The main goal to any seismic retrofitting job is to keep your building from collapsing or sustaining irreparable damage in the event of an earthquake. Because California is one of the most seismically active states in the country, this type of project is a must for any property owner within the state.
Retrofits are specifically designed to make your buildings safer, less prone to earthquake damage, and safer for occupants of the building and people in the surrounding area.
In order to do a seismic retrofit, you will want to hire a seismic retrofit contractor.
A Well-Rounded Skillset
When hiring a company for seismic retrofitting you’ll want to make sure that you inquire about how long they’ve been in business, what their skill level is, and what expertise they offer in seismic retrofitting. Make sure the company you choose has various skill sets. They need to be:
- Experienced in your type of building
- Experienced in retrofits
- Experienced in structural repairs and reinforcements
- Experienced in installation tactics
- Use in-house crews to perform the work
Training and Experience
As of right now, there is no certification process for seismic retrofit contractors. That’s why it’s essential for you to do your own background research before hiring. In order to make your choice, it’s essential to review their experience, as well as any formal and informal training.
Word of Mouth and Reviews
One of the best ways to find the right seismic retrofitting option for your property is to simply ask around and see if anyone you know recently needed seismic retrofit and what company they hired. Hearing firsthand from someone who worked with the contractor will help you better understand the extent of their work, the professionalism with which they conduct themselves, and what to expect from the process.
Consider the Cost
When choosing a seismic retrofit company, it’s tempting to just proceed with the most cost-effective option. However, this is an undertaking where it’s essential not to cut corners. Ensure that the estimate includes all components of the project and defines the full scope, and choose quality over cost. Remember, a seismic retrofit is an investment, and the up-front cost is less important than the eventual savings in property, repairs, and lives.
If you are in the Southern or Northern California areas or in Washington and Oregon, you will need a professional company to do your seismic retrofitting, consider contacting Saunders Seismic for more information.