When to Hire a Structural Engineer
Structural engineers identify, evaluate, and design the physical integrity of a building, specifically dealing with forces resulting from dead and live loads. They can be crucial for new construction, a number of renovation projects, and also if you experience problems with your structure’s foundation. Below are some reasons why you may need a structural engineer
Wall Cracks (Internal/External)
This type of issue can be indicative that structural movement has occurred. Cracks are common and often can be a result of settlement within the home. Other times, there may have been a structural failure, such as a broken truss or failed joist connection that you were unaware of. If you have any doubts or concerns, hire a structural engineer. Extensive, wide, multiple, or long cracks should be examined immediately by a structural engineer.
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Remodel or Rennovation
Adding a sunroom to your home is an exciting addition! There are many factors to consider such as:
- How large will the space be?
- How many windows?
- Will there be electricity?
- What will be supporting the addition?
All of these questions are related to calculations which a structural engineer will need to know to determine the amount of load in the space. It is crucial to have a structural engineer review the design plans, calculate the weight on the structural members, and make corrections as needed. The structural engineer will also make sure the building components are the proper sizes and types for the integrity of the structure. They will also consider how the addition is connected to the current structure and how the additional loads will affect the existing home.
Alteration of Existing Floor Plan
If you are looking to build your dream home, a structural engineer can create a detailed foundation plan with structural integrity and efficiency in mind. Engineers have a tremendous impact on the quality and resilience of your house. They are responsible for the structural safety of the building and this involves a lot of factors. Your home needs to be able to withstand the worst weather your particular area can throw at it. Rain, wind, snow, seismic activity, and more need to be accounted for. Also, it is necessary to evaluate the soils of the potential site making sure the existing grounds are suitable for the build. A structural engineer will design the foundation taking into account the type of soil your home is built on.