It’s a question I’m often asked. That being: “I’d like to add on to an existing building instead of starting from scratch. The building is good enough and I have a plan. Can you do that?”
While you may think that adding on to existing will save you money in the short-term, consider some of the benefits of detached, stand-along buildings—and the risks you may run into when attaching on to current structures.
The recent rash of building collapses across Western Canada due to heavy snowload highlights the importance of constructing your building to code—and doing it in the strongest possible manner. Building stand-alone, robust structures can help mitigate your risk, versus adding on to an existing building which may weakening a building’s structural integrity.
Consider the following risks before adding on to existing buildings
Keep these points in mind if you’re thinking about an addition to your building. By constructing a stand-alone building, you will have a robust building that will give you more value for money—and less headaches—in the long-run.
Brent Feyter, Senior Designer with Structural Truss Systems in Fort Macleod, Alberta, has more tips on ensuring strong roof systems.
“Every winter it seems we get the news reports of roof systems failing, both farm and commercial, due to large snowfalls and every time it begs the questions as to what can be done to avoid failures in the future,” says Brent Feyter, Senior Designer with Structural Truss Systems in Fort Macleod. “Every failure will have its own causes or contributing circumstances so it’s good to be aware of what some of these can be in order to prevent future failures as much as possible.” Here are a few things to consider when building a new building, or if need be, adding to an existing building:
“Engineered wood roof trusses are designed for the loads specific to their intended use, based on the information truss designers receive–so the more information supplied, the better,” says Feyter. “For more information on engineered wood roof trusses, visit the Western Wood Truss Association of Alberta website.”
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