Bracing walls, also known as shear walls, are structural elements used in buildings to resist lateral loads such as wind, seismic forces, or other horizontal forces that can push or pull a structure sideways. These forces can cause buildings to sway, tilt, or even collapse if not properly accounted for in the design.

Bracing walls are typically constructed vertically and are strategically placed throughout a building to provide stability. They are designed to transfer these lateral loads to the building’s foundation, preventing excessive deformation or damage. The walls are usually reinforced with materials like steel or concrete to enhance their strength and stiffness.

Does your basement show signs of cracking? Do you get water in the basement when it rains? Does your foundation look like it’s caving in? If you answered yes to any of those questions it might be time to brace your basement.

Not only will bracing your basement this fix the immediate problem of foundation movement, often due to the changing water levels in Regina’s soil, but Basement Bracing will also prevent any further damage to your home’s foundation.

If you are already experiencing cracked and/or bowed walls, we can help. Call AG Western Construction today, and ensure a safe and strong foundation.

The soils in Regina have a very high clay content and, as such, they are capable of holding lots of water. The high water content causes the soil to expand and put pressure on your foundation (basement) walls. When the soils have access to too much water, they become saturated and the excess water also pushes against the wall, called hydrostatic pressure. The weight of the soil combined with the hydrostatic pressures is too much for some foundation walls to withstand and causes them to crack and push inward. There are measures that can be taken to reduce moisture entering the ground around your foundation and reduce the chances of cracked or bowed walls.

There are different types of bracing walls, including:

The choice of bracing system depends on various factors such as the building’s location, height, intended use, local building codes, and the types of lateral loads the structure is likely to face. Properly designed bracing systems are crucial to ensuring the safety and stability of buildings during adverse conditions. With many years of consistent service and warranty excellence, no company in Regina is more qualified to complete your foundation repair project than AG Western Construction.

Traditional Shear Walls

These are solid walls that are designed to resist lateral forces. They can be made of reinforced concrete, masonry, or other materials.

Diagonal Bracing

This involves adding diagonal members to the building frame. These members form an "X" shape, which helps distribute lateral forces along the diagonals, effectively stabilizing the structure.


Similar to diagonal bracing, X-bracing involves placing diagonal members in the shape of an "X" between vertical columns. This arrangement helps resist lateral loads by transferring forces diagonally.

Inverted V-Bracing

In this method, inverted V-shaped members are used to resist lateral loads. These members are typically installed at the corners of the building.


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Choosing a Groundworks contractor for foundation repair ensures that your foundation will get the most professional treatment with the best available technology and products for a reasonable cost across the region.

Our mission is to offer you products that will permanently fix your foundation and provide you with “WOW!” customer service along the way. We’re confident that you’ll be impressed with our systems, and we assure you that with us, you’ll always receive a competitive, cost-effective foundation repair solution that can be custom-designed to fix your home’s specific needs the first time, saving you time, money, and frustration in years to come.