Shoring in Los Angeles
In major construction or renovation projects, shoring is an essential part of maintaining safety and structural integrity while the work is being done.
“Shoring” refers to the placement of props or supports, usually for a temporary time while construction is taking place, in order to maintain the soundness of a structure. It also refers to the props which are put in temporarily during excavation, such as the digging of a basement or foundation, to keep the walls of the excavation from caving in.
Shoring is absolutely essential to the safety of workers, and to ensure the soundness of structures, during construction and renovation. Experts in shoring are able to make the right calls about what parts of structures need additional support, and what types of support are best in which places.
Shoring During Excavation
During the excavation at the beginning of a construction project, shoring is important in many cases to prevent possible collapse or soil turnover that could cause serious injury to workers, or damage to the excavation project.
When excavations are deep enough (such as when excavating a basement foundation), or when certain conditions persist even in a shallow excavation, shoring is used to retain the soil on the sides of the excavation.
A structural engineer or excavation professional will be able to determine when shoring is necessary during an excavation, as well as the type of shoring that will work best for a particular project. There are many different types of shoring supports, such as H- or I-beam shoring, pile shoring, and diaphragm walls for deep excavations.
Professional shoring plans and services during an excavation are essential to ensure the safety of the workers and the effectiveness of the excavation.
Shoring During Construction
Shoring is just as crucial above the ground as well, during construction projects that require added stability while they are underway.
Shoring prevents the collapse of walls, ceilings, and other building elements during construction projects or renovation projects that temporarily compromise the structural balance of a building or part of a building. It can be used while a structure is going up, or—more often—used to support floors and beams in a building during a renovation, when a wall or other supporting element is being taken down, until a new permanent support can be inserted.
Without temporary shoring, many major renovation projects would not be possible, and would result in the collapse of the structure if they were attempted. But with professional, careful shoring, it is possible to perform a major structural renovation on a home, while maintaining as much of its original structure as you wish.
Pacific Green Homes provides expertise in shoring. Our designers and contractors can work with your vision for home construction or renovation, to create and execute a shoring plan that will maintain the structure of your home or excavation, and ensure the peace of mind and safety of your workers during construction or renovation.