Have you ever found yourself questioning what you need to do to winterize your house in a wet region like Pacific Northwest Seattle? What is a waterproofing system? Why is a water-resistant barrier essential? If so, you have come to the right place because we have an answer for you.
Water is the enemy of most buildings. The rain-screen system is designed to protect your house’s inner structure by creating an air cavity directly behind the cladding.
However, don’t confuse the rain-screen system with a water-resistant barrier as these are different systems. They differ by functionality. Instead, the rain-screen system is an envelope support mechanism that reduces water potentially getting in contact with the inner house structure.
On the other hand, water or weather-resistant barrier (WRB) is sprayed or adhering membranes or polyolefin structure wrap like Tyvek. WRB serves one prime purpose to prevent rain from entering the inner building envelope completely. What happens when water gets behind the siding? Water damage can be massive as it can find every joint and fracture and potentially enter the wall hollow and accumulate there. The water-resistant barrier is essential because it is engineered to stop water entrance.
As you can see, there are numerous reasons why you should spend on a waterproofing system.
Protecting your house interior building
Your home is not only where your heart is, but it is also your investment. Protecting your house’s inner structure means you have to guard it against water damage. Waterproofing will also increase the value of your home and property if you are planning to sell. It is doubtful for homebuyers to be interested in a basement with molds and mildew on the floors and water stains on the floor. And if you are planning to sell your house, realtors would still suggest that you fix the leaking before putting the property on sale.
A safer foundation
Exposure to weather conditions like heavy rain and sunlight could cause structural problems. Walls not adequately waterproofed will give in hydrostatic pressure creating cracks and leaks on walls and floors.
Humidity and moisture are what molds and mildew want. Mold and mildew could cause respiratory problems like asthma and also trigger allergic reactions. Molds do not only grow on walls or areas where there are moisture issues. It could grow on anything like wood, carpet, and even food. There is no way to remove these fungiís spores inside the house. The only thing that could remove such growth would be to control moisture with a rain-screen system or water-resistant barrier.
Eliminate insect growth
There are various kinds of insects, water bugs, cockroaches, beetles, and critters that find heaven in damp areas. Wet basements are ideal for wood boring insects like termites to reproduce. These insects could cause damage not only to the foundation but also to essential things stored in the room.
Peace of mind
You will feel more at ease about leaving your home for a few days of vacation. You do not have to worry about returning to a flooded basement. Sacrifice a good night’s sleep because of fear of the heavy arriving rains.
Waterproofing may be expensive, especially if you are looking at years of structural deterioration. But quality and safety should never be sacrificed because of cost. Homeowners will soon realize that with KV Construction LLC, your expert siding contractors in Seattle, quality waterproofing is an investment that saves money in the long run and allows them to enjoy their homes to the fullest.