4 Key Components to Make a Building Last a Lifetime

Updated: Feb 10

1. Engineered Plans and Inspections

While there are many buildings out there that have stood for years, the best ones are always engineered. For a building to be correctly engineered there must be on-site inspections. British Columbia requires that the engineer do, at a minimum, one on-site inspection. The rest can be done through photos sent in by the contractor or builder.

2. Solid Foundation

The foundation is the most crucial part of any building. There are two styles of foundation that are far superior to any others. The most common foundation is concrete. Whether it is a post frame or a stick frame building, an engineered concrete foundation is preferred. An excellent alternative to a concrete foundation, is screw piles. As with the concrete foundation engineered screw piles will withstand the forces the building will exert on them.

3. Quality Material

A key component to a strong and durable building is using quality materials. The materials should be suitable for what they're used for. On-site engineering inspections will ensure the correct materials are being used. Don't be afraid to ask about the manufacture warranty on the building materials. With most cladding and siding you can expect up to a 40-year warranty. There may be some products such as wood finishes that will need maintenance to last and may not be covered under warranty.

4. Professional Builder

Hiring a professional builder, will tie the above three points together. A professional builder will communicate effectively from the planning stages right through to completion and beyond. The payment schedule and contract will be clear and fair. They will include engineering and inspections. An engineered foundation will be part of the package. The right builder will use a skilled and efficient building crew. Choosing a builder you can trust is extremely important.

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