Earthquake repair does not always mean there is a need to rebuild the entire structure of a home. A good amount of damage can be fixed with some quick cosmetic repairs such as external plastering. This process is best left in the hands of a professional as reputable companies will always adhere to the following protocol when making cosmetic earthquake repairs.
Assess StructureThere is always a need to assess the entire structure for its integrity prior to starting any type of cosmetic repairs. A failure to do this could make for a very dangerous situation for occupants of a home or business structure.
Identify DamageThis is not relegated to identifying cracks and plastering over them on the exterior of a home. Painting over damage is another way of hiding damage and compromising the safety of everyone within a home. Cracks need to be identified and filled before any cosmetic work can begin.
Attend to Timber SlatsHomes that are made of timber often sustain damage to its slats during an earthquake. Some of these slats can remain in place, just as long as their surface is both level and solid. This will allow for a plasterboard fix to follow.
Remove Wall Liners and Sand SurfacesAll types of decorative wall liners are required to be removed and all surfaces are to be sanded down prior to the application of plaster. It is also important to refrain from plastering over wallpaper within a home.
Prepare to PlasterSimply slapping some plaster onto a surface is not an adequate method for cosmetic repair. It is integral to make sure that all surfaces that are intended to be plastered currently adhere to the surface coatings. That plaster must also fully dry before the time comes to add any new coats or to begin painting.
Maintain Safety RequirementsWhen hiring a professional service to conduct any type of cosmetic earthquake repair in New Zealand, safety is a priority. Companies that specialize in this type of work have satisfied all the New Zealand safety requirements. A current license is also available and can be presented directly to homeowners.
Here on the south island of New Zealand, IEX External Plaster & Construction sets the standard and follows every appropriate step when conducting its earthquake repair. If your home is in need of earthquake repair in Riccarton, contact the team of professionals who relies on years of experience and expertise. Affordable rates and great Christchurch earthquake repair is just a phone call away at IEX.