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5 Signs You Need A New Deck

January 22, 2016

  1. Your posts are rotting.
    This is a huge safety concern because rot usually occurs where the posts meet the ground and this could cause the support to collapse unexpectedly. Rotting ledger boards can also mean that your deck is not securely attached to the home.
  2. The handrails wobble or shake.
    This could be caused from a number of reasons: rot, rusted nails, bad weather over time, or pressure put on them over time. If the handrails aren't sturdy, that's a clear sign you need to do some renovations. You can attempt a quick fix by adding in new nails but this will not last long term.
  3. The deck boards move out of place.
    Over time, the boards on the deck will become lose due to weathering and pressure put on them. Even though certain boards may seem to only slightly move, if they are not stable they can flip up if stepped on, which can be dangerous.
  4. The deck boards are splitting or cracking.
    If the deck boards are visibly splitting or cracking then do not allow anyone to walk on the deck. This is a sign that your deck is past its salvage point and should be completely renovated.
  5. It looks worn out.
    Weather conditions will eventually take a toll on your deck. If it looks old and worn out then it's probably time for a new one. Especially if you are planning on selling your home, a worn out deck will decrease your home's value.

The Health Risks of Leaky Condos in Vancouver

October 30, 2015

There is a huge problem of leaky condos in Vancouver, buildings with improperly designed and/or constructed building envelopes that allow water to enter into the structure. Not only is this terrible for the quality and value of the home, it poses huge health risks to homeowners, their families, and guests who enter into their buildings.

One of the most common health risks of leaky condos in Vancouver is that of problems from toxic mould. Mildew and mould grow where there is excess moisture, something leaky condos have a lot of. In leaky condos mould grows on structures and finishes, and enters the air residents and guests breathe. This leads to respiratory problems, infections, and even death in extreme cases. The only way to deal with mould is to get rid of it, and in a leaky condo in Vancouver, that can pose a challenge.

There are not just physical problems associated with leaky condos - homeowners and residents may also experience emotional problems. Knowing that one's home has such huge issues can cause depression and anxiety, and having to deal with these problems and find a way to make the home healthy again can cause great amounts of stress.

The best thing a leaky condo owner can do to protect their health, both physical and emotional, is to connect with a company that handles building restoration. The building envelope itself can be fixed to no longer allow water into the building, and the building can be inspected, remediated, and restored, taking care of any issues caused by mould or other toxins.

Dealing with all of the problems associated with leaky condos in Vancouver, from health concerns to the financial implications, can be challenging. Partner with experienced professionals to help you eliminate the stress and put into place long-term leak-stopping solutions.


Role of the Building Envelope in Preventing Mould and Rot

July 31, 2015

Role of the Building Envelope in Preventing Mould and RotThe building envelope is everything that comes between the inside of a building and the elements: the roof, walls and foundations as well as the windows and doors. Water, dust, or mud should not become trapped within walls, vents, or crevices. Standing water will rot wood and cause mould and damp. As well as being unhealthy and smelling unpleasant, rotted supporting structures such as joists or beams can affect a building's structural integrity.

To keep the interior temperate and free of damp, the envelope relies on sub-systems like plumbing, ventilation, air conditioning, and heating. Freezing temperatures can damage sodden concrete and brickwork, causing more water to come in. Mould will flourish anywhere warm and damp, but rot does not need heat. In kitchens and bathrooms, human activity, such as drying clothes, may lead to condensation and other problems. Landlords beware: overcrowding can push the capacity of any envelope.

Signs that damage to the envelope has caused rot include:

  • Nasty odours coming from mould and fungi and wood rot - sometimes clearly visible.
  • Water running down external walls when guttering or downpipes fail
  • Peeling paint
  • Water stains
  • Spongy walls
  • Floors that groan and feel too springy.

If problem areas are caught early then they are relatively cheap to sort out. However, costs increase dramatically the longer the situation is left unresolved. Replacing roofs and fumigation seem like minor problems if a building is condemned or loses so much value that lenders foreclose a loan.

Planned, regular inspections by someone who is properly qualified, knows the local building code, understands seismic stress and has the right equipment for measurement and sample analysis, are just as important for private homes as they are for large apartment buildings and office blocks. The key is to catch the rot before it causes permanent damage.


