Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.
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Are you planning some building work and wondering whether or not you will need to call on the services of a structural engineer at any stage? As a general rule, a structural engineer will only need to be contacted if you are undertaking any work which could have an impact on the stability or structural integrity of the building. This building work might include extending or renovating your property or doing anything which might affect the foundations of the building. If you have any concerns about the way your building work could affect the structure of your building, then it makes sense to call in a structural engineer to make some calculations and prepare professional drawings to make certain that your plans are safe and that all of the work carried out on your property will be fully compliant with building regulations.
Are you building something new?
It's not just renovations and rebuilds that provide work for a structural engineer. If you are building a new home for your family, how confident are you that you are erecting a strong, stable structure that will last for many years? A structural engineer should be brought included in your building team from the earliest stages to ensure that your plans are viable and that the construction is carried out exactly as your plans stipulate. It is their presence on the site that will ensure that your new building will be safe to use and compliant with all established legal standards.
Do you need a building inspection?
While the work of a structural engineer is commonly associated with a building site, that isn't the only place where you could use them. Have you noticed that the roof of your home is starting to sag or that cracks are developing in the foundation? If you are concerned about the stability of your home or any other existing structure, then a structural engineer will be able to inspect the building and let you know whether there are any reasons to be concerned.
Call on an expert witness
A final occasion when you could benefit from the services of a structural engineer is when you need an impartial opinion. Maybe you have become embroiled in a dispute with a neighbouring property owner over a structural issue or a boundary dispute. In those situations, an impartial, expert opinion can be invaluable, and a structural engineer is perfectly suited to that role.Share