San Antonio, Austin and Surrounding Areas

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Preliminary Cost Estimate for Full Foundation Repair

Everyone has an opinion on whether or not your house needs foundation repair. You see cracks in the walls an ceilings, floors are not level or your trusted friend commented that you have foundation "problems". You can call a foundation repair company to give you a bid for "repairs" with sell pitches and 1000 year warranties or you can consult with a structural engineer to provide a non-biased opinion on whether or not your foundations needs to be repaired. You may need foundation repair, but wouldn't it be more valuable to have a structural engineer explain why you need the "repair" and the risks and benefits that come with it before you make the final decision. 

No one can force you to get foundation repair; but there are plenty of confusing reasons that can convince you to have this major surgery done to your house without any clear objectives in sight. We offer explanations and information for "why" you should or shouldn't get foundation repair. Understanding the risks and benefits of foundation repair will help you make better decisions for your home and family.  

A-1 Engineering, LLC is a Texas structural engineering company, focused on providing our clients with information, guidance and insight into the foundation repair process, foundation assessments for due diligence in real estate transactions, structural designs for foundations and framing, retaining wall design and structural forensic evaluations of buildings, retaining walls and other structures. Our team of engineers and project coordinators work diligently to add value to your project. 

Our reach of services includes:


- Residential foundation and structural assessments

- Commercial foundation and structural assessments

- Due diligent assessments of multi-family (apartment) buildings

Design (plans and details) of residential structural foundation

Design of commercial structural foundations and buildings

Design of industrial structural foundations

Design of metal building structural foundations

Structural evaluations of residential buildings for FHA/VA/HUD and lender inquiries on the condition of foundations for real estate projects Structural Inspection Report (Including Real Estate & Refinancing Transactions).

FOUNDATION ELEVATION SURVEY Monitor your new foundation before it becomes a problem. More importantly, get a survey now to help prove to the insurance and warranty company in the future that your foundation moved. 

Crane Foundation Design

- FHA Manufactured homes foundation inspections and retrofit designs


Residential and Commercial Structural Walls, Roof, and Floor Framing Plans 

(wood, steel, concrete, CMU, aluminum)

Solar Panels supporting structures

- Ceiling Height Raising

Residential / Commercial Additions

Walls and Wind Bracing

- Tilt-up Concrete Wall Panels

- Car Ports, Canopies, Patios, etc.

- We can develop Steel Fabrication Drawings and provide structural calculations for connections and stair framing designs.

City of San Antonio Letters (most require plan design services):

- City of San Antonio Foundation Assessments for Permit Review

City of San Antonio Structural Wall Bracing Assessments for Permit Review

City of San Antonio Demolition Letters

- City of San Antonio Structural Engineer's Analysis and Assessment Letters for Permit Review

- RTU / Mechanical Units for Roof Structural Support Framing Designs

- Floor Load Rating Assessment and Analysis

Retaining Walls:

- Retaining Wall Design and Investigation

- Segmental Retaining Wall Design and Assessment

- Concrete Retaining Wall Design and Assessment

- CMU Retaining Wall Design and Assessment

Other Structural Engineering Services:

Serving as Expert Witness Structural Engineer for Construction Litigation Projects

- Develop Design for Light Gauge Metal Stud Framing

Monument Sign Design (Foundation and Framing)

Pole Sign Design (Foundation and Framing)

Structural engineers add value to your project -

Most home owners and property owners don't know how a structural engineer can benefit your project or the type of services that are offered. Structural engineers are trained and experienced engineers that specialize in the design, assessment and inspection of structures; ranging from carports, retaining walls, buildings, load bearing walls, bridges, wood decks, canopies, roof patios, stairs, foundation repair and foundation design. Call our office and speak with one of our Project Coordinators to get a better explanation on other services. Se Habla Espanol . You can look up structural engineers by visiting the Texas Board of Professional Engineers portal. 
Same Day Structural Engineering Services!

We are sensitive to the deadlines and time lines of real estate projects. Most of the time we can accommodate our schedule to fit you in. Call our office and tell your project coordinator of your time line. 

Call us today at (210) 591-8829.

Home or House Structural Engineering Inspections  for Home Buying or Refinancing

Inspections by our Structural Engineers are not typical home real estate inspections.   A common situation that comes up is the requirement by a mortgage company underwriter for a structural engineer to provide a letter discussing the structural adequacy of a building/home. In our experience, this condition arises when a home inspector or property appraiser makes the recommendation to the buyer, seller or mortgage underwriter to get an opinion from a structural engineer. A-1 Engineering has developed thousands of these opinions and is accommodating to have our engineers visit the site, complete the assessment and develop a report in a short amount of time.  

A-1 Engineering can also provide an opinion and recommendations for "retrofitting" manufacture homes that need to be in general conformance with HUD and FHA regulations. The process is the same. Call our office and speak with one of our project coordinator. Explain your situation to us and our project coordinators will assist you in developing the adequate scope and fee for our engineers.

What type of Structural Engineering Services do we offer?

We provide a wide range of Structural Engineering Services with our focus in Residential Structural Engineering in San Antonio and Austin, Texas. Within Residential Structural Engineering we provide Foundation Engineering design, as well as home or residential Structural inspections for foundations, wall framing and bracing, and floor and roof framing. We can also provide structural engineering design for retaining walls.

 Retaining Wall Engineers

A-1 Engineering specializes in designing retaining walls with concrete, masonry and segmental retaining wall unit (Pavestone). Segmental retaining walls are cost efficient walls that are commonly used throughout subdivisions, highways and other developments. They consists of masonry block walls that are dry stacked with stone back bill. They are cost efficient and aesthetically pleasing. The flexibility of application and free drainage characteristic makes segmental retaining walls versatile and affordable while meeting the design requirements of the International Building Code and the National Concrete Masonry Association. 

