What structural engineers do
Structural engineers analyze a building’s ability to withstand forces and stresses. They’re called during the design and construction of homes and buildings, and they’re consulted when existing buildings face structural issues.
- Review home plans to make sure it is safe for occupants and can withstand mother nature.
- Analyze the safety and strength of new homes in various stages of the construction process by inspecting the foundation, walls, and the infrastructure
- Approve home plans or new homes as structurally safe.
- Analyze the structural safety of building additions or remodeling projects, mostly those that involve removing walls.
- Assess the extent of structural damage from things like shifting foundations, termite infestation, mold, fire damage or water damage.
- Assess the structural integrity of a home during a real estate transaction.
When do you need an structural engineer
You may want a structural engineer for many reasons. If you are planning a large structural project, it is often beneficial to have an engineer take a look at everything beforehand.
A few examples of when you may need a structural engineer:
- Addition to your home
- Knocking down walls
- Cracking walls
- Door frames that no longer work correctly
- Cracks around windows
- Large construction project
- Buying or selling a home
- $100-$150 an hour
- 2015 average for home projects is $525