Importance of Deck Maintenance and Repair

April 23, 2015

Importance of Deck Maintenance and RepairSo, you want to restore, repair, or maintain your deck? Now that the warmer weather is coming, you and your family are looking forward to enjoying the outdoors on your deck. Although there are a number of things you may take on yourself, you may choose to engage a professional to save you time, headache, and to ensure that repairs are up to code.

Decks look great when they're new; with time, weather and wear, they are often in need of some serious restoration. Boards become loose and crack, some even lift up and cause dangerous tripping hazards.

There is value in hiring a specialized business to take care of all of your deck repairs and restoration. A true deck maintenance and repair service knows exactly what to look for when they come out to inspect your deck. Maintenance and repair specialists can extend the life of your deck by several decades - these professionals know how to identify small issues that can grow into serious problems if they are not addressed early-on.

There are safety hazards to look out for that only a qualified deck professional will know are there. Oftentimes, deck repairs go way beyond simple plank replacements. Are you really qualified to know what to look for when looking for deck repairs and restoration?

Deck maintenance and repair includes:

  • Complete deck refinishing techniques
  • Understanding of all wood types
  • Repairs of stairs and stringers
  • Joist reinforcement
  • Handrail maintenance
  • Replacement of planking and posts

When it's time to get outdoors and enjoy all the summer has to offer, don't get bogged down in a DIY project. Leave your deck maintenance and repair to the deck experts.

When you do, you'll be having the best summer fun ever!


The Importance of Promptly Dealing with Water Ingress and Rot

January 23, 2015

Dealing with Water Ingress and RotWater ingress is a huge problem for homeowners, both immediately and in the aftermath of a water breach. It is surprisingly easy to have unwanted water enter your home. Whether it is through a leak, improperly sealed surfaces, or a catastrophic event like a flood, moisture finds its way into houses and wreaks havoc.

The first thing to check is whether or not a condo restoration company will be covered by your insurance. Not all restoration services will be familiar with the specific rules of insurance claims and budgetary limits. Your restoration company should be comfortable working with the insurance company or with your requirements based on an insurance assessment.

When water comes into a home its effects are immediate. Moisture seeps into walls, floors, surfaces, and textiles without delay. If it sits without mitigation, this moisture leads to rot, odours, and the development of dangerous microbes and bacteria that can pose serious health problems for residents of homes, children, and pets.

Even if there is just a small leak or minimal amount of water pooling in your home, you should deal with it as promptly as possible. The sooner water damage can be stopped and repaired, the less costly and complicated it is to deal with. What may appear to be a small amount of damage can actually be a big mess to clean up.

Hidden Damage

Another reason you should investigate and deal with water ingress and rot as soon as possible is the possibility of hidden damage. Water finds its way into cracks, spaces, and other small areas that you may not be able to see without looking behind walls or otherwise investigating carefully. Professional inspection typically reveals water damage that homeowners did not know existed, and if this type of damage is left unchecked, it often spreads into a massive problem.

It is far easier, and cheaper, to deal with water ingress and rot right away before it balloons into an unmanageable problem. If you have a water ingress or rot problem in your home, get help from a professional right away - you'll be glad you did!


How to Choose a Restoration Company for Your Leaky Condo

November 30, 2014

restoration of leaky condoWater leaks in any home are a sign of a problem you probably don't want to acknowledge. It's scary knowing that there may be hidden damage and that every day that you wait could spell more problems. But you won't know what the damage is until you contact a plumber to come and fix whatever is leaking. After that, you'll start to assess the structural and aesthetic damage. A restoration company can ensure that your condo is returned to its previous state and all signs of the leak have been removed.

Covered by Insurance

The first thing to check is whether or not a condo restoration company will be covered by your insurance. Not all restoration services will be familiar with the specific rules of insurance claims and budgetary limits. Your restoration company should be comfortable working with the insurance company or with your requirements based on an insurance assessment.

Ready and Waiting

You don't want to wait a long time before getting back into your home, so make sure the company you choose is going to be available to start work immediately. If you have to schedule someone to come look at the damage for next week, that's already too long to wait. Plenty of restoration companies can come out and see what's required that day. Work can start almost immediately

A Great Track Record

And finally, the restoration company you choose should specialize in not only condo restoration, but specifically in restorations after water damage. They should be able to show you previous work and you should be able to find positive reviews of their services. Experience, readiness, and the knowledge to be an advocate for what you need and want - these are the things that a great water damage restoration company will offer you in this time of problems and stress.


What Factors does the Building Envelope Play in Building Restoration?

