Soft Story Failure is Preventable With Building Retrofitting Says Foundation Expert
LOS ANGELES, CA: Julian Construction, Inc., (http://www.julianconstruction.com/) a foundation repair and general contractor construction company in Southern California, is offering soft story building renovation to correct soft story buildings where they exist. Soft story buildings are those where one or more floors have large openings where normally there would be support for the upper floor. To prevent soft story failure, the company is working with Southern California residents and building owners to improve the reinforcement of these soft story buildings as a part of earthquake preparation.
The company’s building safety inspection expert, Shawn Kyles, spoke on the soft story retrofitting process: “The retrofitting process begins with an inspection by a qualified building contractor who has experience in soft story earthquake retrofitting. Several factors are taken into consideration when developing the retrofitting plan. Types of retrofitting include strengthening existing walls with braces or plywood, anchoring walls to the foundation and adding shear walls. The goal of the retrofitting is to make the building earthquake ready and safe by increasing the structure’s lateral stiffness and strength.”
The full text of Mr. Kyles’ article can be read here: http://julianconstruction.com/preventing-soft-story-collapse/
Julian De La Torre, founder and owner of Julian Construction, stated: “If your home or business’s building is a soft story building, if you see that a large portion of the ground floor is unsupported somehow, it needs to be fixed. Call a specialist to do an inspection right away. With the inspection done you will know if the building needs to be reinforced and brought up to code. The process is not too hard to do by a trained professional. The retrofitting process will help ensure that the structure will not collapse, particularly in the event of one of the many earthquakes California experiences. You need to be prepared for it with a properly reinforced building.”
Julian Construction owns its own company and is built on a “no middlemen” model – no salesmen, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323 733-3377, by fax at 323 733-4477 or via their website, www.julianconstruction.com. You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog, at http://julianconstruction.com/blog/