whether the visitor is a home or business owner or a property restoration contractor looking to join a national organization, the completely redesigned site offers streamlined navigation and allows the visitor to easily browse information based on their needs.

Visitors can easily locate a local contractor by searching for their address, city and state or zip code. The search function pulls up a list of contractors in their area, providing an emergency phone number, location and website. Each DKI member website has also been revamped to display a similar look and feel of the DKI organization’s enhanced site.

This unified look follows DKI Commercial Solutions’ motto, “National Solution. Local Response.”

“We are very pleased with the newly released DKI Services site, which reinforces our DKI members as a unified group of qualified contractors. Whether our clients are looking for a national response solution, or a local presence, dkiservices.com is their one-stop resource for all their emergency service, disaster restoration or general contracting needs,” said DKI Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Matt Wright. “We will continue to update the site with new content and information to ensure a user-friendly experience, as well as the latest blogs, news stories and case studies that help our clients make the best choice in their time of need.”


About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to its consumer, insurance, and corporate customers.

Tom Placher of Hammer Restoration Earns New Certification in Home Modification

(Saginaw., Mich. Jan. 6, 2017) – Hammer Restoration Inc., a member company of DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, is excited to announce its project manager, Tom Placher, has completed the Executive Certified Home Modification Provider Program from the University of Southern California.

Placher has over 20 years of construction project management experience, scoping, estimating and bidding commercial projects. He has served as a member of the Army National Guard for the past 18 years, where he has earned numerous awards and recognition from the U.S. Military.

With this new achievement, Placher and Hammer Restoration have more opportunities to help home and businesses owners design and build barrier-free buildings, as well as upgrade and complete home and building modifications to provide barrier-free spaces.

The Hammer Restoration Team has extensive experience modifying existing homes, assisting owners and families to age in place, and give them barrier-free access to their homes, allowing them to continue living in their own home and avoid relocation.


About Hammer Restoration, Inc.

Hammer Building & Restoration, Inc. is a family owned and operated 24-hour emergency restoration services company, with locations in Mt. Pleasant and Saginaw, Michigan. For over 50 years, the Hammer Restoration Team has been serving people’s needs, offering a full range of commercial and residential restoration services, throughout the Great Lakes bay region and surrounding areas. For more information about Hammer Restoration, visit www.hammerrestoration.com.

About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to its consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit its website at www.dkiservices.com.

Local Companies Work Together Once Again to Keep CT Warm

CoatDrive_2016January 3, 2017 – Disaster Restoration Services (DRS), a member company of DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, announced that its team worked with Sal’s Clothing Restoration for the second consecutive year to sponsor the annual Button up Connecticut coat drive for those throughout Connecticut in need of winter clothing. Together, they gathered and dry cleaned 505 coats for Button Up Connecticut.

Button Up Connecticut is an organization that collects coats from various donors and distributes them to those who are in need throughout Connecticut. It was started in 1992 by Siracusa Moving and Storage Owner Dan Siracusa when he heard that on colder days of the school year, fewer children in CT came to school since they did not have the proper winter gear.

According to GOBankingRates, CT came in at number 9 on the top 10 list of the most expensive states to raise a family. With the high taxes, cost of living, and the ever changing New England climate, raising a family in Connecticut can surely be a struggle.

DRS and Sal’s reached out to local companies about Button Up Connecticut, and set up donation boxes at their properties. The businesses that brought in the most coats were awarded by having donations made in their names. The first place winner was Bouvier Insurance from West Hartford, CT, with 47 coats donated, awarding them a $300 donation in their name to the Connecticut Food Bank. The Michael Keating Insurance Agency from West Hartford, CT came in second place with a donation of 40 coats, awarding them a $200 donation in their name to the Salvation Army. State Farm Agency-Anne Coppola from Ansonia, CT earned third place, donating 34 coats, awarding them a $100 donation in their name to the Connecticut Humane Society.

To learn more about the organization, visit www.buttonupconnecticut.com


About Disaster Restoration Services

Disaster Restoration Services is available 24/7 and services all of Connecticut and Massachusetts. DRS provides services for: Water Damage, Fire Damage, Storm Damage, Mold Remediation, and Repairs. For more information, visit www.drscleanup.com or call (877)-280-7961 to find out how they are “Doing Restoration Strong.”

About Button Up Connecticut

Button Up Connecticut’s mission is to collect clean, new and gently used coats and distribute them to residents in need all across Connecticut. The coats are received from individuals and various companies, schools, churches and other organizations throughout the state, who run their own coat drives and donate the coats they receive to Button Up Connecticut for distribution. The coats they collect are provided to local non-profit agencies (schools, churches, children’s homes, shelters, food pantries, and other social service agencies) by appointment only for distribution to their clients. Agencies can set up appointments to get coats for their clients by emailing Kara Lucht at [email protected] or calling the Button Up Connecticut Hotline at 860-259-0239.

About DKI

DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to its consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit its website at www.dkiservices.com.

About Sal’s Clothing & Restoration

Sal’s Clothing Restoration specializes in restoration dry cleaning. Whether damaged from fire, soot or water, Sal’s is here in your time of crisis to take care of your family like one of their own. Sal’s handles losses quickly, efficiently and with the utmost compassion. They are family owned and operated and cover all of New England and the metro New York area. Call toll free (877) SAL–SOOT and see why they are “A Trusted Name in Dry Cleaning.”

About Siracusa Moving and Storage

Siracusa Moving & Storage has been helping New Britain families and businesses move across town and across the country for more than 25 years. Family-owned and operated with several affiliates nationwide, helps them provide their customers with high-quality moving services at affordable prices. For more information, visit www.siracusamoving.com or call (860)-225-9144.