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Structural Repair vs General Repair Not all buildings are the same and thus, no two “repair jobs” are the same. Sometimes a simple piece of handyman work will suffice, other times, there is need for structural repair. What we want to do, is help you distinguish between structural repair and general repair as the two terms are not interchangeable really.
And we write it to serve as a guide for owners and building managers to identify when to call for general repairs and which building conditions are deemed appropriate to call in structural repair specialists – like Remedial Building Services.

This entry was posted in Concrete cancer, Residential, Strata, Structural repair, Tips

Is Your Balcony Safe and BCA-Compliant? Whilst less reported, incidents of falling have become more prevalent than drowning in the pool or the bath. In this blog I talk about the Building Code of Australia’s requirements in keeping  your building’s balcony and balustrades safe and compliant with the standards so you don't contribute to the statistics!

This entry was posted in Residential, Strata, Structural repair, Tips

Advantages of Replacing Faulty and Old Windows Did you know the replacement of windows could yield one of the highest returns on your large residential, commercial, or industrial building? New windows are designed to not only insulate against the weather, but also provide better acoustic performance allowing you to save money on heating and cooling plus as relevant, charge a premium as required for resale or rental.

This entry was posted in Facade upgrades, Maintenance, Strata, Window replacement

Looking For Specialists in Large Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Structural Repair? As with all things in life, there are specialists for most things. We are specialists in larger structures – we understand them, we know what is required to fix their issues and we have the equipment and capacity to perform the required work. Learn what the difference is between structural repair for larger buildings vs smaller ones. 

This entry was posted in Commercial, Concrete cancer, Residential, Strata, Structural repair

Like all elements of a building, over time they need maintenance repairs or even replacement. In this blog we discuss the many aesthetic, practical and functional reasons why you should consider upgrading your windows.

This entry was posted in Facade upgrades, Maintenance, Strata, Window replacement

Tinted Render Vs Painted Render Thinking of redecorating or giving your property a face-lift?  Then you might consider rendering your brick walls, or painting an existing rendered surface. What some people do not realise is that there are two key decorative options which can be considered.  

This entry was posted in Facade upgrades, Residential, Strata

It can be a daunting task understanding roles and responsibilities in strata building maintenance. Does the load solely fall on the Owners Corporation? Should it fall under the remit of the building manager (if that role even exists) And what roles do strata managers and tenants play? Take a look through this blog to learn more about who does what.

This entry was posted in Commercial, Maintenance, Residential, Strata

Covering up a potential Fire Hazard As evidenced by high-profile fires in the last three years at Grenfell Tower (London), Lacrosse Docklands
(Melbourne) and the Torch Tower (Dubai), non-compliant fire panels – the type which have been used
extensively in Australia and around the world – represent a major fire hazard which can lead to multiple
deaths when a fire does start within the building.

This entry was posted in Cladding, Fire upgrades, Strata, Structural repair

Structural Foundation Issues: What Are They and How They Can be Resolved Like your own general health, the best way to protect your building is to undertake routine checkups and maintenace. This allows you to notice when things start to look different and quickly identify issues which may need attention. We've put together a guide to help you notice key signs and what to do about them. 

This entry was posted in Facade upgrades, Strata, Structural repair, Tips

Fire Upgrades for Building Code Compliance If you're issued with a Fire upgrade order, or are just looking to update your building so it is in line with the code, there are a number of considerations you need to be aware of. In this piece we discuss what they are and what you need to be aware of. 

This entry was posted in Commercial, Fire upgrades, Residential, Strata

A Guide to Appointing the right Structural Repair Specialist In the situation that you do need to hire a structural repair specialist, it is important that you find the right one, but knowing what to look for – for something you have little experience with – in a contractor can be somewhat overwhelming. To help make life that little bit easier, we have put together a cheat-sheet on hiring a structural repair specialist.
 

This entry was posted in Concrete cancer, Facade upgrades, Strata, Structural repair, Tips

Boosting the Value of Apartment and Office Buildings with Fa├žade Upgrades First impressions count. When people are looking for an apartment to live in or an office space to buy or rent, they will look for buildings with attractive, safe-looking modern facades first.

This entry was posted in Concrete cancer, Facade upgrades, Strata, Structural repair

Reporting and Repairing of Structural Damage in Strata Buildings A recent national survey on strata-titled property – conducted by Queensland’s Griffith University and reported on Domain shows that building defects (physical problems found in the infrastructure or outer finish of a building) are the number one issue facing apartment owners in 2015.

This entry was posted in Concrete cancer, Strata, Structural repair

Certified Fire Doors Can Save Lives

The issue of fire safety is one which is very close to our hearts at Remedial Building Services. The opportunity to do our part, by giving building occupants the best chance of survival, is all the incentive we need really.

This entry was posted in Commercial, Fire upgrades, Strata, Tips

Buyer Beware - The Pitfalls of Properties with Structural Issues

Things to be aware of when buying a new house or unit

This entry was posted in Concrete cancer, Strata, Structural repair

There is a saying along the lines of “A man (or woman’s) home is their castle”. I have no idea where the saying originated, but I think many of us can relate just the same. Home is where we feel safe, where everything is in order and where everything just feels right. Whilst we may enjoy this truth on the inside, sadly outside is not always the same. In some instances it is gardening duty and in others, building repair. Sadly, in many instances, Mother Nature works to conspire against dreams of our house being a castle, causing buildings to suffer from the effects of the environment (too often this is combined with poor quality construction methods).

This entry was posted in Concrete cancer, Strata, Structural repair

Treat Concrete Cancer When it Becomes Apparent

I was reminded this week of the need to fix structural issues as they become apparent and to not delay maintenance. I was discussing the importance with a potential client who believed that fixing concrete cancer was as simple as removing the drummy concrete and rendering over the exposed area. I explained to them that this was a myopic view and one which would cost them more money in the short and medium term. They didn't want to agree, arguing that no immediate action was necessary to rectify the underlying issues I had explained. When they said this, I was reminded of the old expression which I will paraphrase here to make my point:

This entry was posted in Concrete cancer, Strata, Structural repair

I was recently reading an article posted in the Sydney Morning Herald (“No end in sight to waiting game on Bunn Street”) about an apartment complex in Pyrmont Sydney with chronic structural issues and fire safety non-compliance.  Due to these issues, residents had been forced to move out of the building in 2009 until such time the identified issues were rectified. Sadly, the residents are still not back at home in their apartments; instead, they are being housed at a cost of $90,000 a month, in Zetland.
This is just mind boggling. Not only is the cost of housing the residents elsewhere an unnecessary drain on the coffers of the NSW Government, but it is a gross imposition on the residents themselves who have been moved across town from the waterside suburb of Pyrmont to Zetland, a suburb in close proximity to the airport. 

This entry was posted in Concrete cancer, Home warranty insurance, Strata, Structural repair

For some time there has been debate over the alternative solutions to concrete and structural repair issues. Some argue that treating the visible signs and monitoring them closely is a solution, whilst others put forward the thought that rapid response will ultimately lower the long term costs to the owner.

This entry was posted in Concrete cancer, Strata, Structural repair