- May 29, 2014
-- LOS ANGELES, CA: Julian Construction, Inc. (http://julianconstruction.com/)
a general construction and foundation repair company in Southern California, has campaigned for earthquake preparation and specifically made homeowners aware of how home retrofitting plays a part in being ready for an earthquake. Retrofitting is the process of modifying a structure by adding new components to make the building stronger. Julian Construction stresses that this is an essential step in ensuring a home will remain structurally stable in the event of an earthquake.
There are several ways in which a home can be retrofitted, depending on the home’s specifications and the condition of the foundation. Shawn Kyles, Julian Construction’
s chief home inspection specialist, has written an article covering the different uses of retrofitting. Mr. Kyles stated: “Following the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the severity of structural issues in residential neighborhoods varied considerably from house to house depending on the steps each homeowner had taken to fortify their home. Statistics show time and again that during seismic activity, houses that have been retrofitted will have less damage than a home that hasn’t been reinforced. This was the case in the Long Beach earthquake of 1933, which resulted in the structural failure of brick buildings without reinforced masonry walls, including many school buildings in the area. Buildings with reinforced concrete had very little, if any, structural issues. In the aftermath of the magnitude 6.25 quake, California’s Riley Act was adopted, which required local governments throughout the state to establish building departments and inspect newly constructed homes and businesses. During the years that followed, new building codes were implemented requiring the bolting of any wooden walls to the structure’s foundation.”
Julian De La Torre, owner and founder of Julian Construction Inc., stated: “Retrofitting is an important step for a home, depending on the circumstances of the structure. There are several methods which are designed for different situations. A homeowner looking to retrofit their home should contact a foundation specialist and get a foundation inspection which will determine exactly what steps to take. That way you can be sure that you are ready for the next earthquake and your home will remain structurally stable for years to come.”
Julian Construction owns its own company and is built on a “no middlemen” model – no salesmen, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323 733-3377, by fax at 323 733-4477 or via their website, www.julianconstruction.com. You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog, at http://julianconstruction.com/blog/