October 17, 2014

Building RestorationThe building envelope plays an indispensable, some would say the most important, role in the structural wellbeing of any building.

The building envelope is made up of the outside walls, roof, windows ,and foundation of a structure, forming the barrier that keeps outdoor elements on the outside, where they belong. This includes air, water, noise, and weather like rain, wind, and heat.

A failing or damaged building envelope will cause problems within a building quickly. When outdoor temperatures and elements are able to permeate the building envelope, properties will suffer water and moisture damage, energy efficiency issues due to lost heat, and a loss in the durability of building materials.

Details Matter

When restoring a damaged building, contractors should pay special attention to the quality of the entire building envelope. They must consider aspects like flashing and caulking, vapour barriers and other moisture control mechanisms, insulation, ventilation, and drainage systems. A thorough inspection and report should highlight specific areas of concern, and areas that could become problematic in the future.

Hiring contractors who specialize in building envelope restoration is a good idea. Expert building envelope contractors may use thermal imaging to look for heat loss and other factors that may not appear to the naked eye. These specialist contractors can handle building restoration, repair, and rebuilding, inside and outside, stemming from building envelope problems that only experience can teach a contractor about.

Signs that a building envelope is failing, requiring restoration, include leaks, stained surfaces due to water ingress, poor indoor air quality, rot, mould, higher than normal energy bills, or heat loss.

Keeping a building envelope in good shape saves property owners from hefty repair costs down the line. A small building envelope fix is faster and easier to afford than replacing an entire structure and protects the long term health of structures.


Causes of Mould in Building Envelopes

August 31, 2014

Causes of Mould in Building EnvelopesAll buildings have a building envelope, the protective layer that keeps the interior of the building safe from both interior and exterior factors. A building is only as good as its building envelope; its longevity depends on it. Vancouver's damp weather is famous for causing damage to roofs, window frames, and door frames, so it's important to make sure you protect yours from the mould that often occurs in Vancouver homes and buildings. What causes mould to a building envelope? Here are some ways that mould thrives inside of buildings.

It's the Water

The recipe for mould starts with poor sealing. A broken pipe is the worst case scenario, but even a small, hard to detect leak in the roof can cause major damage. If that Vancouver rain gets into your insulation, it starts acting more like a water-filled sponge that's fallen between your wall and cupboards. The wallboards and wood along with fluctuating temperatures from damp insulation materials provides an ideal breeding ground for mould spores. The next thing you know, you've got ugly mould deteriorating the floors, ceilings, and walls of your structure.

Health Risks

Findings show that mould is capable of causing health problems. Moulds can carry allergens, irritants, and even toxic substances, which is bad for kids, the elderly or anyone who is sensitive or has pre-existing allergies. Allergic responses to mould include hay fever type sneezing, itchy watery eyes, and wheezing or asthma attacks. Research on the effects of mould on people with or without mould allergies is ongoing.

Moisture control is the only way to prevent mould or keep it at bay, you just don't give it a place to call home. Your home or business demands a building envelope that needs to be full proof against both light rain and heavy storms, because Vancouver precipitation is not something to take lightly.


Elements in Seismic Upgrading of a Building

July 31, 2014

Seismic Upgrading of a BuildingMany buildings constructed in Canada in areas with seismic activity were constructed before there was adequate knowledge about engineering earthquake resistance. A seismic upgrade, sometimes called a "retrofit," may be necessary to keep a building in compliance with more recent building and safety codes.

Assessment

Before a seismic upgrade is performed, the particular seismic deficiency of the building is assessed. Four areas that are assessed are integrity/redundancy, which refers to how connected all the pieces of a building are to one another, adequate strength/ductility, which is how well a building absorbs or transfers cyclic load, lateral stiffness of building material, and irregularities/asymmetries in the building structure that could result in load transfer.

Objectives of Seismic Retrofit

There are several recognized objectives in seismic retrofitting. "Public safety only," is to ensure that the structure will not collapse upon its occupants and passersby. "Structure survivability" is for the structure to remain safe for exit, but with the possibility that extensive repair may be needed before it can resume its normal function. "Structure functionality" is for the primary structure to remain undamaged and able to be used in its primary function. This is the minimum level of retrofit for hospitals. "Structure unaffected" is the preferred level of retrofit for buildings and structures of high cultural importance.

Following an assessment of the building's vulnerabilities, a plan is made to upgrade the structure under the rubric of minimal structural intervention. Care is taken to determine how to make the building structurally safer without fundamentally changing the regular function, appearance, or heritage value of a building.

