Are you wondering if you can attach a shade sail or structure to your building? Well, the answer is yes – but there are a few factors to consider before you decide to go ahead with it.
These are the three main factors, and they are discussed in more detail in the article below.
The first thing we look at when deciding if you can attach a shade sail to your building, is what the building is made of. Following are some common building materials.
Once you have determined what the building is made of, you then need to locate the engineering records for the building. If your building is very old, you may struggle to find the correct records. For newer buildings, check with the engineer for the building.
The third aspect to consider regarding engineering is liability. Who takes responsibility in the event of a failure? Yes, a structure could be attached to your building – but if the shade sail engineer only looks at their structure, and the building engineer only considers their structure, then you have a ‘gap’ in responsibility.
How we approach the engineering aspect at Greenline: we prefer to have our engineer produce a load report of our shade sail, which is then assessed by the building engineer. The building engineer will determine whether the building can support it, and if there are other recommendations for reinforcements for the building. Once both parties are satisfied that it can be safely attached, we proceed with construction.
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Want to discuss your specific project? Give us a call and we can talk through the options with you.