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What is Structural Engineering?

When it comes to property, the structure is important. Without a solid, reliable structure, a building will simply fall down. This is where structural engineering comes in. Providing expert advice and opinions to all kinds of building projects, it’s only a matter of time before you need to consult a structural engineer. But what exactly is their role and how can you benefit from their services?
Find out more about structural engineering and when you might need one below.

What is a structural engineer?
A structural engineer is a key person when it comes to building a property. It’s their job to find ways of making the building safe, ensuring it is structurally sound, and frankly, doesn’t collapse or fall over. They’re an important part of any construction team, and there are all kinds of projects you could need a structural engineer for.
Structural engineers hold the necessary qualifications to be able to provide the right advice and make key recommendations regarding a property, which is why it’s important you choose a reputable engineer for your project.

When will I need a structural engineer?
There are multiple occasions where you might need a structural engineer, including:

If you plan on renovating your home, a structural engineer will be able to make recommendations to architects and builders around any work needed to help the property stay structurally sound. Structural design calculations will contain cost information and drawings that will be essential for construction, and may also be used to obtain the planning permission needed for the work (if applicable). Some key renovation projects which call for a structural engineer include:

  • Property extensions
  • Changes to doors and windows
  • Fitting solar panels
  • Loft conversions
  • Removing or modifying internal walls
  • Underpinning floors
  • Chimney breast removal

Structural inspections
A structural inspection could be necessary if your property is showing signs of structural damage, or if you’re buying a property and need a detailed structural report. A structural engineer will be able to make a thorough assessment, identifying the causes of certain issues, while also recommendations for their repair. A structural inspection could save you money and time, making sure your property is built to last.

For an expert witness
If you discover a structural issue within your home that results in a disagreement with another party (such as a property seller or a construction company), a structural engineer could be called as an expert witness to provide impartial information. While they can be brought in to help with court proceedings, their assessment and advice can stop things getting to that point.

Finding the right structural engineer
Whatever you need one for, it’s important to find the right structural engineer. As well as ensuring they have the right certification, a structural engineer should also have Professional Indemnity insurance.

It’s important to know exactly what you’re going to be paying your structural engineer upfront to ensure you avoid any surprises when it comes to fees. At Blue Sky we’re able to provide you with a free, no-obligation quote to help you with your structural needs. Specialising in many areas including new builds, property renovations, historic buildings and more, we’re a recommended choice for structural engineering services.

If you need structural engineer services for your property, contact Blue Sky today and we’ll be happy to talk you through our services.