Structural Engineering

Top 5 FAQs About Structural Engineering

Giving someone the duty of organizing your building services is a daunting task, so you’ll need to make sure you’re working with a firm that you trust and that you ask them the right questions.  So, what questions do you need to ask a structural engineer? Let’s dig in. What is a Structural Engineer? Structural …

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3 Reasons Why You Need to Hire a Structural Engineer

There are many reasons to hire a structural engineer for your industrial, commercial, or residential building project. Whether you’re starting from scratch or already have designs and drawings to work with, a structural engineer is there to make sure your vision comes to life safely. The services provided by a structural engineer are often comprehensive …

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Pitched Roof: Types & Common Defects

Pitched Roof: Types & Common Defects

Pitched roofs are the most common types of roofs found on buildings. They are most often used because they effectively shed water, whereas the other type of roofs, such as a flat roof, aren’t. A pitched roof is most likely to be found on the main buildings on most domestic properties. Types of Pitched Roofs …

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Subsidence: Why Insurance Claims Spike During the Summer

Subsidence: Why Insurance Claims Spike During the Summer

Several big-name insurers have reported subsidence incidents are up 20%, causing a spike in insurance claims. The reason for this was due to the hotter than typical summers we have been experiencing. Read on to find out how the subsidence damage claims are linked to our hot summer. As the UK’s building stock is mainly older buildings, …

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RICS Building Survey: Why It’s Essential for Home Buyers

RICS Building Survey: Why It’s Essential for Home Buyers

Most of the time, mortgage lenders will request a Building Survey report for insurance purposes; this is mainly to ascertain significant defects that would not be covered in their insurance policy for the property. Moving into a new home can be an extremely stressful period in a person’s life. With current values in the property market, it …

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Top 5 Things About Your Party Wall Agreement You Need to Know Before Renovating

If you live in a semi-detached or terrace house, then you share a wall (or walls) with your neighbour. That wall is known as a party wall. Party walls usually separate buildings belonging to different owners but could include garden walls built astride a boundary – known as party fence walls.  Where a wall separates …

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Which Building Survey Do I Need?

A house survey is a professional inspection of a property’s condition and identifies any potential buyer issues. It’s completed by a surveyor who visits the property, carries out an assessment, and prepares a report outlining any problems they’ve found. It’s an excellent way to avoid unexpected repair costs. Getting a survey for a house or …

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Common Flat Roofs Construction Types & Issues

Common Flat Roofs Construction Types & Issues

We often see flat roofs at our UK Kingston surveyors’ office, so we’ve written up a piece all about flat roofs and their construction. Flat roofs are often found on extensions and outbuildings; however, they can sometimes be found on flats and commercial buildings. In general, they tend to be less effective than pitch roofs …

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11 Common Defects in Older Homes

11 Common Defects in Older Homes

A large portion of older buildings, such as Georgian and Victorian houses, were designed to be breathable. Lime mortar and clay bricks were very popular in the Georgian and Victorian periods. These materials are permeable by nature, meaning when the water hits the external envelope can be absorbed and evaporated. Combined with the use of …

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Case Study: Edwardian Cottage Burst Pipe in Roof Space

Case Study: Edwardian Cottage Burst Pipe in Roof Space

One of our Surrey building surveyors carried out a building survey for an Edwardian cottage, in which there was an extensive amount of dampness. We tested for damp (which we do in all building surveys) assessed the repair property. There was also another significant defect in rotten timber windows in which there was evidence of …

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