Are garage structural problems causing you concern? Maybe you don’t know what to look for, but you know your garage is old, and you’re worried about its durability. Regularly inspecting your garage and addressing structural issues is vital to you and your family’s safety, as well as the value of your property.
What Causes Garage Structural Problems?
You could have garage structural problems for a number of reasons.
Erosion is a major contributor to many foundational issues. As soil erodes, destabilizes the foundation, causing uneven settlement. Soil shrinkage during droughts can have a similar effect, contributing to a loss of volume beneath the slab which can lead to structural issues.
If you’re worried you may have garage structural problems, look for the six signs below that mean it’s time to call a builder to assess the issue.
1. The Floor Is Starting to Slope
If the garage floor is beginning to pitch when it was previously level, this is a definite sign of a foundational issue.
2. Floor Cracks Are Widening
Does your concrete garage floor have cracks? Some concrete settling is normal and can lead to superficial cracks, but deep, widening cracks are cause for concern. One definite sign that floor cracks mean potential structural damage is if you see water starting to seep from the crack.
3. Sticking Doors and Windows
Does your garage door close smoothly? Can you close all windows and doors easily? If they’re stick or get stuck halfway shut, this could mean the building’s frame is shifting, which is definite cause for concern.
4. Cracked or Leaning Walls
Check the exterior walls. If your garage is made of brick, do you see cracks leading up the side of the building? Does it look like the walls are curved outward or inward? It’s another signal you need to check the foundation for integrity.
5. Insect Damage
Termites can wreak havoc on a garage. If you notice any insect-related wood damage such as small holes and wood shavings, it’s time to call an exterminator and get to the root of the problem.
6. Wood Rot
Rotted wood breaks easily and contributes to mold growth. Rot can quickly overtake an outbuilding and threaten its strength and solidity. If you notice any rot, it’s important to scour the building’s frame to make sure you identify and replace all rotted wood areas before it spreads.
When You Need a New Garage
When garage structural problems are too extensive to fix, you can trust A-Shed USA for an affordable, beautiful garage replacement. Your property is instantly improved by our detailed, careful planning and execution of a personalized garage design. Partner with A-Shed USA, and get the durable, lasting garage you’ve always wanted — call us today to schedule a free on-site consultation.