Caulk it Up Weatherproofing Helps Buildings of All Ages

 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.  

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2 Comments

  • We have often received inucsanre type offers to pay a small amount each month and have the pipes from the meter to the house covered but of course I'm too smart for that! Big mistake, apart from the leak in the video we had another big leak last winter from an underground pipe that somehow sprung a leak. Both times the cost of the water wasted before we spotted there was a problem, along with the cost of re-doing the garden, was as great as the cost of the repairs, and I'm guessing inucsanre won't pay either of those. But yes, I would certainly keep the inucsanre if I was you
  • who pays for the dry wall to be replaced