As a homeowner in Australia, keeping your home stylish and well-maintained all the time should be a top priority. Many homes need a total makeover, especially if the foundation is worn out and the entire décor is outdated. It is; therefore, important to contact a professional to help you make the appropriate upgrades and renovations of your home. Here are some of the benefits of hiring a structural engineer.
When improving or creating a new design for your house, you can benefit from the services of structural engineers. While architects are concerned with layout plans and non-structural components, structural engineers handle the design of structural components. However, structural engineers collaborate with architects to ensure your structure is safe and efficient.
Apart from creating designs for your house, a structural engineer will recommend the right materials for the project. Relying on the discretion of a professional engineer will help you choose materials that can withstand the load of your house. The engineer will also advise you based on the availability, safety, and cost of building materials.
Remodelling/Renovating your Home
A structural engineer understands the design of your home and will advise you on the appropriate renovations. The expert will use precise drawings and calculations to help them with their renovations. Additionally, working with a professional will ensure the renovations are according to the appropriate building standards and regulations.
A structural engineer will also help you construct additional buildings, convert lofts, repair doors and windows, and improve walls. In some jurisdictions, the builder's statutory insurance requires a structural designer to be involved in house remodelling. Make sure you enquire from your designer to determine whether this is the case in your jurisdiction.
Inspection of Your Home
If you are extending an existing property, a structural engineer will inspect your property to ensure everything is in order. The professional will examine the floor framing, the type of roof framing, and the location of your wall framing. An inspection of the layout and shape of your building will reveal the floor and wall cladding and any other clues regarding the building's structural framing.
A structural engineer will also replace your walls. The engineer will inspect your home to determine whether the wall is load-bearing. Thereafter, they may install a new beam to replace the damaged wall. Construction engineers are also involved in fixing damage like cracks, leaning walls, and weak door frames that are caused by drought, root growth, and inadequate drainage that can resettle the soil below your home's foundation.
Reach out to a structural engineer to get started.