Although residential construction and commercial buildings have some similarities, the differences are important. A commercial foundation must be able to safely support thousands of tons, between the structure, people, and other materials and supplies inside the building. It is vital that you have a foundation company that has the engineering experience to make sure that the soil under the structure is stable enough to support the weight of the building and that the materials used to build the foundation are also strong, stable, and secure.
There is no set size for a commercial building, so the contractor working on the construction should be able to adapt to anything from a one-floor office to a multi-story building. Matthews Structural Solutions employs a structural engineer to make sure that no matter what kind of foundation is needed, it will be the right size and stability for your building. There will be different construction methods and materials needed, depending on the type and size of the commercial foundation and the building.
Most commercial foundations today are built using piles. Matthews Structural Solutions wants to make sure that the materials we use match the level of expertise that we have. We use commercial piles manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP). ECP is the leading manufacturer of foundation repair equipment in the industry. The piles are driven through the soil until they reach a strong base. This creates a permanent support for your commercial building, giving it the stability it will need for years to come. Once the piles are placed, the foundation can be built upon the piles and construction will be completed.
There are a variety of causes for commercial foundation damage in the Pittsburgh area, however, the most common reason a foundation begins to fail is due to the soil settling. If the soil underneath a commercial structure becomes oversaturated or shifts due to poor construction techniques or natural reasons, the foundation may settle unevenly, causing stress to the structure. This may manifest itself in sticking doors or windows, cracks in walls or floors, or crumbling foundations.
Fortunately, the damage from a settling foundation can be reversed and stopped entirely. The sooner repairs are begun the less time, money, and effort it will take to implement a solution. The engineers at Matthews Structural Solutions will inspect the property and determine the cause of the problems. If the foundation is settling, they will most likely suggest that underpinning is performed to stop the foundation from settling. The foundation is stabilized by installing piers or piles into the soil under the problem areas. The load of the building will be transferred to the underpinning, relieving the stress on the structure. Once the building is stabilized, the entire structure will be raised to its original height.
For over 35 years, Matthews Structural Solutions has been providing commercial foundation repair to the Pittsburgh area. We offer quality structural engineering and can provide both repair and new construction services to you. We offer both commercial foundation repair and structural design engineering, ensuring the project is in good hands from start to finish. Contact the professionals at Matthews Structural Solutions today to keep your commercial property, strong, stable, and functional.