Industrial Buildings: Common Structure issues

Industrial Building : 5 Common Structural Issues

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Industrial Buildings come in different shapes and sizes, which will vary depending on the needs of the company. Historically, industrial buildings design are designed with robust structural systems so that it remains in service for numerous years. 

A defect is a building flaw or Industrial design mistake that reduces the value of the building and causes a dangerous condition to the building. A construction defect can arise due to a lot of factors, such as shoddy workmanship or the use of inferior materials. 

5 Common Structural issues in Industrial Buildings

1.Damaged Columns:

Interact with any experienced forklift operator, and they will let you know of a column that’s always in their way. Also, check with any column, and it will tell you its arch-nemesis is an experienced forklift operator. Regardless of the type of industrial or manufacturing facility, if forklifts or tugs are operating inside, there will be damaged columns.

2.Damaged Walls:

As same as columns, walls can take a beating inside an industrial facility. Generally, damage is caused by internal operations. Anyhow, we’ve seen numerous examples of damage to exterior walls caused by landscaping operations or truck traffic around the perimeter of the building.

3.Cracked Lintels, Bowed roof, Leaks:

If there is a fault with the industrial structural wood used in the roof structure of your home, it can cause issues to lower down the building if weight is not being distributed correctly. Signs could include cracked lintels over windows and doorways. Other indications could be a bow in the roof. Structural timber repairs have traditionally been time-consuming and expensive. Even if it was possible to bolt a new timber section on, the bolt overlap was so long that it was mainly the same as replacing the entire timber.

4.Overstressed Framing:

Through the years, operations inside the industrial facility change and grow, various equipment or utilities were added without regard to the capacity of the original structure. This can lead to overstressing and potential failure in the fabric. This overstressing makes it worse when an individual attempts to cut/chop/notch the original structure.

5.Inadequate Maintenance of Exposed Structure:

 Common issues encountered include 

1) inadequate cleaning of the gutter ( a shallow trough fixed beneath the edge of a roof for carrying off rainwater ) and roof drain systems to prevent ponding water on the roof.

2) The coating system on exterior steel is beyond its service life or the steel was never coated/galvanized to protect against corrosion.

3) Improper maintenance in exposed concrete surfaces.

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