Nevins Engineering, PLLC

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Structural framing in Austin, TX, for a commercial building.

Our company offers structural framing evaluations in Austin, TX, for your commercial building.

Structural Framing Evaluations in Austin, TX

The framing elements of your home or business can become distressed or even fail due to foundation movement, material degradation (e.g. rotting wood), storm drainage, incorrect sizing of framing members, increased service loads, long-term deflection, and insufficient lateral bracing. These problems could lead to stability and safety issues. With our structural framing evaluations in Austin, TX, we can make sure your home is stable. To make sure that your property isn't facing any of these critical issues, call now to schedule a structural assessment service.

Potential Symptoms

If your home or business exhibits the following structural framing distress problems, it is strongly recommended that you have your structure evaluated by an independent professional engineer:

  • Sagging Ceilings or Floors
  • Sagging Beams
  • Leaning or Cracked Brick
  • Water Damaged Members
  • Separation Between Wall & Ceiling
  • Doors & Windows Not Closing Properly

Non-Destructive Evaluation

Nevins Engineering provides a thorough and non-destructive evaluation for new residential and commercial construction, assuming that engineered drawings are available. During the structural inspection, we cover the affected areas of distress, including:

  • Visual Exterior & Interior Observations
  • A Vertical & Horizontal Framing Deflection Analysis
  • Exposed Framing (Attic) Observations
  • Conclusions
  • Remedial Recommendations, if Necessary
  • A Sealed P.E. Report

The engineering report will include, as necessary, beam calculations and on-site photographs. The report will be sealed by a professional engineer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why should I hire an independent professional engineer?
A. A licensed real estate inspector can determine if a foundation or structural member is inadequate, but they cannot formally (or legally) inform you as to why it is inadequate or what remedial measures are required. He or she will often recommend that the structure is evaluated by a P.E. (professional engineer). A P.E. will be able to determine the reason why the structural member is noncompliant and, if necessary, what remedial repair options are available. Only a P.E. can legally inform you of the structural condition and integrity of a building. By hiring a P.E., you will not have to pay twice. A further benefit is that the opinion in the report is independent as Nevins Engineering does not have an interest in prescribing an expensive repair.

Q. When should I call a framing repair company?
A. You should contact a framing repair company after it has been determined by an independent professional engineer that remedial repairs are required.

Q. How long does an inspection last?
A. It depends on the size and complexity of the job, but a typical residential inspection will last approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.

Q. What is your fee?
A. Our fee is dependent on the size of the structure and the issues afflicting it. Generally, our fee schedule begins at $350 for a typical residential structure two-story home enclosing approximately 2400 sq. ft.

Q. Do you inspect new construction?
A. Yes. We provide structural framing observations if engineered drawings are available.

Q. Do you offer structural framing design?
A. Yes. We can provide framing design services for residential remodels or new construction.

Q. What information is required before design?
A. The design process requires architect drawings, building footprints, and a geotechnical report to inform us of the strength of the soil. This allows us to ensure that the foundation won't crack. Additionally, we need to know how many stories the building will be, what type of material are to be used, what support material will be used between floors, and the type of roofing.