Protect Your Home

For most of us, our home is our largest investment.  Protect that investment by making sure your home has been seismically retrofitted.  Seismic retrofitting is a simple process of attaching the wood framing of your house down to it’s foundation.  This not only protects your home, but your family as well.

It is estimated that more than 125,000 homes within the city of Seattle are not retrofitted, and projected that there are another 125,000 more in the surrounding cities and communities.  These homes are resting on their foundations, held in place by nothing but gravity.  Unfortunately, the Pacific Northwest is extremely unprepared for a catastrophic earthquake.

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Our Retrofitting Process

Across the retrofit industry, there is an acronym used known as the ABC’s of retrofitting; Anchor, Brace, and Connect. There are three major weaknesses in the way homes typically fail during major earthquake events. We address these weaknesses by attaching the the first floor framing platform that you walk on down to the concrete foundation. We mitigate those weaknesses by addressing the following below:

Anchor

The first step is to install anchor bolts through the mudsill, attaching the framing to the foundation. This process prevents any lateral movement.

Anchor

Brace

Installing plywood shear panels braces the pony walls and prevents it from racking or folding over during an earthquake.

Brace

Connect

We attach shear transfer ties connecting the rim joist to the top plate or mudsill, preventing any lateral shifting.

wall joints

Our Retrofitting Process

Across the retrofit industry, there is an acronym used known as the ABC’s of retrofitting; Anchor, Brace, and Connect. There are three major weaknesses in the way homes typically fail during major earthquake events. We address these weaknesses by attaching the the first floor framing platform that you walk on down to the concrete foundation. We mitigate those weaknesses by addressing the following below:

Anchor

Anchor

The first step is to install anchor bolts through the mudsill, attaching the framing to the foundation. This process prevents any lateral movement.

Brace

Brace

Installing plywood shear panels braces the pony walls and prevents it from racking or folding over during an earthquake.

Connect

wall joints

We attach shear transfer ties connecting the rim joist to the top plate or mudsill, preventing any lateral shifting.

Some of Our Work

Each home has it’s different conditions, and there are different variations on how to retrofit a home and secure it to its foundation. We complete the standard retrofits with concrete foundations, pony walls, car-decking and CMU (cinderblock) foundations.

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Steel joints
Steel Joints
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