Protec provides accurate and comprehensive building inspections and reports in order to plan your maintenance requirements.
To avoid expensive future repairs of your assets we recommend carrying out annual inspections on large concrete structures or confined spaces.
Conducting an organized building inspection at least once a year should be part of every building manager’s operations and maintenance program of the building enclosure to identify signs of deterioration or failure. Until a problem is observed, it can’t be fixed. Documenting deterioration or water infiltration conditions will allow you to plan prompt repairs or, for minor issues that don’t demand immediate intervention, to monitor the area over time. Should conditions worsen, you will be able to look back at past inspection logs and evaluate how deterioration has progressed, so as to determine an appropriate course of action.
Regular Inspections Are Key to Building and Structure Envelope Integrity.
We provide pre-audit scans for contractors and developers as well as performance audit scans for new condominium boards with quantifies areas due for repair..
For developers and general contractors it can be quite the hassle to find and fix the countless number of deficiencies that are generally found at the end of construction or at the end of a performance audit. Using Protec Vertical Solution to review the exterior of the building envelope is a quick and easy way of mapping all deficiencies with precast, concrete, brick work, caulking and windows. Effective mapping allows for quick remedies of these issues.
For a new condominium board the performance audit is one of the most important tasks which must be completed in between 6 and 10 months after a turn over. Scanning and finding all the issues with the building exterior is critical at this stage because it is the last time you’ll be able to submit claims to have the developer rectify any issues. Our systematic visual inspection makes it easy to find and identify issues, getting contractors directly to the issues. Inspection comes with full photo documentation.
When and Why to Inspect:
By correcting minor problems before they become major ones, the prudent building owner or facility manager can extend the lifespan of building components and avoid major capital expenditures. Regular inspection can also identify materials approaching the end of their service life, so that replacement can be scheduled and budgeted in advance. Otherwise, building systems will fail without warning, requiring rushed and, often, unsatisfactory emergency repair.
Our inspectors should check exterior walls for defects. For masonry walls, they need to check for spalling, cracking, movement, failed joints, and efflorescence — all of which are potential entry points for damaging moisture.
EIFS is not the only envelope material with which joints between dissimilar materials is a concern. In most exterior wall construction, these joints are filled with a sealant. If the wrong type of sealant was installed or if it has lost its elasticity due to exposure, it can easily form cracks, splits, or tears. To limit damage, inspectors will closely inspect all joints filled with sealants. The best time to inspect is when temperatures are cool and joints are at their widest, making failed sealant easier to detect.
We provide professional advice and visual PDF reports for maintenance issues including:
- Building elevation condition assessment
- Digital photo and video documentation
- Material samples and testing
- Independent engineering reports
Regular Inspections Are Key to Building and Structure Envelope Integrity!