Building Code Compliance

When planning the first stages of new construction, location, materials and funding are all matters of extreme importance. After all, a structure cannot be erected without the actual bolts and steel, professional workers, proper equipment and financial backing. In addition to these considerations, it is also essential that all building codes are in compliance with federal, state and local laws.

Building codes are a set of rules and regulations that clarify the standards for objects that are to be constructed, such as an office building or personal residence. All architectural ventures planned for development must conform to the local code or codes to obtain permission from the governmental council. A building code is enforced to ensure the safety and general welfare of the population as it relates to the construction of buildings and any other structures.

Some examples of work that requires a permit and must comply with codes are garage or deck construction for a residence, the demolition of a building, additional wings to be added to a structure or the remodeling and repair of a commercial establishment. Retaining walls, sheds, alarm installation and most signage also usually require a permit and are subject to local codes and regulations.

Building codes are adhered to and followed by many types of professionals, such as architects, engineers, construction companies and safety inspectors. They are also used for different purposes by subcontractors, real estate professionals and insurance companies, among others. Codes regulating the design and construction of buildings vary depending on the specific location of the work, so it is imperative to follow the codes regulating the exact geographic area.

Arrow Masonry and Exteriors has been successfully completing projects in the Chicago area for more than 50 years with very positive results.  Arrow always goes to great lengths to ensure the masonry building work performed is code compliant, while at the same time protecting the structure’s investment value and its aesthetic appeal. Arrow also performs critical inspections on rooftops and brick and concrete walls for its clients to ensure they are up to date with all codes and will advise on any repairs that need to be completed.

Call Arrow Masonry today at 312-329-0750 for any questions regarding correcting code violations, building code compliance and for all your tuckpointing and masonry needs.

OSHA Approved Equipment

Our world is large and vast, with a population that keeps growing and spreading out all the time. Because of this expansion, more and more buildings and homes are being constructed at almost any time to accommodate everyone.  In the United States, whether in a large metropolitan area or a small town, you can safely assume that the nearest skyscraper or high rise building is not too far away.

Corporations continue to move to larger cities and erect buildings of greater size in order to conduct business. This need for bigger and better space along with all the tremendous improvements in architecture give business owners a lot to think about when considering where to set up shop. One constant throughout the entire process of moving or building is safety. That is where the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enters the picture.

The OSHA, a part of the United States Department of Labor, was created by the US Congress in 1970 to ensure safe working conditions for all by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. With so much heavy construction and equipment being used on jobsites it is more important than ever to have safety measures in place.

Specific guidelines must be adhered to by workers on a construction site, such as the use of hard hats, and goggles for eye protection. In addition, stringent rules must be followed when using machinery on the job. The equipment generally used on a construction or repair job site is heavy and extremely dangerous if not operated properly. Serious injuries or worse can be the result of improper use of equipment or by operating an unsafe piece of machinery.

Arrow Masonry, a Palatine, IL based company that specializes in tuck pointing and masonry repair and restoration, is fully aware of the high standards and regulations set by OSHA. Arrow realizes the importance of safety for its crew and customers and follows OSHA guidelines to the letter. Arrow Masonry employees are educated on the latest safety standards and all equipment used by Arrow Masonry on all their jobs is OSHA approved.

For over 50 years, Arrow Masonry has taken pride in providing the best service for all its customers and making sure its clients and employees are in the safest environment possible. Call them today at 312-329-0750 with any questions.

Repairing and Maintaining an Industrial Size Chimney

If you are a business owner and have a large chimney in need of maintenance keep in mind the fall and winter months are not really the optimal time for repairs. Ideally, you should work done in the summer or early fall when the weather is better.  Why? There are several good reasons why business owners should act right now to get those chimney services performed before true autumn and winter weather arrive.

Masonry chimneys sometimes slowly deteriorate with water damage, exposure to high winds and lack of maintenance. The best masonry repairs are made during warmer weather since this will allow the materials to cure properly.  Other types of service that should be considered before winter are those relating to water problems. Often times chimneys that are porous will absorb moisture and go through a freeze thaw cycle during winter and become damaged.

An owner of a commercial business will sometimes notice issues such as a leak around the chimney or in their ceiling or upper storage area.  There may be a lot involved to correcting water problems and for best results they should be completed before the cold season if at all possible. Building, repairing and extending masonry chimneys need be scheduled before winter, when a chimney professional is more likely to allow the needed time for this type of repair. Once the masonry is cured, waterproofing that will protect the new masonry for years can be applied. This job is much easier to accomplish when the weather is mild.

Other repairs your chimney may require include replacing flashing, building chimney crickets and crown repair.  All of these projects need to be completed before the weather gets too cold for best results. Also, be aware that any major chimney repair such as a complete rebuilding of the chimney, chimney relining or the installation of a manufactured chimney system all require extra time and weather above freezing. The milder weather will provide the owner many options to keep their business and employees safe from fire hazards, carbon monoxide poisoning and from the risk of nesting animals. Your chimney professional can prevent all these serious hazards by inspecting your chimney and recommending a solution that can be implemented right now.

For any questions regarding chimney repair or restoration please call contact us today or call 312-329-0750. They have over 50 years of experience working on large, industrial size chimneys and know what it takes to keep your business safe and your chimney functioning at its very best.

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