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The Role of Your Business's Building Envelope

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

The envelope is the barrier between the inside of the building and the outdoors

Rain damage to your Clear Lake, TX, business can be a major hassle. Fortunately, a secure building envelope can keep water out most of the time.

The Components and Purpose of the Building Envelope

The envelope is the barrier between the inside of the building and the outdoors. It is made up of several components:

  • Roof
  • Walls
  • Foundation
  • Windows and doors
  • Seals around windows and doors

A good envelope is usually referred to as being "tight" because it is airtight and watertight. "Loose" envelopes, on the other hand, allow rain, water and other elements to enter the structure. Buildings with tight envelopes have lower energy bills because they keep the heated or cooled air in the building. They are also less susceptible to black mold and other moisture problems. A good barrier will keep your merchandise safe and your employees and customers comfortable.

Designing and Maintaining a Building Envelope

When constructing a new building, it is important to use high-quality roofing, foundation, and insulation materials. This ensures that the structure is watertight to prevent rain damage. Make sure the building is designed to withstand local weather patterns. Additionally, install appropriate sealing around doors and windows. Because of increased regulations, most new construction buildings will have good envelopes. For older buildings, you may need to repair or replace some elements of the envelope in order to achieve a tight seal. Whether your structure is old or new, it is important to perform routine maintenance and inspections on the envelope to make sure it stays in good condition. Address small problems like missing or damaged shingles before they become more serious.
A well-sealed and insulated building can prevent many, but not all, instances of water entry. Even with a tight envelope, your business may suffer rain damage. A certified restoration team can help you get your business back to normal quickly and safely.

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