Based on our inspection and calculations of the beam size for the appropriate load and span,we confirm the beam is structurally adequate.The cause of the cracking appears to be from gradual moisture absorption due to the exposureof the end of the beam, at the external wall, over a long period of time. With the moisture beingabsorbed by the timber laminates, and the timber laminates not being of the appropriatedurability class, separation of the laminates along the glue line has occurred.Due the beam being in relatively good condition, despite the cracks in the laminates, it does notseem to have been affected by “extensive dry rot”, as originally suggested in the report by‘Pattersons Insurerbuild’.In our opinion, there is no need to reinforce the existing roof beam with another timber beam orsteel flitch plate. Because the existing beam can be retained, there is also no need to cut backthe ceiling, and prepare and paint extensive areas of the beam and ceiling.
As the beam is structurally sound, the least disruptive and most economical method of repair ofthe beam is to inject the laminate cracks with epoxy glue, and insert and glue steel dowelsthrough the beam, to assist with the strengthening. Appropriate flashing will also have to beinstalled to the exposed end, sides and bottom of the beam at the external wall, to preventfurther exposure to moisture.We have completed a brief Scope of Works, covering repairs to the Insured’s laminated timberbeam, together with the repairs to the adjacent external render and internal finishes. A copy ofthe Scope of Works has been attached to this document for your reference.
This inspection and report has been carried out by Engineers Mr Mac Hamilton and Mr CarlConran and has been authorised by Mr Brett Mills.Mr Brett Mills is a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil, Hons 2A) from the University of Queensland, aMember of the Institution of Engineers Australia, and has been a Registered ProfessionalEngineer in Queensland since 1985. He is also a Registered Builder (Open) QueenslandBuilding Services Authority.Yours faithfully,
CENSEO PTY LTDBrett MillsEngineer
0412 156 788
Enclosures: PhotographsScope of Works