Richard C. Michalak
Fully Licensed/Full Insured
Specializing in the Removal and Replacement Structural Supports
Whether it’s from years of neglect, damage from water, snow and ice or even an accident of some kind, sometimes, the repair that is needed falls into the area of structural reconstruction. Often we see rotted sill plates, supporting columns and beams on homes and businesses that compromise the structural integrity of the building and inevitably the liability of the owner.
Replacement of these structural supports needs the attention someone who has experience in supporting structural loads, who is licensed and fully insured. First and foremost, the safety of the people who own the home or building, as well as the people doing the work, is paramount.
This is where a professional comes in! Someone fully licensed and insured is going to get the job done right; quickly and safely and get your home or business back in shape. I specialize in this field of construction, and have been for well over 30 years. After a full assessment of the damage I am able to find out what needs to be removed and replaced. The reconstruction of the effected areas can be quick and painless putting your mind…and wallet at ease.
Each job is not always the same. Sometimes the damage can easily be fixed from within the home, while other repairs can be made form the exterior of the building. Maybe it was termites that had eaten through the exterior sill plate of the home, it could be water damage behind the boiler, or possibly in a crawl space below the house; in any case, the problem can always be fixed. An opening is made to expose the damaged section(s). This allows both access to the problem as well as determining whether or not there is more damage than what is seen from inside. In many older homes and business there are often several layers of exterior coverings to go through before the problem area can be found.
Once the problem has been located, the real work can begin; proper removal of the rotted and/or damaged areas. Sometimes it may be simple as the affected sections may not be that large. For larger sections, this is where careful jacking of the structural supports needs to be done. Support structure failure is an obvious concern, however, with experience and proper preparation I can mitigate the possibility of further loss.
In addition to the structural supports failing or being damaged, there is often irregular settling that has occurs over time; beams sag, floors dip and ceiling and walls crack. Part of the repair associated with sill replacement, is to bring the structure back to its original state, or as close to as possible.
Once the damaged sections have been removed, quality building materials are used to ensure proper stability of the structure once the work has been completed. Pressure treated lumber is used where any wood will come in contact with stone or concrete. This is a Code requirement in all building regulations. Proper sizing of kiln dried lumber can be used to strengthen and build up the areas. In some cases there is light wall framing that may be needed to repair where the rot has taken its toll.
Once completed, the exterior coverings as well as any interior sections that were removed for the construction are repaired as needed and replaced accordingly so that your home or business will be back in shape; safe and sound.
If you have damaged sills, beams or supports of any kind and don’t know where to turn, give me a call…I can help!!
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