Architectural Engineers

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Structural Engineering Services for 1 & 2 Family Homes

Ruka & Associates has been providing homeowners, duplex owners and construction firms with Structural Engineering Services for over 28 years. Whether you need our structural expertise with a new building project, an addition, or a remodeling project, you can call on us to help.

Some of the common issues we have been called upon for assistance include:

  • Determining if walls to be removed are load-bearing or structural.
  • Conversion of a 1 story ranch to a 2 story or a duplex.
  • Converting a walk-up attic to a 1½ story house with living areas.
  • Additions that require an exterior load-bearing wall to be removed.
  • Structural problems are encountered during remodeling.
  • Sagging floors that need to be fixed.
  • Structural defects that are discovered during new construction.
  • The need to remove basement support poles to make room for a pool table.
  • City Building Inspector requiring structural problems being fixed.

View photos of issues we’ve encountered.

Roof Truss Damaged

Roof Truss Damaged

Roof Truss Damaged

The truss metal connection plate is pulling out of the wood, which weakens the truss.

Roof Truss Damaged

Roof Truss Damaged

Roof Truss Damaged

This girder truss was damaged during installation and was not repaired.

Roof Truss Damaged

Roof Truss Damaged

Roof Truss Damaged

The bottom 2 x 4 board of the truss was broken and not repaired.

Roof Framing Problems

Roof Framing Problems

Roof Framing Problems

The shingles are not flat up near chimney at the ridge because the valley rafter has dropped down.

Roof Framing Problem

Roof Framing Problem

Roof Framing Problem

The valley rafter has dropped down about 4 inches at the roof ridge.

Temporary Post

Temporary Post

Temporary Post

Make shift wood post poorly installed to support 2nd floor stairway opening that was sagging.

Temporary Posts

Temporary Posts

Temporary Posts

These steel posts are not permanent because they can be moved.

Wet Block Foundation

Wet Block Foundation

Wet Block Foundation

The grass grade is sloping towards the foundation, which is causing water leakage in the basement.

Wet Block Foundation

Wet Block Foundation

Wet Block Foundation

Wood paneling was removed to exposed the wet block foundation.

Wet Block Foundation

Wet Block Foundation

Wet Block Foundation

Foundation water leakage has caused wood to rot and carpet damages.

Wet Block Foundation

Wet Block Foundation

Wet Block Foundation

Foundation wall has water stains, mildew and efflorscence, which is located at the sump pit.

Wet Block Foundation

Wet Block Foundation


Wet Block Foundation


This block foundation has mildew and water stains at the bottom 6 block courses.

Block Foundation Cracks

Block Foundation Cracks

Block Foundation Cracks

Stepped crack that has opened up and has structurally weaken the foundation wall.

Block Foundation Cracks

Block Foundation Cracks

Block Foundation Cracks

Stepped crack and horizontal crack that has opened up causing foundation to be structurally unsound.

Block Foundation Cracks

Block Foundation Cracks

Block Foundation Cracks

Stepped crack and vertical crack located at a basement window.

Block Foundation Cracks

Block Foundation Cracks

Block Foundation Cracks

This cracks has opened up 1/2 inch.

Block Foundation Failure

Block Foundation Failure

Block Foundation Failure

This block foundation has failed due to poor soils located below the wall.

Block Foundation Failure

Block Foundation Failure

Block Foundation Failure

Underpinning the foundation wall with helical piers to support the sinking foundation.

Block Foundation Repair

Block Foundation Repair

Block Foundation Repair

Installation of interior vertical steel beams to support block foundation.

Block Foundation Repair

Block Foundation Repair

Block Foundation Repair

Block foundation repair completed.

Cedar Siding Replacement

Cedar Siding Replacement

Cedar Siding Replacement

Wood siding has warped and was cracking.

Cedar Siding Replacement

Cedar Siding Replacement

Cedar Siding Replacement

This fireplace chimney framing was rotting, because no tarpaper was installed under the wood siding.

Cedar Siding Replacement

Cedar Siding Replacement

Cedar Siding Replacement

Existing cedar siding being removed.

Cedar Siding Replacement

Cedar Siding Replacement

Cedar Siding Replacement

Siding has been removed. The brown stains on the surface is from water leaking thru the siding.

Cedar Siding Replacement

Cedar Siding Replacement

Cedar Siding Replacement

House is finished with new aluminum siding.

Brick Veneer

Brick Veneer

Brick Veneer

Brick veneer was pulling away from the window causing a hole for water infiltration and bugs to nest

Brick Veneer

Brick Veneer

Brick Veneer

Brick veneer pulling away from the window causing a hole for water infiltration and bug nesting.

Brick Veneer

Brick Veneer

Brick Veneer

The brick veneer steel lintel above the window has pulled away from window, causing a hole.

Roof Moisture Damages

Roof Moisture Damages

Roof Moisture Damages

Attic rafters insulated tight to roof boards.

Roof Moisture Damages

Roof Moisture Damages

Roof Moisture Damages

After the rafter insulation was remove, the roof boards were found to be wet from condensation.

Roof Moisture Damages

Roof Moisture Damages

Roof Moisture Damages

Attic rafers insulation partially removed to inspect moisture at roof boards.

Roof Moisture Damages

Roof Moisture Damages

Roof Moisture Damages

Attic wall water damages from moisture caused from condensation on the roof boards.

Fire Damage

Fire Damage



Structural damages caused by fire.

Fire Damage

Fire Damage

Fire Damage

Structural damages caused by fire.

Fire Damage

Fire Damage

Fire Damage

Structural damages caused by fire.

Fire Damage

Fire Damage

Fire Damage

Fire damaged wood not removed during repair.

Fire Damage

Fire Damage

Fire Damage

Rafters are still charred and one rafter had been cut when the roof deck was replaced.

Fire Damage

Fire Damage

Fire Damage

Fire damages has been partially repaired, several existing charred rafters needed more support.

Poor Existing Wood Framing

Poor Existing Wood Framing

Poor Existing Wood Framing

This shows the back wall was built by an amateur.

Poor Existing Wood Framing

Poor Existing Wood Framing

Poor Existing Wood Framing

This load bearing wall did not have structural support in the basement.

Poor Existing Wood Framing

Poor Existing Wood Framing

Poor Existing Wood Framing

Ceiling joists were installed with structrurally unsound connection at the existing exterior wall

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