The Evolution of House Raising in New Jersey
As FEMA continues to make changes to the ABFE maps in determining what is considered a flood zone, more and more people in NJ are being proactive in raising their homes. Depending on which zone your home is located in, your flood insurance premiums could go up exponentially. House raising not only protects your home from future natural disasters and incidents of flooding – it can help you save money on your flood insurance premiums as well as add value to your home.
The difference in insurance premiums from one zone to another could be thousands of dollars if you don’t address your house lifting requirements in NJ. House raising in NJ will negate these rising costs and will make your home more sought after if you ever decide to sell it. In addition, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that your home will be safe and secure, which is impossible to put a price on.
To begin, contact us today. One of our house raising consultants will be happy to go over the process, as well as flood-related regulations, the changes to FEMA’s flood maps, grant opportunities and any other questions you might have related to NJ house raising. We can then perform an evaluation of your home in order to create a proposal that meets your individual needs.
Why Choose Us for House Raising in NJ?
The process of house raising is a very complicated one that involves precision and expertise. Leaving your NJ House raising project in the wrong hands could lead to disaster. We are a dependable house raising company for a number of reasons. First, our team utilizes a unified jacking system, which is a much sturdier method of house lifting.
In addition, we are knowledgeable in all aspects of house raising. Structural Solutions of NJ is a registered Home Elevation Contractor in NJ. Lifting a home onto a slab, basement or crawlspace are all different processes and require subsequent planning and methodology. Our team will develop the best method of lifting your home based off its specifications. From start to finish, we will ensure that the job is done carefully and correctly, so your home stays protected through any storm.
We are a Registered Home Elevation Contractor in NJ … What this means for the homeowner:
All Registered home elevation contractors in NJ are required to have at least 2 years of experience working as a home improvement contractor. The person responsible for performing your house raising in NJ must have at least 5 years of experience in the field of home elevation. These new requirements will limit the number of companies allowed to perform NJ house raising, resulting in less homes being put in harm’s way.
Our NJ Home Elevation Contractor registration number is # HEC 13HE00000900. Structural Solutions of NJ has met the requirements the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has put in place to obtain this registration:
- Home Elevation Experience – Minimum of 5 Years
- Insured for at least $1 million in liability coverage. Additionally covered for $500,000 in order to cover the contents of a home being raised.
- During the NJ house raising process, a home elevation jack capable of lifting the entire structure at once must be used.
How does House Raising in New Jersey Work?
The situation homeowners in NJ are faced with regards to house lifting is a unique one. In many cases there is limited room (if any) for moving homes off of properties. In a typical house raising project involving timber piles, a home elevation contractor would need more room to move the house off of the existing foundation to drive the typical piles.
When dealing with house lifting at the Jersey Shore, small installation equipment is used to access tight areas with little clearance. The home is lifted vertically off of the existing foundation, and helical piles are installed in order to raise the home securely and efficiently.
Utilizing Helical Piers For House Raising New Jersey
Helical piers are essentially giant screws that are driven into the ground. They are built to transfer the load of the house through unstable soil to better suited, stronger soil, deeper in the ground. When the helical pier is driven into the ground, the helix pulls itself down the shaft, makes its way through the unusable soil, and travels deep into the solid soil below. This allows us to perform NJ house raising along the shore where the soil would typically seem unsuitable for anchoring a large structure.
During the installation process, the contractor monitors gauges that give feedback related to the torque necessary for proper installation and depth. Using calculations that were performed prior to the installation, the contractor can determine when the perfect depth has been reached, ensuring a stable base for your NJ House raising project has been achieved.
What does House Raising in NJ Cost?
Due to the nature of house lifting in NJ, it is difficult to give an accurate cost without first assessing your individual needs.
For example, depending on what flood zone you reside in (AE, V, C, X etc.) can greatly influence the minimum height required for your house to be raised (Known as “BFE”, Base Flood Elevation). The minimum elevation required by your town in a “V” zone, versus an “AE” zone could be very substantial in terms of the amount of work required, and cost.
Another factor to consider is your current type of foundation. If your house currently sits on a slab foundation, the house raising process becomes much more difficult, as there are no floor joists in your home. Only an experienced NJ home elevation contractor can properly assess your individual situation and make proper recommendations to fit your needs and budget. Contact us today so that we can evaluate your situation and make recommendations related to your NJ house raising project.
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