Hiring structural repair specialists requires making sure they have plenty of experience for the type of work you need done. Improper installation is one of the biggest reasons large projects must be redone at higher costs. Here are important points to consider when it’s time to hire structural repair specialists.
Defining Structural Repairs
Structural repairs can be any type of repair work to structures within a building, regardless of the building type. They can be performed on various materials from concrete to steel to wood. It may involve adding beams for stronger support or removing old defective beams.This work may also involve adding steel, wood or cables to strengthen support or repairing roof damage from condensation.
Knowledge of Standards and Codes
The most reputable contractors operate within the framework of industry standards and best industry practices, as well as building codes. Experienced contractors who are committed to serving communities rather than the entire nation understand the importance of following local structural codes. National firms might not be up-to-date on all the various communities they serve. Knowledge of the region’s history is also important for predicting the amount of seismic activity that may occur in the future and how it will affect structures.
The amount of retrofitting experience a contractor has is important since there are many different facets to this area of construction. Structural repair specialists should know the difference between different types of structures and how they should be treated. One of the main concerns for retrofitting a heavy concrete tilt-up building where seismic activity has occurred is to keep the roof from pulling apart in an earthquake, which is crucial for concrete tilt-up and reinforced masonry (CMU). In the case of un-reinforced masonry (URM), specialists will need to add roof to wall connections, continuity ties and sometimes new plywood.
Seismic retrofitting begins with a structural engineer and construction company reviewing the engineering plans. These experts must determine the materials, tools and strategies for the project. The work may require specialized roof nailing to protect against roof condensation. Another way to reduce condensation is to trim the roofing system foil so that the roofing system can breathe better.
Contact Saunders Seismic Construction at our California, Oregon or Washington location to learn more about the steps you need to take to ensure that your retrofit is high quality and able to withstand strong forces such as earthquakes.