why should I hire
a structural engineer?
Has a Waterproofing contractor told you that your home has a structural
Although these professionals have extensive
knowledge in preventing water from entering your home, very rarely
do they have an engineering background. Structural engineers are
trained to understand the forces and stresses acting
in your home. Structural engineers can evaluate cracks and other
possible structural problems to determine if repairs are necessary.
We can offer
an expert opinion as to how serious your problem is and what an
appropriate solution would be.
Has a contractor proposed an expensive repair to your foundation?
These professionals are knowledgeable, but they
have an inherent conflict of interest since they are trying to sell
work to homeowners after they have diagnosed a problem. Even though
they can recognize problem signs, they do not have the training in
analyzing the forces and stresses that affect your home. We can
provide an objective evaluation
since we will not be performing the remedial work.
I have noticed that I have termite damage in my house. Why should I
hire a structural engineer?
Many times termite damage
weakens the floor joists and walls of your home, but does not require
any structural repair. A structural engineer can observe the damage
and direct you as to whether or not a repair is necessary. Most
contractors will advise homeowners to replace all wood that has been
damaged by termites. They do this since they do not have training
in structural engineering.
Have you applied for a building permit and had the local permitting
department tell you that you need to have your plans stamped by a
If the issue is structural, such as
retaining walls, lintels, framing plans, and foundation plans, we
can provide that service.