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As a business or homeowner, do you know what to do when disaster hits your property? Is a general contractor or restoration specialist the right phone call for repair services if your building is struck by fire damage, flooding, mold, or any other natural disaster?

The answer to that question is more straightforward than you might think, but only if you know the difference between what general contractors and restoration contractors do.

New Construction? Cosmetic Remodel? You Probably Want a General Contractor

A general contractor is a professional who specializes in managing remodeling and building projects for homes and businesses. General contractors provide labor, materials, tools, and equipment for expansive remodels or new building projects that need to start from the ground up. They may work with subcontractors for the completion of things like electrical and plumbing.

Can a general contractor handle a restoration project? Maybe, but that’s really not their focus. They may not have the resources or teams needed to address things like:

Also, general contractors do not tend to focus on environmental and biohazard concerns like mold remediation or lead and asbestos abatement, and they may be less equipped to deal with selective demolition and other disaster recovery services.

In short, general contractors are best for new construction and cosmetic remodels, while restoration contractors are better for dealing with comprehensive recovery needs after man-made and natural disasters.

ATI Restoration Is Available 24 Hours a Day

When you are facing property damage from water, fire, or any other type of disaster, you deserve a rapid and effective response. With over 30 years of service, ATI Restoration has the skilled, licensed, and certified professionals you need to handle even the most complex of problems swiftly and completely. Available 24/7/365, we are here to assess the damage to your property and provide a clear and concise plan to help restore your home or business to its best condition ever.

To activate our 24-Hour Emergency Response service, contact ATI Restoration today. We have over 70 regional offices, enabling us to send assistance no matter where in the country you are located. Reach out today to learn how our reconstruction contractors can help get you back on your feet without delay.

Dealing With Property Damage or Disaster Recovery? You Need a Restoration Contractor

Restoration contractors are different from general contractors in several ways. Five of these are:


Emergency Response Services

Restoration contractors handle emergencies. They have response services at the ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No matter the cause of damage, restoration contractors offer immediate assistance, often including free consultations, comprehensive recovery plans, and in-house expertise to address all phases of restoration and reconstruction.

ATI Restoration is available 24/7/365, enabling us to send a crew of IICRC-certified restoration professionals to your home or business as quickly as possible after disaster strikes. We are dedicated to providing the swiftest response to your emergency, helping to reduce delays in the recovery process and get you back to normal much faster than could be expected with most general contractors.


Property Securing & Board-Up Services

Restoration contractors offer services that will secure and protect your property following a disaster. In cases involving property damage, restoration contractors will arrive and board up your property quickly, preventing more damage from flooding or vandalism. Board-up services also allow more time for the restoration contractor to work on the repairs of the property without worrying about further damage.

ATI Restoration offers board-ups after fire, during reconstruction services, and in preparation for storms and natural disasters. Utilizing reliable materials and providing expert installation, these services can play a significant role in protecting residential and commercial buildings from additional damage.


Contents Cleaning & Restoration

Restoration contractors specialize in cleaning and restoring items damaged by fire, water, smoke, and other disasters. They use advanced technologies—including ultrasonic cleaning—to restore valuable items like legal documents, electronics, certificates, heirlooms, and media. This helps to ensure that as many of your belongings as possible are salvaged and returned to their pre-loss condition.

In addition to contents cleaning and restoration, ATI Restoration provides structural cleaning and decontamination and cleaning services for air ducts and HVAC systems. These services allow us to preserve and restore furnishings, fixtures, and other items located in or on your property that may otherwise need to be replaced.


Insurance Coordination

Restoration companies will partner with your insurance company to make sure that all claims are filed appropriately. This may include documenting the damage, providing detailed reports, and communicating directly with insurance adjusters—all of which help to streamline the claims process and ensure you get the coverage you are entitled to.

As part of our Fast-Track Reconstruction protocol, ATI Restoration will also handle permitting issues and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. This helps to cut through the bureaucracy that can otherwise slow the process of restoration and reconstruction.


Environmental & Health Hazard Remediation

Restoration contractors are equipped to handle environmental and health hazard situations. This includes mold remediation, asbestos abatement, lead paint removal, and hazardous material cleanup. These issues require specialized knowledge and advanced techniques to reduce health risks and ensure a safe environment for the completion of restoration and reconstruction services.

The professionals at ATI Restoration hold several certifications and have trained in biohazard cleaning and mitigation. We make sure that all environmental concerns are handled responsibly to ensure minimal impact on the health and safety of our customers, our crews, and the earth.

ATI Restoration: Your Premier Choice for Disaster Recovery Services

ATI Restoration is the nation’s oldest family-operated disaster recovery services firm. We know the value of individualized attention, prompt and friendly service, and swift and reliable results. We combine the personal customer treatment only a family-operated firm can provide with the resources and speed you would expect from a national operation.

We employ more than 2,600 restoration and service professionals—from industries including electric, plumbing, carpentry, masonry, roofing, and finishing—allowing us to keep projects in-house, assure quality workmanship, and shorten the amount of time it takes to get you back up and running. We are equipped to handle disasters of all sizes, from minor repairs to complete reconstruction, we approach every project with the same efficiency, quality assurance, and customer care.

Our corporate culture emphasizes respect for the human story behind every disaster. Our approach is compassionate and customer-focused. We do everything possible to provide peace of mind, save you time and money, and restore your property to its previous condition—or better—as swiftly as can be done. We are here every day of the year, 24 hours a day, and ready to spring into action from our multitude of regional offices whenever you need us most.

Learn more at ATI CARES.

Do You Need a Restoration Contractor? Contact Us Right Away!

When your property is damaged, you need a restoration contractor to restore your building to its pre-loss condition as rapidly and efficiently as possible. ATI Restoration is prepared to respond, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to address your issues and expedite your recovery.

If you’re facing property damage, contact ATI Restoration right away. Our team of restoration and reconstruction experts is here to provide the support and tailored services you need to return to your home, get back to business, and resume your life.

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