What are Structural Calculations?


More people than ever before are making alterations to their homes and it has become a preferred option instead of moving house.

It is easy to see why so many homeowners are preferring to make alterations to their homes, more so than ever before, especially with planning laws being slightly more relaxed when it comes to property extensions. In addition to this, stamp duty, interest rates and uncertainties within the property market at present would make it even more understandable.

The right home improvements give homeowners the chance to save money whilst increasing the equity on their property. However, it is critical that the work is carried out correctly by a reputable construction expert, which, will include detailed drawings and the correct structural calculations and design for the project.

What are Structural Calculations?

Structural calculations will look at various elements of the construction. As the name suggests, they calculate the resources needed and the potential costs involved in doing the work. They also highlight any risks. The calculations include everything from foundations to walls to rafters. They form the basis of a structural calculation report.

A Structural Engineer must produce the report. It’s required as part of building regulations and proves that any new construction is safe and fit for purpose. It also provides a guide for the builder, helping them easily identify and address any potential issues.

For example, if a design calls for the removal of a wall, the builder can quickly see if it is load-bearing. If it isn’t, they can go ahead. If it is, it might not be as easy to remove as was first thought and alternative solutions will need to be identified. In the long run, this means working on a structural calculation report can save a lot of time, money, and effort.

When do I need Structural Calculations?

Not all construction projects will require structural calculations, design and a report. For example, if you are building an extension or a loft conversion, you will need structural calculations to ensure that the structural load is supported as part of the design and build process and to satisfy building control.

Where there is s load bearing wall involved or the need to provide structural support, then it is imperative that structural calculations are carried out. However, if you wish to remove a wall that is non-load bearing, this would need to be checked by a structural engineer but will not require any calculations or design. In this case, a simple survey from a professional structural engineer will be adequate.


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