The key to preventing damage by moisture is to understand how water vapor interacts with building materials. Building materials absorb airborne water vapor and, if the material is cold enough to be below dew point, condensation occurs. We don’t want either condensation or absorption to occur, so there are two principles to adhere to avoid water damage, mold and mildew.
More and more home builders are recognizing the importance of insulation in achieving a good home energy envelope and the improved energy efficiency that home buyers are demanding. With raised-heel trusses, you not only get more space to put insulation, you also get trusses that offer greater curb appeal. Here’s how they can save you time and money.
Each fiber-cement siding product has its own installation instructions. These can be found in the Evaluation Service Report document(ESR). Before preparing to install siding, search online for the ESR by typing ESR and the product’s name. Knowing what the manufacturer’s instructions are is essential for the correct installation of your fiber-cement siding.
Housewrap should be an integral part of your home’s envelope—repelling water from outside and allowing water vapor from inside to escape. This only works if it’s properly installed and when it isn’t, it can cause serious damage to the home. Here are some tips on how to best install housewrap to ensure it does its job.