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.  

 “A building envelope is simply a barrier to separate the exterior climate from  the interior climate,” says Mike Carrano, owner of Rite-Way Injections Waterproofing in Bedford Park. “This starts at the foundation all the way to the roof line. Parts of the  envelope include the waterproofing of the foundation, the air on the exterior  walls, to the doors, windows and insulation in the attic, anything that will  separate the indoor and outdoor climates.”  

 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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