Building Codes: What You Should Know
Your home is one of the biggest investments that you will ever make in a lifetime. Whether you bought an empty lot and had a custom home built from the ground up – or if you bought an already built home where a Hollywood celebrity used to live, it is a must for you to look for the right contractor to do a good job of building your home or remodeling it for you.
Let’s say that you would like to have a new house built in the Brazos County, Texas. How can you make sure that the contractor will do a good job of it for you? Among the many things that you need to consider is if the contractor is aware of – and is a stickler to – the building codes which are being implemented in your state or your specific county. Read on to find out exactly what building codes are, what its benefits are and how you can look for contractors who are aware of building codes.
What are Building Codes?
First, what exactly are building codes? It is a set of requirements on how a residential or commercial building should be built, which are implemented in order to protect public health, safety and general welfare. During the construction process, for instance, if an engineer fails to implement the hard hat rule and a passerby gets injured from a falling object – the owner of the building or house being built could get sued.
After the building is finished, the structure should be built in such a way that it is safe from earthquakes, other natural calamities and is built to last for a certain number of years. If problems occur only a few years after construction, it may mean that the contractor failed to stick to building codes to ensure the safety for occupancy of the structure built.
More about Building Codes
Although there are building codes implemented in Texas, as well as every state, there is no one set of rules followed on a national scale. Different states are exposed to different natural elements, hazards and weather conditions – so every place would have varying rules and regulations when it comes to building a structure. In the same vein, every custom-designed structure would have different foundational and structural requirements which need to be adapted to.
Building codes are written as an interaction between private sectors of the construction industry, as well as the general public. Coming up with a set of building codes is quite a complex process – but if you are having a custom home built from the ground up, the only thing that you need to remember is that the contractor should strictly follow the building codes implemented in your state. This way, you can rest assured that no accidents will occur during the construction process, and that the house will be safe and ready for occupancy once finished.