Why Steel Frame Buildings Need Retrofitting
Steel frame buildings are constructed with a skeleton frame, or a series of vertical steel beams and horizontal l-beams that create a sound structure. While this construction method creates sound buildings, it doesn’t fully take seismic activity or earthquakes into account. During an earthquake, the areas where the steel frames are welded together can reveal cracks and fissures. Over time, these cracks can worsen and may even be susceptible to collapse during a major earthquake.
With retrofitting, you can upgrade the performance, safety, and energy demand that your building currently presents. Giving your building these upgrades can also help reduce high earthquake insurance premiums, showing that your building is qualified to hold up to activity.