With the possible exception of fire, nothing is more damaging to residential buildings and the property of their occupants as leaks. Whether it’s a torrential deluge from the upstairs neighbor’s overflowing bathtub or a slow, seeping leak around the window frames, water causes huge amounts of physical damage, and can contribute to the proliferation of mold—and all the potential health hazards that represents.
And though condo boards never enjoy addressing the perennial problem of weatherproofing, seasonal reviews allow unit owners and board members to catch small maintenance items before they become major repair bills.
That’s why it’s vital for buildings to make sure their structure is as waterproofed as it can possibly be, and that any breaches in their building envelope are dealt with swiftly and competently.
“The exterior façade of the building is the building envelope,” says Jason Green, general superintendent of Prachel Painting, Waterproofing & Restoration in Boca Raton. “It’s the frame of a building. The building’s frame is exposed to water and sun so it’s absolutely necessary that it’s weatherproofed properly. Building wrap is one of the most important aspects of a building envelope.”
Building wrap is generally installed prior to the building’s exterior façade and helps protect against air and water infiltration while allowing harmful moisture vapor to escape the wall cavity. Building wraps can hold up to the rigors of residential job sites because of its increased tear strength, durability and ability to withstand extended UV exposure. Certain building wraps may contribute towards U.S. Green Building Council LEED points.