Who Does Valor FES Service?
Valor Forensic Engineering Services is an impartial third party that assists adjusters, public adjusters, attorneys, building owners, contractors, appraisers, homeowners, and other involved parties in resolving their forensic engineering solutions claims. Our staff has been involved with claims of all sizes, ranging from small homes to hundreds of thousands of square foot industrial or commercial facilities. Regardless of the size or scope of work, we are interested in talking with you to discuss if you would benefit from the assistance of forensic engineering services.
A forensic engineer uses many resources to determine the cause and extent of damage to a structure. This damage may include hail, wind, earthquakes, lightning, floods, tornadoes, vehicle or debris impacts, improper construction, or other weather or non-weather related conditions. We work to determine the cause of damage through observation of the site, weather data collected from multiple sources, research, reviewing property data and other available information, and testing as needed.
Our engineering staff is licensed individually in Alabama, Colorado, Louisiana, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming. Currently, our firm is licensed in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, and we are actively looking to add additional states in the future. Please contact us if you have any questions about licensure in other states not listed, or any other type of forensic engineering solutions we provide.
Who Needs Valor Forensic Engineering Services?
Valor Forensic Engineering Services specializes in civil (building related) forensic engineering solutions. Our focus is on the physical structure and any damage that may have incurred as a result of weather and non-weather related causes. This can include damage from hail, wind, earthquakes, lightning, floods, tornadoes, vehicle or debris impacts, improper design/construction, or other weather or non-weather related conditions. The severity of damage can vary depending on conditions at the site or other factors.
Valor Forensic Engineering Services strives to provide a thorough forensic engineering solutions assessment of the damage to your structure. Our engineers will use visual and tactile observations, drone flights, testing, and review and analysis of weather and other data, to reach accurate conclusions regarding the cause and extent of damage to your structure possible.
Anyone who is concerned about the extent of damage and potential for repair of a structure could benefit from the help of a forensic engineer. Whether you are a homeowner, a public adjuster, a contractor, an insurance adjuster, or anyone else involved in a loss claim, a forensic engineer can provide you with an impartial assessment to assist you in settling your claim. Our goal is not to direct an evaluation in favor of one party or the other, but rather to help find the truth, with no bias or preconceived ideas.
Valor Forensic Engineering Services specializes in civil forensics, which means our engineers focus on physical damage to structures of all types. Regardless of the size of your structure or complexity of the loss, Valor FES is interested in using forensic engineering solutions to help you gain all the technical information needed to understand your loss. The engineers of Valor FES have experience in nearly any kind of structure imaginable, and are always up for the challenge of something new. The types of structures our engineers have evaluated include single-family and multi- family homes, industrial buildings, commercial structures, institutional facilities, agricultural buildings, and boat docks and marinas.
Single-Family and Multi-Family Residential
Our engineers have extensive experience in forensic engineering solutions and performing evaluations on single-family homes as well as multi-family homes, including duplexes, triplexes, and quadplexes. Valor’s staff has also performed evaluations on apartment complexes of many sizes, ranging from single building complexes to others with one hundred or more individual buildings.
Residential structures can often have interesting challenges, especially with unusual roofing materials and steep roof pitches that are unsafe to climb without specialized equipment, if ever. This is a time when our ability to use drones is especially helpful, allowing our engineers to view the entire roof surface, without endangering themselves or the homeowner’s roof. The use of drones also allows for assessment of areas that may be otherwise inaccessible when locating the proper forensic engineering solutions for the project.
The engineers of Valor Forensic Engineering Services have evaluated multiple industrial facilities, including factories, airplane hangars, and other manufacturing and storage facilities.
Valor Forensic Engineering Services has been involved in utilizing forensic engineering solutions in the assessment of commercial buildings of many types. This includes retail strip centers, stores, malls, gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants, as well as office buildings and doctor’s offices. Commercial structures can vary in size greatly, from a few thousand square feet like a gas station or a fast food restaurant to hundreds of thousands of square feet like in a mall.