There are a variety of engineering interventions that can be done to strengthen existing structures, within this framework, with primary value placed on allowing for as much of the normal operation of the building to continue as possible during the retrofit.


How to Choose A Building Restoration Company in Vancouver

June 30, 2014

Building Restoration Company in VancouverWhen updating an older building, or a building that has been empty for many years, it is important to hire a reliable Vancouver restoration company to provide prompt services and quality workmanship. Proper building restoration is essential for the safety of any occupants, and for the liability of owners and investors.

Identify the Damage

Buildings age and damage can occur within the foundation, structure, and roof due to water, dampness, and misuse. A reliable building restoration company can provide deck and building restoration as well as rot repair services to get the building up to code and ensure it is safe for occupants.

Water ingress and building envelope failures need to be repaired to improve previously incurred damages and to prevent further damage to the structure of the building. This type of restoration includes everything from fixing small leaks to improving the overall permeability of the building. Some methods used include window detailing to prevent seepage around cracks, deck repair, and siding replacement. Common techniques for repair include re-sloping, re-flashing, and membrane application.

Professional rot repair is essential for the removal of all mould and damage to the home or building. A professional building restoration company who understands the extent of the damage will give you peace of mind in terms of quality and craftsmanship.

Certifications, Insurance, and Experience

When choosing a Vancouver restoration company, it is important to hire a company that is WCB certified. A qualified repair company will carry third party liability insurance for the job, and will certify and warranty any work done on the building.

You'll also be better off with a restoration company that has experience completing a similar size and style of job. Companies can specialize in small, medium, or large buildings, including residential and commercial properties.

Choosing a Vancouver building restoration company with professional experience and credibility will ensure that the building is both beautifully and safely restored.


Reasons to Hire a Building Restoration Company in Vancouver

May 30, 2014

Interior Renovations of a BuildingThere are many reasons why an individual or a business would want to hire a building restoration company. As buildings age, they begin to deteriorate because of weather, use, and the passing of time. Buildings can last for many years and remain safe for residents and occupants, but at some point in time, a building will likely need to be restored. Restoration is common in older buildings that have had years of wear, or buildings that have sat empty and vacant for a period of time and have begun to fall apart.

Restoring Vacant Buildings

If a building has been empty, it likely has not been maintained internally or externally. For this reason, there could be safety hazards and occupants cannot simply move right in. Therefore, it is important to hire a professional team to restore the interior of the building and make it safe for occupants. This can include wall and structural repairs, as well as removal of rot damage.

Renewing a Facade

If a building has additional damage to the facade, a professional is often hired to bring the building back to its former glory. A building restoration company will repair water damage and rot, as well as make sure that repairs match the look of the original design. They will also seal the building and use liquid membrane or vinyl to seal outdoor wood. This process not only restores the appearance of the building, but also ensures that the repairs last for a long time.

Hiring a professional restoration company is the best way to ensure that a building is safe, useful, and beautiful. Professional building company teams will do the job right and provide a quality result that can be trusted for years to come, and they'll do it relatively quickly. When considering a building restoration in Vancouver, choose a trustworthy and professional contractor with a proven track record.


Seismic Upgrades for Your Vancouver Home or Business -
Top Reasons You May Need a Seismic Upgrade

May 5, 2014

Earthquake Damaged RoadIn January 2014, Canadians learned that earthquakes would do much more damage to Vancouver and surrounding areas than they previously thought. Two studies published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America showed that when seismic waves pass through the Georgia Basin, they are amplified. Since part of the Georgia Basin is underneath Metro Vancouver, this could mean bad news for residents. Because of that, many people are getting seismic upgrades for their homes and businesses. That is the best way to protect your home and business against earthquakes.

Building Codes and the Georgia Basin

When your builder constructed your home or business, he followed seismic hazard calculations to create a structure that could withstand an earthquake. Unfortunately, since regulators did not have access to these recent studies, those calculations are outdated. Those outdated calculations could mean that an earthquake would destroy your home or business.

Seismic Upgrades Provide Stability

Seismic upgrades take the new research into account in order to create a structure that can withstand more realistic estimates. That means an earthquake could rip through the Georgia Basin and the structure would still stand. Not only would it remain standing, but it would stay on its slab. This can mean the difference between life and death. It can also mean the difference between walking away without any structural damage or completely losing your home or business, which would be tragic and expensive.

