Crack & Structural Repairs
It takes an expert to determine whether cracks in the foundation walls of your property, residential or commercial, are considered easy to repair and of no great significance, or whether they are due to a major structural defect.
Repairing major structural cracks can be very expensive, which is where the services of a registered, established and trusted structural engineer with the requisite experience are an absolute necessity in saving you time and money in the long term.
A qualified expert will be able to determine the type of repair work that will be required, and what the details of the most effective repairs will be, without adding to your expenses by advising structural repairs where they are not necessary.
Allowing an unqualified person to assess whether the cracks are structural or not is going to waste a major chunk of your budget, making it essential to get quotes from at least three highly qualified and trusted structural engineers in the Somerset West area.
There are three types of cracks, which will all require a different approach, although most cracks include a little of all three of the major categories of cracks and structural conditions, and only an expert can determine the extent and structure of cracks in your walls.
Exceptions to cracks in foundation walls include things like tree roots pushing their way up into walls, but on average, cracks in foundation walls mainly occur within a few years of completion of the building and tend to go unnoticed by owners long after they are initially formed.
If you are buying that new home you have your heart set on, it is possible that you may miss a few of the most important details in the information overload you will experience during the viewing stages, and at the top of the list of those that can be overlooked are structural and foundational defects.
Even if you have been living in your home or running your business out of a commercial property for many years, the first signs of cracks should be viewed as a warning that if professional inspections and repairs are not carried out as soon as possible, you may be looking at a far greater expense the longer you allow them to settle in.
The major categories of cracks are horizontal, diagonal or vertical, and most cracks often a combination of all three; only a professional will be able to make the right diagnosis to save you time and money in the long term.
Minor settlement or normal shrinkage issues are the major cause for narrow vertical cracks and not as a result of structural defects, however, horizontal cracks are of far greater concern, especially if your walls are block foundation walls.
If inward movement is not severe or excessive, cracked foundation walls can be permanently repaired, it is only when inward movement exceeds safety requirements in its ability to provide vertical support for your property that calling in an expert to carry out structural repairs before it increases, is going to cost you a lot less than replacing the wall completely.
Painters Somerset West will ensure that you receive three quotes from fully vetted, highly reputable structural engineers in your area, saving you time and effort by recommending only the most qualified inspectors available in the industry, with just one request for 3 quotations, from one source!
Upgrade your home or office by contacting Painters Somerset West for expert guidance, this team is fully invested in recommending the best in the industry at great rates, and with the help of their online price comparison tool, you can be absolutely sure that you will be getting value for money!