Institutional facilities include schools, hospitals, prisons, laboratories, churches, and government buildings. These can vary from a single structure to large campuses, and in some cases have unique and interesting challenges. Institutional facilities often do not have the luxury of closing down for an evaluation, so our staff must be flexible and able to complete their work without interfering with the workings of staff and other residents.
The engineers of Valor Forensic Engineering Services have extensive experience evaluating agricultural facilities such as commercial scale poultry barns. Our staff can work with the owner to schedule our site visit at a time that causes minimal disruption to the operation.
Boat Docks and Marinas
Boat docks and marinas located on man-made lakes (as are commonly found in the central United States) are floating, moving structures, which behave differently than structures on land. The engineers of Valor Forensic Engineering Services have extensive experience in determining the cause of damage to these facilities, differentiating wind damage from wave action and identifying conditions unique to boat docks and marinas to determine the acceptable forensic engineering solutions you need most. Our engineers also have experience in evaluating rigid boat docks, such as those found along ocean shorelines.
In addition to working on many different types of structures, the engineers of Valor Forensic Engineering Services also have experience with multiple roofing materials. Different roofing materials behave in different manners when exposed to hail, wind, and other causes of damage, so it is important for your forensic engineer to be knowledgeable about many different roofing systems and all options in determining the right forensic engineering solutions for the roof. Our engineers have been involved with files involving:
Laminate-style asphalt composition shingles
Three-tab-style asphalt composition shingles
Standing seam metal panel
Overlapping metal panel
Single ply membranes such as EPDM, TPO, and PVC
Laminate-Style Asphalt Composition Shingles
Asphalt composition shingles, either laminate-style or three-tab-style, are commonly used on residential buildings. Laminate asphalt composition shingles are layers of fiberglass that have been coated in asphalt, then dipped in fire-resistant granules. They are also known as laminated or architectural shingles. Laminate asphalt composition shingles are assembled in a way to give a look of variation in color and dimension, making it look more like individual shingles rather than larger panels.
Three-tab-Style Asphalt Composition Shingles
Three-tab asphalt composition shingles are also made of fiberglass and asphalt, dipped in fire-resistant granules. However, three-tab shingles are a less dimensional product and more uniform in color. The appearance of individual shingles is created by cutting the strip into three sections.
Clay roofing tiles are made from terra cotta clay and are often orange to brown in appearance. Rather than being nailed directly to the roof decking like a standard composition shingle, clay tiles are attached to a framework that has been mounted to the roof. Clay tile is much heavier than many other roofing surfaces.
Concrete roof tiles can be made to mimic the look of other roof surfaces, such as clay, slate, stone, or wood. Concrete is typically heavier than the natural materials it is made to mimic.
Slate roof tiles are made from thin pieces of slate, a naturally occurring metamorphic rock. Similar to clay, slate tiles are very heavy and need additional support when attached.
Wood Shakes and Wood Shingle
Wood shakes and wood shingles are similar, yet somewhat different roofing materials. Both are made from wood and attached as individual pieces, rather than the larger panels like you would find with asphalt composition shingles. However, wood shingles have a smoother, more uniform look, while wood shakes will have a rougher, “hand-split” texture.
Built-up-roofs are commonly found in large retail, commercial, industrial, and institutional settings. These roofs are constructed with layers of asphalt and fiberglass reinforcement. When finding forensic engineering solutions, we see all types in the field. The top surface may be smooth (flood coat), covered with gravel, or covered with a modified bitumen cap sheet.
Modified bitumen is typically the finish of a built-up-roof, and constructed in a manner similar in appearance to a rolled sheet of standard asphalt shingles.
Standing Seam Metal Panel
A standing seam metal panel roof is constructed so that the side laps are rolled together to form a water-resistant barrier. This style of roof can be found on any type of building, including residential and commercial.
Overlapping Metal Panel
Overlapping metal panel roofs come in many shapes and forms. Most common is the R panel, which is bent to have a series of primary, larger ribs along with smaller, secondary ribs.
Single Ply Membranes
The category of roofing material represents many types of plastic and rubber roofing products. This includes PVC, TPO, EPDM, and other products.
Skylights may include free-standing structures on the roof surface or panels matching the contour and integrated into metal panel roofing.