The studies in the Bulletin of Seismological Society of America showed that people need to take seismic upgrades seriously. People need to get their homes and businesses evaluated to determine if they need a seismic upgrade. Then, if they do, they need to move forward with one before the next big one strikes and its too late.


The Most Common Deck Repairs for Spring

March 3, 2014

Common Deck RepairsIf you've got a nice deck on your home, you're probably pretty excited for spring. It's the time when you can finally start to enjoy your deck again, as the weather gets milder and being outdoors is comfortable. But the winter can do damage to a deck without you realizing, and it's important that you have a look at your deck to be sure there are no dangers waiting for you and your family. Below are some of the most commonly needed deck repairs during the spring.

Weakened Railings

If your deck has railings, it's important that you check to make sure they are still secure. Water and winter weather can degrade the strength of the connections, especially if screws have rusted or the boards the railings are screwed into have started to rot. An easy way to check is to give the railings a wiggle to make sure they won't fall apart when someone leans against them.

Loose Nails

Nails and screws tend to loosen all by themselves, especially after a wet winter. Freezing and thawing water can cause the wood to expand and contract, pushing nails right up and out of the wood. Walk around with a hammer and make sure nothing is poking up.

Rotten Boards

Wooden decks will degrade over time and before you start using your deck this spring it's a good idea to have a look at the state of the boards. Look for softened wood, edges that are not longer straight, and be sure to have any repairs done before you go out on your deck.

You're always better off safe than sorry, right? Have a look at your deck and make sure that it's secure and ready for the coming spring. That way you can enjoy your outdoor space once the weather is better.


Building and Deck Rot Repair

March 3, 2014

Building and Deck Rot RepairsCatch it early and save yourself the headache and cash of a major repair job

Living in Vancouver, it's easy to understand why building and deck rot are a concern. If your home or deck is built of wood, there's the chance that it will succumb to the wet weather in British Columbia. But the good news is that if you stay on top of it, the repairs you need to make will be minor and inexpensive. Only when you completely ignore a problem or don't take the time to check your building for rot does it turn into a more serious, and expensive, problem.

Spring Cleaning? Spring Rot Check!

Spring is a good time to have a look around and see if anything needs rot repair. The most common areas on a building are around windows and doors. Anywhere that water might get in can be a potential problem area. It doesn't take much water to cause mould and mildew and left untreated, eventually the wood will begin to degrade.

Deck rot is a particularly dangerous problem, especially if your deck is high up off the ground. A rotting board can quickly become a hazard if it's not attended to. Deck rot in Vancouver is relatively common, especially during winters when things freeze and thaw often. Wet is a problem, but when the water freezes, it causes the wood to expand. Any small crack can turn into a big problem and the wood will degrade rapidly.

Don't Wait, Catch Rot Early

With our wet climate here in Vancouver, it's important to do rot checks on your deck and buildings. If you do find signs of rot, be sure to take action immediately. Your best bet is to hire a professional who can ensure your rot problem is completely resolved. Waiting until it's a bigger problem will add cost and time to the repair job.


The Building Envelope's Role in Energy Efficiency

November 21, 2013

Simply put, the building envelope is the layer that separates the interior of a building from the exterior environment. A building envelope is made up of many materials, including caulking, cladding, self-adhesive membranes, insulation and proper window and door treatments. It plays a crucial role in keeping you warm and dry, and determines how energy efficient a building is.

Building Envelope and Energy Efficiency

What Role Does Insulation Play in Energy Efficiency?

Insulation plays a key role in a building's energy efficiency, and can both improve comfort and save money. There are many options for types of insulation, including blanket, foam, and concrete block. Each type of insulation has certain advantages, and you should research what type would best suit your project.

A good building envelope, with the proper type of insulation will help to keep warm air in and cool air out during the winter - and the reverse in summer. This means that you will be able to heat or cool the inside of your building more efficiently and more consistently, as warmth or coolness will not be seeping out. It is extremely costly to heat or cool a large building, and the last thing you want to be doing is paying to control the temperature of your indoor space only to find out that a poor building envelope is putting all that money to waste.

A Building Envelope Also Protects Buildings

One of the worst things that can happen to a building in terms of cost and deterioration is water ingress. Water ingress occurs when water leaks into your building. This water might be from a rainfall or it could be caused by high humidity. When water enters a building and goes unnoticed or is not removed, it can cause the structure of a building to rot or deteriorate. A solid building envelope can help to prevent this expensive problem.

