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  • Roof Repairs in New York City: What You Should Know

    Roof Repairs in New York City: What You Should Know

    When you live in New York City, every little bit of space you can use is important. This includes rooftop spaces, and when you entertain frequently on your roof you need to be mindful of what could go wrong. So if you are in need of roof repairs in New York City, you should contact the professionals.

    Understand Your Roof's History

    It's important to know whether or not the roof of your building was ever designed for people. For example, when the building was originally designed, it may not have accounted for 20 or more people standing on it at the same time. This means that over time, the roof may be compromised by the excessive wear and tear from people.

    Protect Your Roof

    If the roof is used as a social space, be sure to implement a plan in order to keep it clean and protected. This means that you shouldn't leave bottles, cans, or other kinds of trash on the roof. By removing any trash or even furniture that sits on the roof, you can help to prevent it from clogging any drains, getting stuck in any vents, and from simply damaging the roof itself.

    Finding Damage

    When on the roof, it's also important to look around. If you notice any damage, such as separation of materials, trash stuck in places where it should not be, you need to get it fixed. By finding problems when they are small or just starting, you can save your money in the end, because you keep the problem from becoming too big and expensive.

    Roofs are not only functional as part of your building, but can add additional entertaining space. In order to fully enjoy the space, you must be responsible and take care of it. To learn more about how we can help you if your roof is in need, please contact us.

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  • Foundation Reconstruction and Repairs

    Foundation Reconstruction and Repairs

    Time and construction often take their toll on buildings. Older buildings often cannot handle modern construction or elements and need to be repaired or reinforced. Vault and foundation reconstruction is a procedure that has the potential to be very costly. Some buildings require to be reinforced rather than be totally reconstructed, but this is not always the case. Many reasons surround the need for foundation reconstruction and many solutions exist to aid in this reconstruction.

    Why a Foundation Needs Repair or Reconstruction

    There is a multitude of reasons as to why a building needs routine repairs and reinforcements. A bulged or cracked wall is an indication that the very foundation of a building is not very solid. Professionals are able to detect the means necessary to repair or reinforce these cracks. However, if a problem cannot be addressed without excavating a wall or foundation, reinforcement is out the window and the need for the entire reconstruction of the foundation is in.

    Of course, it is far more costly to reconstruct a foundation than it would be to repair or reinforce it. This often deters people from allowing the reconstruction to be done. It is important to note that an entire building can crumble if the foundation is not stable or properly built to support it. A one-time cost is surely better than a long-term or permanent problem.

    Pilasters are common tools for repairing a building's foundation. Pilasters are typically preventative measures to take against a foundation cracking further. They add stability to a foundation that does not have a lot of damage.

    Steel I and U-beams are used on foundations with minor damage as a result of movement. They are like pilasters and they add stability to a foundation. They also assist in preventing further damage.

    Foundation anchors are used in more serious circumstances. These tools anchor a damaged wall to surrounding soil. This, of course, prevents movement and further damage from taking place.

    To conclude, vault and foundation reconstruction or repairs are necessary for all buildings. Historic buildings especially need constant maintenance to ensure that common damage does not have the potential to become a more serious problem.

    For more information on vault and foundation reconstruction, please contact us today.

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