The installation engineer is the person in charge of designing the layout and installation of the exterior of your new home.
They need to know everything about your home, its layout and structure.
The best way to find out all this information is to have a look at a condo’s exterior, said Steve Anderson, an engineer and construction consultant.
He said it is critical that an engineer has a good understanding of the structure of your home.
The engineer should have experience in construction, Anderson said.
An engineer should also know the difference between an engineered flooring system and a conventional flooring.
A conventional floor can be installed with a concrete slab or wood planks, Anderson explained.
In an engineered system, concrete is poured into a cavity or foundation of a concrete flooring slab.
This gives a solid foundation to build on, he said.
“It creates a more solid foundation, which helps protect your house from any water damage.”
An engineer also should know the design of the installation and be familiar with building codes, he added.
If an engineer is not familiar with the installation, he or she should also speak with an expert who can advise on the best way of installing the engineered hard wood, Anderson advised.
For a homeowner, the best time to install an engineered hard floor is after the construction is completed, he suggested.
“Once you’re in the project phase, then you want to make sure that you’re properly equipped to deal with the structural integrity issues, and the issues that arise during the life of the house,” he said, noting that this is when the structural engineer should be able to provide a more detailed analysis of the system.
If the homeowner is installing an engineered house, he should also install a concrete countertop, Anderson added.
In some instances, the engineer should inspect the finished product.
Anderson said a proper inspection will show the engineer how to properly install the engineered wood.
He also recommends that the homeowner inspect the structural framing of the home before installing the hardwood.
The contractor should also inspect the exterior, including the exterior framing and floor joists, and inspect the interior for any structural issues.
For example, the contractor should inspect any gaps or crevices on the exterior walls.
If there are any cracks or chips, the builder should remove any structural panels that are visible through the cracks.
“The structural integrity of the finished home is very important,” Anderson said, and that includes the engineer’s job.
“They need to be aware of all the things that are going on with the house and with the surrounding environment.”