Your building envelope can save or cost you money. It starts with professional construction, ongoing maintenance and oversight. Hiring a building envelope professional in Vancouver can help you resolve minor issues before they become catastrophic. They can also help ensure your building is as energy efficient as possible.


Restoring a Vancouver Building Envelope?

Always hire a professional building envelope restoration company

October 29, 2013

No matter what kind of building you're considering restoring, the most important part of the restoration is the building envelope. The building envelope is the outer layer of a home or commercial building, the layer that keeps the rainy Vancouver weather out. If just a little bit of water makes its way into your building, it can do serious damage and threaten the structural integrity of the building. Don't take the risk; always hire a professional building envelope restoration company.

Restoring a Vancouver Building Envelope

Getting Every Detail Taken Care

Professionals in the building envelope restoration business understand how important it is to pay attention to every detail. The alternative is to hire contractors to take care of each individual part of the building envelope. Bring in roofers to handle the roof, window and door specialists to make sure you don't have any weak points around openings, and have the walls done by builders. It can be a lot of work just to manage all the contractors and their sub-contractors.

When you hire professionals whose focus is the maintenance of the building envelope, you'll get everything taken care of in one go. Each and every potential leak point will be looked at and the various overlaps between different parts of the building will be covered with care. Building envelope restoration professionals do the entire job with particular attention to the zones which are most likely to present a threat later on.

Here in Vancouver, it pays to be attentive about preventing weather ingress. Wet conditions are especially damaging if your building envelope isn't securely restored. If you want to give yourself the most value for your money, hire Vancouver professionals who specialize in building envelope restoration. You'll find yourself with a weather proof and energy efficient building.


How to Choose a Vancouver Building Envelope Restoration Contractor

September 21, 2013

Even the smallest point of entry for water can cause major damage in a home or commercial building. Moisture is one of the biggest reasons that homes need to be restored and moisture gets in when the building envelope isn't well cared for. This can be especially troublesome in Vancouver's wet environment.

Vancouver Building Envelope Restoration Contractor

The building envelope is a single term that describes all the outermost components of a home that keep the elements outside. Windows, doors, eaves and flashings, the walls, roof, and foundation are all part of a building's envelope. Short term damage from water can be fixed, but in the long term the real restoration needs to happen to the building envelope.

Not all contractors make it a priority to focus on the building envelope as a whole. There are always specialists who know how to seal around windows and doors, there are roofing experts and restoration experts who remove damaged walls and replace them with new ones. But to prevent future problems you need a specialist who restores building envelopes in their entirety.

Experience

One of the best indicators of whether or not a building envelope restoration contractor will be thorough is their experience. How long have they been in business? Where do they operate? Do they understand the unique challenges of your area? How long as the focus been on building envelopes rather than other construction specialties?

WCB Certified

Certification matters. Look for the WCB certification before hiring.

Inclusive Work Process

What you want from your building envelope restoration contractor is a clear process from the evaluation of your building to the completion of restoration. What that means is you should feel like you're always included and know just what is needed and why.

Partner with a building envelope restoration contractor who has the experience behind them to know how important it is to treat the job as a partnership. You'll know you've found the right contractor when they make you feel confident and engaged.

Aspects of a Building Envelope

August 21, 2013

So what is it that makes a building envelope truly sealed against the outside elements? It is not necessarily a complex list, but each element is key to keeping your building exterior protected from moisture and damage.

Vancouver Condo Building

Window and Door Detailing

Proper detailing around windows and doors is key to keeping your building from water damage. Every small space must be sealed and painted sufficiently.

Self-Adhesive Membranes

Modern construction uses self-adhesive membranes in order to seal a building tightly. A self-adhesive membrane is the waterproofing layer for the foundation, where the dangers of water damage are obvious. The snug fit and impermeability of self-adhesive membranes make them indispensable to a complete and effective building envelope.

Caulkings

You've probably heard of caulk because it's used around showers, bathtubs, and in places where a seam needs to be sealed inside a building. But construction caulking is used to seal the seams of a building where nothing else can fill and seal.

Flashing

Flashing materials are often lead, aluminium, copper, stainless or galvanized steel, zinc alloy, or other metals. Flashing is inserted where water is sure to drip through, and the surface of the metal is aimed so the water is propelled away from the building.

