Few sounds are as bone-chilling as an ominous and unexpected series of drips in the twilight hours, the eerily melodic tone of water trickling in through a window, the ceiling or any other part of one’s condominium that was designed to remain dry.
From rooftops to basements and all spaces in between, water can pose a serious risk to the structural and aesthetic health of a building or a home. This is why architects, builders and engineers commit so much time, energy, and resources to sealing and waterproofing a building.
“A property is fully waterproofed once all of its components have been installed and are working together as a system to keep water out,” says Scott Baryiewski, vice president of South Shore Construction in Woodbridge.
“This includes the foundation, air barriers, roofing membranes, windows, flashing, and other façade elements. The actual work is done in stages by various contractors as a building is being constructed. For example, the foundation must be waterproofed before it can be back-filled, and an air and vapor barrier must be installed before the façade component can be put in place.”
These waterproofing activities are focused on the most vulnerable aspects of a building, including the roof, the likeliest contender for trouble.