Purpose of a Building Envelope Study
Do you know you need repairs, siding, or roof replacement, and need expert guidance through the process? A Visual Exam looks for clues, but Diagnostic Testing & Evaluation is the true X-ray or MRI that shows you the problem and extent of damage. Having a good understanding of what you are getting into is the best way to avoid expensive change orders during the repair process for those hidden conditions.
Also known as an "Invasive Inspection," our engineers and inspectors will work with a licensed contractor to open up siding and building components, perform diagnostic testing and evaluation of your building(s), document our findings, produce a written report with photos, and provide repair recommendations.
Diagnosing the source of your building’s leaks
Planning for major repair, replacement, or capital improvement projects to prevent future surprises & change-orders.
Insurance claim or lawsuit support
End of warranty period: Verify conditions before the warranty expires
- Visual Building Envelope Inspection
- Up to 8 Hours on Site
- Itemized Report of Findings with photos and narrative explanation of recommended corrective action (typically 30+ pages)
- Documentation of stains, damage, defective conditions, and maintenance related items
- Identify potential life safety issues, apparent leaks, performance concerns, and maintenance items
- Compliance: Note observed installation concerns or other issues not in compliance with original construction documents (if applicable), code, industry standards, and manufacturer's instructions.
- Includes observation of some roofs, decks, siding, windows, foundations, and other areas depending on accessibility and safety
- Follow-up: Meeting/video conference with the Client to discuss our report and recommendations for further review.
Review provided documents, photos, plans, and other information
Temporarily removing and reinstalling siding, roofing, decking, etc. to reveal any hidden damage, defects, or underlying concerns.
Testing & Analysis
Examples of testing and analysis could include:
Water penetration testing
Humidity and moisture testing
Building code analysis
Engineering analysis performed by in-house licensed engineers
If our inspection reveals damage and repairs are necessary, we can help you with recommended next steps such as:
Repair plans and construction documents for permit and contractor bidding
Obtaining contractor bids, helping you interview and select the best contractor
Helping you and your attorney with the contract assembly and insurance requirements
Overseeing the contractors (contract administration, quality inspections, and owner’s representative) to make sure they put it back together correctly
Putting you in touch with the best banks, attorneys, and reserve consultants to assist you with the project
Helping you with warranties and close out information, updating your maintenance schedules
Expert services for insurance claims or litigation support if needed
Customizable for size and extent of inspection process. Let's talk about the options and get you a free proposal for review!
How it Works
1. Schedule your Clarity Call
2. Get a Proposal
3. Sign & Schedule
4. Inspection & Report
Schedule your clarity call
Choose a time that works best for you to discuss your building and our process. No fees, no commitment. We'll answer your questions and help you get started.
Get a proposal
Once we have an understanding of your needs, if we're the right fit for your building we'll write you a proposal and send it for review.
Sign & ScheduleOnce you eSign your proposal, we can get you scheduled with an inspector.
Inspection & Report
Our Building Doctors will visit the site, inspect your building, and write a detailed photo-documented report of our findings.
Healthy Buildings, Happy People
"J2 is experienced and professional, they treat each client as an important client, make sure they understand the purpose and get the job done right the first time."
"We actually consider J2 to be the most dependable and productive consultant we use in any firm."
"My fears of a ghastly nightmare turned into one huge relief!"
Schedule a call with us to find out what type of service is best for your needs. We'll talk through your options and help you decide which service is best for you & your building.
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Virtual Building Doctor
A low-cost and easy way to get expert advice from a Building Doctor when you feel trapped by your budget, rules, and building damage.
Up to 2 hours of professional *virtual* services.
Better understand your building envelope and potential safety risks to keep your building out of the Emergency Room.
Up to 2 hours on site with photo documented findings report, up to 6 pages.