Temporary shoring is a construction method that provides strength and structure to a damaged building to help minimize the risk of further structural integrity loss and increase safety for working crews as well as anybody else who might need to occupy the space. By no measure is shoring a permanent fix, but it is a vital in-between phase that makes the process of reconstruction both easier and safer. Through the application of temporary walls and beams, construction companies like LaPointe Construction can preserve what remains of a space while figuring out the next step in reconstruction.
When Should Temporary Shoring be Used?
Temporary shoring can be used on any structure that has sustained significant enough damage to threaten its overall stability. That being said, there are still specific circumstances wherein calling a company like LaPointe Construction to install some shoring should be placed highly on one’s priority list:
- If the building has sustained great damage from a fire, flood or other natural disaster. In many cases some of the damage that a building has taken isn’t apparent immediately, but the application of shoring can prevent further damage from being done.
- If the foundation of your building has cracked or otherwise become damaged in a way that causes damage to the exterior walls.
- When there is a big construction effort on a building that involves removing one or more exterior walls.
- If the exterior walls of the building are beginning to bulge outward. This creates structural issues that can put the overall integrity of the building in jeopardy if left alone.
- In the case of two attached buildings, a special type of shoring called a “flying shore” can stabilize the remaining building while the other faces demolition or extreme restructuring.
All buildings, residential or commercial, occupied or vacant, can benefit from the use of temporary shoring if any of the five scenarios above have impacted the structure.
The Surprising Benefits of Temporary Shoring
Aside from increasing stability for damaged buildings, temporary shoring provides some unexpected benefits that you should strongly consider utilizing if you find yourself in a situation where it is required. Some of these benefits include:
- Using temporary shoring on an exterior wall acts as an effective deterrent against would-be intruders and vandals. A wide, open space of damaged wall makes for an ideal entryway for people who will take advantage of it.
- Increased stability creates a safer working environment for contractors who are working on repairing the space. If an accident was to occur on the work site and cause injury to a worker, that is another set of issues that you don’t want to be dealing with after a disaster.
- Insurance companies will note the existence of temporary shoring as a means of reducing further damage, which can reflect in how financially helpful the insurance company will be after you’ve made your claim.
With over 50 years of experience, LaPointe Construction can guide you through the process of analyzing your building’s damage and arranging temporary shoring during the reconstruction period. Call us today at 978-447-5991 for a consultation with our construction professionals.