We have the experience and training to design walls constructed with concrete, masonry blocks, limestone blocks and timber. Additional information on when you should get a retaining wall structural engineer involved is discussed in the City of San Antonio Information Bulletin 171.

          Structural Foundation Inspections and Design

The structural engineering design of Foundations can either be a structural concrete slab foundation as well as pier and beam type of foundations. 

It's important to know that we are unbiased in giving you our structural  engineer report if we see anything wrong with your foundation because we are not contractors so we don't provide the physical repair of the foundation. Many structural engineering firms out there provide physical repair of structural foundations (directly or indirectly) which believe means their opinion is biased with an inherent conflict of interest.

If you hire us for your home inspection (i.e. assessment) thinking that you may have  structural foundation problems we'll give you our opinion without having the conflict of interest that many other structural engineering companies or firms have because we don't gain anything by telling you that you have a Structural Foundation problem.

Many times we are called to perform a structural foundation inspection after another structural engineering company or firm that provides  structural foundation inspection and structural foundation repair services claims that the house has foundation problems; in fact, many times we are called to perform a structural foundation inspection after even two structural foundation repair companies have been called to inspect the structural foundation and they provide dissenting view on the mater. In other words, we're called as an independent third party structural engineer to perform a structural engineering foundation inspection and give an independent opinion... Many times there's nothing wrong with your concrete foundation and the structure of you house! Save yourself time and money by hiring us first as your primary  structural engineer and let us give you a recommendation of whether you need to hire someone to repair your foundation. Please read our article on Foundation Repair.

Just because you have cracks in your concrete foundation it doesn't mean you have foundation problems. The nature of concrete is to crack, the real question is, is the concrete foundation cracking because of temperature and shrinkage, or is it because of soil movement below the concrete foundation? Again, an experienced structural engineer, who doesn't perform repair services, is the best structural engineer qualified for a non biased foundation inspection. But even if it is cracking due to Foundation Movement, the crack themselves may not indicate actual foundation failure.  

We can also provide you with wall bracing letters for the City of San Antonio Texas advising the city that the structure is safe. 

Many times we've worked with banks, mortgage brokers, realtors and  homeowners, in providing home or residential structural inspections. We are also very fast in providing you with our Structural Engineer Report.

If you're looking to get some  sort of warranty for your Foundation we recommend this Structural Engineer San Antonio TX

Why we do what we do !
We just want to help. Its just that simple. And we want to start by providing you with the understanding of engineering and construction that we have gained. 

And last but not least, don't forget to check our articles section, where we try to answer many structural engineering questions within the world of structural engineering and structures, and structural components, such as retaining walls, foundations, etc.

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Please make sure to check out our Structural articles:

Retaining Walls

      Concrete Retaining Wall

Structural Engineering

      Structural House Design

      Structural Engineer San Antonio

     Choosing the right Structural Engineer

     Structural Engineering License in Texas

     Architects and Engineers

Building Engineer

Foundation Engineering

      Pier and Beam Foundation

      Foundation Leveling

      Foundation Repair Deception

             Foundation Repair Companies Hate Mail

      Concrete Press Piles Foundation Repair: Building Code non-compliance Part 1

                 a) What the Code Says

                 b) Brief Description of Foundation Repair System as it relates to the Code

                 c) Why this type of foundation repair doesn?t meet the code

                         c.1) No Connection between Cylinders

                         c.2) Poor Connection between Cylinders

                         c.3) Depth of pile not deep enough

                d) Conclusion: Don?t use Concrete Press Piles Foundation Repair

                e) Common Sense, philosophical questions for this type of Foundation Repair

                        e.1) Why don?t they use this type of piers for New Construction?

                        e.2) If the press piles system doesn?t meet code, why can I get a permit from the city?

                        e.3)  Do concrete press piles foundation repair fail 100% of the time?

       Concrete Press Piles Foundation Repair: Building Code non-compliance Part 2

               a) What the Code Says

               b) Stabilization

              c) Why this type of Foundation Repair System doesn?t meet the code

              d) Conclusion: Don?t use Concrete Press Piles Foundation Repair

              e) A side note: Slab Jacking and Mud Jacking

  Concrete Press Piles Foundation Repair: Building Code non-compliance Part 3

              a) What the Code Says

             b) Why this foundation repair doesn?t meet the code (Section 1810.4)

                        b.1) Lack of Test Data

                       b.2) Lack of Calculations

             c) Conclusion: Don?t use Concrete Press Piles Foundation Repair

 Concrete Press Piles Foundation Repair: Building Code non-compliance Part 4

             a) What the Code Says

            b) Terminology Explained

            c) Why this foundation repair doesn't meet this section of the code

            d) Conclusion: Don't use Concrete Press Piles Foundation Repair

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      Top 5 Mistakes Homeowners make regarding Foundation Repairs

      Why you should Call a Structural Engineer first instead of a Foundation Repair Company

      How to Successfully sell a House with Foundation Problems

      Foundation Surveys for New Homes

      Foundation Survey Frequently Asked Questions

      Foundation Engineers for New Homes Builders and Custom Home Builders

      Foundation Repair Myths

      Not just Foundation Inspections

      Driving Piles into Bedrock

      Foundation Repair Permit in San Antonio

      Foundation Repair vs. Foundation Leveling

      Water Soaker Hoses for your Foundation

      The Science of Watering you Foundation

Structural Inspection

      House Structural Inspection types

      FHA Inspection

      TDI Inspections

      TDI FAQ

      Free Foundation inspections

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