If you manage or own a building, you should be able to recognize the red flags that indicate a problem with the foundation or structure. This skill will help you avoid long-lasting issues and high-priced repairs as well as keep the occupants safe from harm. Here are a few common commercial construction clues you have a structural issue that needs to be addressed immediately.

How to Determine If Your Building’s Structure Is Damaged

1. Sagging Roof

This issue can occur for a variety of reasons, including the removal of load bearing walls during a DIY commercial construction project or weakened wood from a termite infestation. Additionally, your structure might be under excessive weight or built with framing timbers that aren’t the proper size.

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2. Cracks in the Walls

A crack in the wall can signal normal settling as the ground shifts under your building; however, if the fissure runs horizontally or at a 45-degree angle, you have a serious foundation problem. Look for sizable cracks around windows or between the ceiling and doors.

3. Uneven Flooring & Frames

If you notice a dip in your flooring, there’s a chance your floor is losing support due to foundation movement. Uneven flooring can also be caused by termite damage or cracked floor joists. Additionally, since window and door frames are part of the walls, any shifting or sinking of the foundation will alter the frame’s shape. A changed shape will make it difficult to open and close the windows and doors.


If the structural integrity of your building has been compromised, contact the commercial construction general contractors at Curtis Law Construction in Lihue, HI. These professionals will provide a thorough assessment of the damage and advise you on the most effective repair solutions to restore stability. For over 50 years, their team has helped Kauai property owners design and develop structurally sound buildings. Call (808) 246-0676 to schedule a consultation with a commercial construction specialist, or read client testimonies online.