Why do I need a structural engineer?

To help answer why you need a structural engineer, let’s explore what the role of a structural engineer actually is.

What is a structural engineer?

In the context of residential property, a structural engineer’s job is to design and plan. They also ensure the correct procedure is followed during the construction of new buildings or extensions.  It is within the remit of their job to assess all the factors involved in exerting stress on a building. They will make a decision on whether the proposed structure will be able to survive under these forces. Structural engineers are capable of calculating and comprehending the stability, strength and durability of a building. So, if you are thinking of planning an extension or have bought land to build a new home on, a structural engineer will be integral to your project. Let’s take a closer look why this is.

Explaining the role a structural engineer will play in your project

In terms of what the structural engineer will bring to your particular project, they will make the necessary crucial calculations and drawings. These are the docs that will be submitted to get that all important building control approval. You will then be able to use the very same drawings to show to as many constructors as you wish. This will help you to get the most accurate quotes possible for carrying out the work. Above all, their job is to ensure that the proposed extension or new build is not only feasible, but safe.

Details of the projects they assist with

Alterations to layout, extensions or new builds

We all get to a stage when we feel like we need the extra room. Maybe it’s children, maybe pets, or perhaps an expanding record collection! Either way, a structural engineer will prove vital in helping to design the extra space you require in the most efficient and of course, the safest way possible. They will be able to ensure that the foundations of the extension are properly reinforced and assess how any extension will impact on the existing structure, prior to the work being carried out. The very same is applicable to a new building project.

Structural inspection before purchasing

If during a survey of a prospective purchase your surveyor suspects any structural damage, and you are still of a mind to go ahead with the purchase, it is vital that you have a structural engineer assess the building and give a full report of what the damage entails. Only then can you make an informed decision.