Maintaining Safety and Increasing Property Values

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Buildings represent an incredible investment opportunity, but only if you preserve them. Without upkeep and repairs, the value of your property will fall. Whether your building is residential, commercial, or industrial, we can provide complete consulting and repair/rehabilitation Building Restoration Services.

The engineers at McIntosh Perry have decades of experience not only in building construction but also in advising owners and property managers on repairs and upgrades. We have worked with condo boards / strata boards, rental apartment building portfolio owners, real estate investment trusts (REITs), commercial building owners, architects, and general contractors. We can both assess current building condition and advise on building restoration solutions, including which ones pay off in terms of property value increases.

From foundation to rooftop, we can help with all parts of your building. Our building science expertise is so trusted that we’re often called in to troubleshoot issues that other firms and contractors have missed. We go further to communicate clearly in layperson’s terms so owners understand what the information means to their future prosperity.

Our optional project management services can ensure the work is done in a timely and cost-effective way. We can handle all or some steps of the process, depending on your needs.

Call toll free 1-888-348-8991 to find out how we can help.

Complete Building Restoration Services

Our services include:

  • Building condition assessments
  • Performance verification testing – learn if your building is performing as designed
  • Investigation for future repairs, including finding root causes of “mystery leaks”
  • Specification and drawing preparation
  • Project management
  • Tender document preparation, including permits
  • Contract administration

We also provide structural engineering and hazardous materials services.

Areas of Expertise

Our expertise includes all parts of the building, with the exception of elevators and decorative elements.

Concrete Repair and Restoration for Parking Garages and Balconies

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Parking garages and balcony slabs are particularly vulnerable to the ravages of water, salt, temperature change, vibration, and simple wear and tear.

The cause of concrete deterioration of parking garages and balconies is usually corrosion of the reinforcing steel embedded in the concrete—resulting in concrete balcony repair. Reinforcing steel is usually in a passive environment. However, chloride and carbonation can destroy this passive environment, thus initiating corrosion in the presence of air and water. For a solution to be effective, it has to account for the full extent of the damage and needs to be executed properly.

For maximum lifespan, building owners or managers may need to be educated about any preventive options (such as waterproofing or crack injection) that may be available.

Concrete Testing

Concrete testing and restoration are paramount to safeguard the longevity and safety of buildings. We perform thorough checks and use a variety of proven methods to assess strength and durability.

This is especially important during restoration projects to identify weaknesses and ensure safety standards are met. Our concrete restoration services include repairs, strengthening, and retrofitting to make structures stronger and more resilient.

Walls and Windows

We can help with all types of cladding repairs and replacement, including masonry, windows, curtain walls, EIFS (exterior insulation and finish systems), and sealant. Our extensive database of materials and their performance in the real world can help you understand which solutions work best in the long term.

Roofs

Proper testing is vital for roofs, especially for high rises, as leakage problems will inevitably follow the pull of gravity. We are also fully qualified to execute any repairs and upgrades (including preparing roofs to become recreational areas or installing green roofs).

Testing for Water, Air, and Energy Leaks

We use a variety of testing types (depending on the issue), from simpler water and pressure tests to advanced systems like thermographic imaging, electrical vector mapping, and digital mapping.

We can help you learn if your building or building elements are performing as per the design expectations at the time of construction. There are many real-world conditions that can cause building materials to age more quickly if not properly accounted for, and we can advise you on solutions.

What is a Building Envelope?

The building envelope is an environment barrier separating the exterior environment from the living space. It consists of the foundation, walls and roof—everything that keeps the weather out and the comfort in. It provides strength and rigidity when the wind blows, pressure changes, and when vibration occurs. It provides the strength that keeps a building standing and provides support for all of the users and materials it houses.

The envelope is often where a building will start to show its age. Cracks in concrete, water stains on ceilings, or even exposed rebar are signs that attention is long overdue. 

Challenges to the Building Envelope

Water

Water is one of the greatest stressors to the exterior of a building. This includes rainwater, ground water, melt-water, and water vapour.

Water is at its most destructive when it changes state. It expands when it freezes and can penetrate at joints in materials when it thaws or penetrate materials themselves as vapour. It’s essential that the right solutions, for example, masonry restoration or expansion joints, are implemented at the appropriate points of vulnerability.

Salt

Across the country, road salt causes reinforcing steel to rust, which causes significant damage to concrete. Over time, it can penetrate concrete, cause rebar to rust, and create unsafe and unsound situations. Simple “chip and patch” repairs may not always work, depending on the extent of the damage.

Increasing Energy Efficiency Requirements

Buildings are growing taller and windows larger and more numerous, but owners and users increasingly want to save more energy. While sometimes well-designed HVAC systems can make up some of the slack left by pushing designs to their limits, there are often small flaws that can make a big difference to efficiency. That’s why it’s important to ensure that details like seals around windows are doing their part and that windows themselves are performing as promised.

User Expectations

The expectations of owners, prospective buyers, or occupants are shaped by what they see around them and what they know other buildings have. If your building is older, you may be considering upgrades to help improve your building.

For residential buildings, adding amenity areas to the roof or improving windows may help increase property values. In other cases, however, this could be wasted money. It’s only with accurate data that you can make the right decisions for your restoration project.

Expert Information You Can Use

Since 1972, building owners and managers have trusted McIntosh Perry for expert advice on building science. You’ll get better information, understand it more fully, and make better decisions for the future of your property.

We perform building restoration in cities across Canada, including the Toronto area, Vancouver, Montréal, Calgary, Ottawa, North Bay, and many more.

Call toll free 1-888-348-8991 to put our expertise to work for you.

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