40/50 Year Recertification

What is a 40/50 year recertification inspection?

When your building has reached its 40-Year milestone, some counties may require a 40 Year Recertification. This is done to ensure that the building is safe and minimize structural, or building, failures. Because of this, the inspections must be done by or under the supervision of a qualified, Professional Engineer or Architect.

At UPE, our intensive structural background has prepared us to guide you through every step of the process from bidding to construction oversight. We are qualified to perform site visits, prepare reports, create construction specifications, and recommend repairs. The recertification is then enforced every subsequent 10 years.

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40/50 Year Recertification Reports include the following Inspection:

  • Foundation
  • Bearing Walls
  • Floor and Roof Systems
  • Concrete, Wood and Steel Framing
  • Windows

Overview of Inspection

The purpose of the required inspection and report is to confirm that the building or structure under consideration is safe for continued use under the current occupancy. This inspection determines the general structural condition of the building or any part which affects the safety of the building and/or which supports any dead or designed live load, and the general condition of its electrical systems pursuant to the Building Code.

It is important that the effects of time with respect to deterioration of the original construction materials be evaluated.

Visual Examination -The visual examination will be conducted throughout all habitable and non-habitable areas of the building, as deemed necessary by the inspecting professional to establish compliance. Surface imperfections such as cracks, distortion, sagging, excessive deflections, significant misalignment, signs of leakage, and peeling of finishes should be viewed critically as indications of possible difficulty.

Testing Procedures - Analysis will not generally be required for five (5) structural members or systems except for such cases where visual examination has revealed such need, or where apparent loading conditions may be critical.

Manual Procedures - Manual procedures such as chipping small areas of concrete and surface finishes for closer examinations are done to sample and test where visual examination alone is deemed insufficient. Generally, unfinished areas of buildings such as utility spaces, maintenance areas and elevator shafts should be utilized for such purposes.

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What Other Are Saying

They were very professional looking carefully at all the details. The inspection report was clear and precise as well they suggested to make some minor repairs needed. I highly recommend them.

This was a very good experience. There was great communication, work was done on time and professionally handled. couldn't have asked for better. Thank you for all your hard work on this project.

Mr. Giglio with UPE was very professional and explained everything expected of me before coming out to my house. He arrived right on time and was very thorough with his inspection. He was also very willing to discuss the issue with the necessary people to solve the problem that I was having. 

I had a client that had some settling on a retaining wall. They called me from the site to make sure that we were on the same page. I had a report shortly after in the mail. They followed up with a call and some more advice on how to proceed with the repair. Very pleasant process