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.