When it comes to protecting your property from the elements, and the wear and tear caused by continuous exposure, your first line of defence is the exterior cladding and quality of your building’s envelope.

Structural failures allow for damaging factors like leaks, faults, or drafts to form, leading to costly repairs.

Exterior visual inspections performed by qualified professionals prevent incidents, time and money. Ensuring your building is in top shape for the long term.

Learn more about these assessments in part one of our two-part series on the topic below.

Exterior Building Inspection Methods

Depending on the type of inspection taking place, there are a few methods that may be used to conduct your assessment.

For in-depth physical inspections, inspectors can repel down the building and navigate the exterior using ladders and platforms.

Shorter buildings can be inspected from the ground using high powered binoculars, and high-resolution cameras. These kinds of evaluations typically take about 1-2 days but conveniently can be performed with a high level of detail without disruption to occupants.

Finally, exterior inspections may be done with the use of drone technology that is equipped with high-resolution visuals, as well as thermal imaging which generates a virtual tour of the exterior of your building.

Analysis & Additional Collected Information

Along with the actual assessment of your exterior, the inspection process involves a thorough review of the building’s history, including blueprints, maintenance records, and any renovations that have taken place (as well as those related plans).

In doing so, engineers can get an informed idea of what they are looking for.

To learn more about the evaluation process, including what areas of the building are typically inspected read.
Keeping an eye on damage Part 2.

Orata’s team of experts offer both visual from the ground inspections, as well as drone inspections.

We are also authorized to complete and sign forms as required under the new City of Calgary Building Maintenance Bylaw (33M2016).

Learn more about our services by contacting us today!

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