Next to fire, perhaps 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 waterproofing and 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 building envelope is the outside skin of the building,” says Jim Murphy, president of Pro-Tech Building Restoration Services in East Hanover,” that consists of the window systems, if there is a brick veneer on the building, shingle sidings, anything that comprises the outside of the building, the total façade.”
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.