Where Buildings Fail

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Where building fail


The most important element in a new building is the water resistance factor.


When a building is new and freshly painted, it is hard to see its flaws.


But it is in the months previous to its completion that the assistance of an architect would have been invaluable.  Sun and rain are merciless in the South Florida climate.  Once the building is completed and occupied it is too late to make provisions for the sun and rain.


But where could a competent architect been useful?  An architect’s value is in the design and construction documents phases, of course, but also in the construction phase.


Of the utmost importance are the flashing and roofing details to keep the water out.  But it does no good if the architect takes the time to design and detail these, if the contractor does not implement these in the construction.   Most buildings fail by not keeping the water out.   And if the architect had an opportunity to look at the flashing as it is being installed, then it is likely that it will be installed correctly.


Did the contractor install the windows and doors correctly?  Did he apply sealant around all of the windows, doors, and thresholds? 


Where houses fail


What about hurricanes?  What damage is the most prevalent?


  • Unbraced gable ends cause gable ends of buildings to fall

  • Lack of tie-downs or concrete columns at the corners could cause the entire structure to move off the foundations

  • Improperly attached roofing shingles, tile and roofing paper could cause rain inside the house

  • Improperly attached windows and doors could detach during a hurricane and allow the wind to come in and cause havoc inside the house

  • Improper attachment of metal or wood to concrete beams could cause these to detach at high winds and tear off the roof


Again, an architect hired to review the on-going construction process could go a long way to prevent failures in the building or house after the project is completed.


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