Spring is just around the corner for the rest of the country, but in sunny California, the weather has already turned to a balmy, pleasant 60-70 degrees. However, every rose has its thorn, and spring warmth is accompanied by storms that often bring high winds across the Southern Californian coastline that can damage homes and businesses. If you find yourself facing spring storm damage, call ServiceMaster Absolute for post-disaster reconstruction services in San Diego, CA.

When working with any contractor to rebuild your home or business after a disaster, there are several choices you need to make. For example, if the damage is severe enough, you may need to choose a frame material. In honor of springtime, here are some greener options to choose from when rebuilding your home or business:

Certified Wood: Wood is a staple in almost all construction work, but there are options for buying more environmentally-friendly wood to minimize foresting. Certified wood is harvested sustainably. Organizations like the Forest Steward Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) ensure the wood they certify has been logged with alternative, safe methods.

Engineered Lumber: This lumber is a composite of wood pulp, resin, glue, and chips. Because it uses 30% more of the tree than regular dimensional lumber, engineered lumber is slightly more sustainable. Fewer trees need to be cut down to make engineered lumber, and it can be manufactured using tree species that regenerate more quickly.

Recycled Steel Studs: Steel studs can be used in metal or wood framing to stabilize beams. Recycled steel studs are environmentally friendly because they use recycled materials. They are dead straight just like regular studs, so you don’t have to worry about warping or sagging.

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs): SIPs reduce the materials needed to rebuild a structural frame because they combine insulation with the structure-forming materials. This combination of foam insulation and oriented strand board can be used for walls, floors, and roofs.

Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC): This building material takes the place of wood, insulation, house wrap and drywall by combining them into one product. AAC cuts down on the materials needed in rebuilding a standard stick-frame.

These are just some options you can choose to rebuild your home after storm or other disaster damage. When you need help with disaster damage, contact ServiceMaster Absolute for post-disaster reconstruction services in San Diego, CA.