Enhance the safety of your home with effective retrofit
In some of the largely populated cities of the world like Los Angeles, soft story and non-ductile concrete buildings can put the residents’ life and property in danger due to their inefficient and poor construction. A building is considered a soft story if it has multiple floors that are built above an open space such as garage or a storefront. There is a chance that the first floor which is significantly weak will not be able to withstand the strong seismic force which could result in collapsing of top floors on the first floor. Even buildings with more than two wood frame stories are also considered soft story. Hence contact a reliable and experienced soft-story retrofit company and ensure safety of lives.
Make the right decision
Retrofitting is an expensive decision hence it is advisable to choose the best soft-story retrofit company and get the best value for your money. Although nowadays marketplace is flooded with numerous retrofit companies but before taking any unambiguous decision consider few aspects and have peace of mind
- Evaluate the reputation, credibility and performance of the company
- Ensure that the company is licensed, insured and bonded
- Make sure the team inclusive of administrative staff, engineers, construction workers, etc. have adequate experience and expertise
- Compare the cost of a few renowned companies and then choose the best
- Check the companies previous work and ask for referrals
The process of the retrofit is time-consuming and complex. It includes several essential steps such as creating a site plan of building; bring the plans to the City Plan Checkers, preparing quote the cost of construction, construction planning and then finally actual construction work start. As retrofits are no more something that used to be recommended instead it is now mandatory in Los Angeles hence to avoid legal consequences take prompt action if you have already received the notice for retrofit. There is certain timeframe for completing the retrofit construction which is usually 7 years from the date the owner received the notice.
With the right retrofit company by your side you can be assured that the company will provide fats, feasible and cost-effective solution after proper evaluation of the condition of your building.