FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are you qualified to do specialist foundation work?
Yes, we sure are, Robert has 30 years’ experience in foundation work. He is a licensed building practitioner and a member of the certified builders association and, lastly but not least, has served a four year building apprenticeship.
How long does repiling a house take?
Repiling a house can take anywhere from one day, to five weeks depending on many mitigating circumstances. Robert will be able to give you more of an idea after consultation via phone, email or onsite evaluation.
What does repiling a house cost?
Costs vary greatly depending on depth to solid ground, distance from road and difficulty to get to house, size of house and what’s required. Cost range would be $2,500.00excl gst and up from there depending on many different mitigating circumstances.
What length of warranty do you provide on work?
We provide 10 years on workmanship and materials.
Do you have a minimum charge?
Yes we do, minimum charge is set at $1,500 excl gst.
What are costs for undertaking ground testing, foundation checking and earthquake structural strength checking?
We charge $550.00 + Gst and a travel charge (if outside Greater wellington area) for scala penetrometer testing or earthquake checking.
Do you undertake uplifting of building consent if it’s required?
Yes, in all circumstances. Owner is welcome to do so, but it can be cost productive to let A Grade do so, as we have the industry expertise to do so at quicker and at cheaper cost to you.
What are the benefits one might expect after completion of foundation work with A Grade Building and Repiling (1996) Ltd?
Resale value because a bonafide contractor that is a New Zealand Certified Builder association member has undertaken the work. Capital improvement value, a steady floor and peace of mind knowing work was completed with a ten (10) year warranty period attached.
Are there any other Certified Builders or Registered Master Builders other than A Grade Building and Repiling, repiling currently in Wellington, Kapiti, Lower and Upper Hutt area?
Do you have references that can be viewed?
Yes, please visit nocowboys.co.nz (link - http://www.nocowboys.co.nz/businesses/a-grade-building-repiling-ltd) to view.
How long has A Grade Building and Repiling been in business?
A Grade Building and Repiling were incorporated in 1996. Check companies register. New companies are a dead give away for previously bankrupted or dodgy inexperienced companies.
What sort of experience has Robert got as far as the construction/foundation specialist side of things go?
Robert left Rongotai College in 1984 and then undertook a 4/four year Building apprenticeship with O.V.L Builders. He then worked for various companies for 2 years, and then most importantly, worked for Wellingtons formally, most qualified Repiler, Denis J Morgan for 4/four years, as his foreman. Denis has since retired, and Robert has taken up that mantle.
What is underpinning?
Underpinning is excavating under a foundation wall, then proceeding down to solid ground by either boring or vibra-piling, then filling hole with concrete. This is done where existing concrete foundation wall which is not founded on solid ground and is sub-siding.
When would a ground bearing inspection be best booked?
Robert usually tries to undertake Scala penetrometer testing as quickly as possible, and books a time of 11.00 am. Normally 48 to 72 hours notice, is all thats required.
What type of equipment does Robert and his gang use?
We use the latest equipment and specialised lifting gear. We have recently switched to modern screw and mechanical jacks.
Please ask at consultation for credentials. Anybody can say they are licensed, accredited, experienced and expert.
It would be our absolute pleasure to prove to that A Grade Building and Repiling are bonafide. Please ask us, we have nothing to hide.
If I have more questions who do I ask?
Please email or call Robert, you can be assured you will be conversing with the boss and he is more than happy to put you on right track.