The Role of the Body Corporate in Concrete Repair

30 October 2012
By Hamish

There is a saying along the lines of “A man (or woman’s) home is their castle”. I have no idea where the saying originated, but I think many of us can relate just the same. Home is where we feel safe, where everything is in order and where everything just feels right. Whilst we may enjoy this truth on the inside, sadly outside is not always the same. In some instances, it is the gardening duty and in others, building repair. Sadly, in many instances, Mother Nature works to conspire against dreams of our house being a castle, causing buildings to suffer from the effects of the environment (too often this is combined with poor quality construction methods).

It is probably no surprise then, that in our line of work, we provide concrete repair services to quite a large number of residential buildings. Not usually private residences, but rather large apartment complexes run by a Body Corporate and/or a strata manager. From North Queensland, down through Victoria, we have supplied structural repair services; from the coast – where saltwater plays a large part in the disrepair of concrete buildings – to the mountains where temperature variations cause an expansion in concrete, causing it to crack.

One thing we have found is that often the person contacting us knows they have a problem, but not what to do about it. This is a great first step, but there is a bit more to do before we can get into the nitty-gritty of fixing the issue.

In the first instance, we would come to see the problem either with the strata manager, a member of the Body Corporate and depending on the severity of the issue, a structural engineer, or a combination of all three. In many cases, we would often recommend that you involve a structural engineer who can act as the superintendent for the works, liaising between us and the body corporate, and to provide you with the peace of mind of knowing that the work is being done correctly.

From here, the Body Corporate is responsible for recommending the works to the building occupants, raising funds through a special Levy, or using funds already collected and maintaining the communications between residents and the company providing the works. The strata manager may also assist in these matters.

Making the decision to repair your building is a big one. Make sure when you choose a contractor to perform the façade repairs that you select one you can rely on. When you choose Remedial Building Services you are getting over 40 years experience. Why not call us today?