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How To Protect Your Building Envelope

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

Image of damaged building envelope. Protect your building envelope

Today many buildings are protected by a "building envelope." This envelope is made of the roof, subfloor, exterior doors and windows, and walls. The goals of the envelope include keeping the interior:

  • Dry
  • Cool
  • Heated
  • Comfortable


A sturdy envelope also strengthens the structure of your Colorado Springs, CO, building. When the envelope fails, rain damage may occur leading to energy losses, reduced productivity, and expensive repairs. If you've found water damage or suspect damage, there are several steps you can take to repair the envelope and keep moisture out of your building.

3 Steps To Repair The Envelope Of Your Building

Find Moisture Leaks

Wear and tear, damage from pests, missing roof shingles, and sagging doors and windows could all provide a way for moisture to get into your building. A visual inspection may be enough to find out how water is getting into the building. Inspect flashings, edges of doors and walls, expansion joints, and everywhere that one material meets up with another material. Remember that some water damage, such as black mold growth, can't always be found with a visual inspection. Once or twice a year, you should schedule professional inspections.

Contact Repair Professionals

Sometimes property owners are tempted to ignore leaks until substantial problems arise. This can become a very expensive mistake. Instead, it's best to contact professionals with the training and supplies necessary to repair existing rain damage and prevent more water from getting past the building envelope.

Improve Preventative Measures

One area of damage is usually a sign that there's widespread damage. It's rare that one spot of damage is an isolated occurrence. A single gap between the window corner and the exterior wall should prompt you to update the sealing around all of the windows. Make sure that routine maintenance and professional inspections are scheduled consistently throughout the year.

The best way to protect the protective envelope of your building from rain damage is regular inspections and repairs completed by water damage repair and reconstruction professionals. Be proactive when it comes to protecting your building from expensive damage.

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