Cladding

Cladding is another way to provide a skin for the building, by putting one material on top of another in order to create an impenetrable layer. Plus, water is again channelled away from the building.

Rain Screen and Face Seal Wall Systems

Face seal wall systems are a fairly simple concept. The entire wall is sealed, top to bottom, using caulking where necessary to create a complete seal. On the other hand, rain screen wall systems resist water from the outside, but also include an air gap between the exterior wall and the structure of the house. Many say rain screen systems are better because they allow for the movement of air where a face seal system keeps moisture in as well as out. But both systems can successfully be used to keep your building safe and dry.


Don't Let Water Ruin Your Condo Complex

July 22, 2013

Vancouver Condo Complex

The signs of a water leak in your condo units may be subtle at first, and the prospect of hiring a contractor to fix the leak feels like such a big deal. For these reasons, a lot of properties let a problem go, either ignoring it unconsciously or consciously, in the hopes that it's not as bad as it seems. This kind of delay can do unbelievable amounts of damage. In fact, the sooner you act in addressing a condo leak, the less damage will be done and the cheaper the overall repair will be. Don't wait; hire a contractor who is experienced in leaky condo repairs before it's too late.

Water Ingress Issues

The vast majority of the time, water damage is caused because there is one small area where the water can come inside a building. The entire building has what is called a building envelope, and that includes all of the areas which keep water out, from the roof to windows and walls, and even the foundation. Anywhere in the building envelope that the elements are not sealed out correctly can be a point of ingress for moisture. The signs of water damage include buckling or warped walls and ceilings, discoloration and water marks, or cracking and peeling paint or wallpaper.

If you think you might have a water ingress issue in your condo complex, have a contractor out to review the security of the building envelope. This is a common type of assessment, especially in places where the weather is often wet. Contractors can have a look at the damage, and let you know if you need to deal with rot and mold due to a leak.

The best thing you can do today is get someone started on the job of fixing your leaky condo. It may feel like a big deal, but the longer you leave it, the worse it'll get.


The Importance of Deck Repair and Maintenance in Vancouver

June 30, 2013

Deck Repair and Maintenance in Vancouver

No matter where you live, a deck that is starting to fall apart is a hazard. But here in Vancouver, we have very wet weather which compounds the problem and only increases the speed at which decks age and deteriorate. It's very important that your deck is maintained properly, and if repair is required, it's best to have it completed as soon as possible.

Signs of Wear

Keep an eye out for common signs of wear on your deck so that you know when to call a deck repair specialist. Depending on the material your deck is made of, the signs that you may need repair will be different.

Wooden decks are the most likely type of deck to decompose and become hazardous. If you haven't been out on your deck in a while, tread carefully. Visually inspect the deck for any holes or boards that seem to be splintering towards the ends. When you walk across the deck, pay close attention to see if you feel soft spots. Also listen for squeaky or creaking boards.

Decks made of other materials, such as those with vinyl membranes, will show damage with discoloration or peeling spots. This is unsightly and usually a sign of poor drainage and further damage that cannot be seen.

Deck Repair Refreshes a Vancouver Home or Business

The good news is that deck repair and maintenance is really worth every penny you pay. The look of your home can be improved significantly with a newly surfaced deck. You can have it re-sloped so that water drainage works as intended. And you can repair any damage that may be structural and pose the risk of injury.

If you're concerned that your Vancouver business or home has a deck that is a hazard, call a deck repair and maintenance company. Have an assessment and learn just what needs to be completed to return your deck to being safe and attractive.


Building Envelope Restoration Services in Vancouver

May 31, 2013

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Here in Vancouver, we can depend on one thing every year: the weather will be pretty wet. With an especially wet climate, our Vancouver homes and office buildings are under almost constant threat. Ensuring that your building envelope is secure and protecting the structural integrity and your belongings from water damage is critical. If you think you might need restoration work on a building in Vancouver, its well worth your while to call an envelope restoration expert for an assessment.

What is a Building Envelope?

Simply put, the building envelope refers to the outer shell of a building, including the roof, outer walls, windows and foundation; together these form the protective barrier between you and the elements. It also plays an important role in ensuring you're not losing heat and efficiency when it's cold out in Vancouver, which is not uncommon.

What is Involved in Building Envelope Restoration Jobs?

Air and water are the main concerns when a building envelope is assessed, and the structure, insulation, ventilation, and drainage around the building are all taken into account. The good news is that experienced building envelope restoration contractors will do an assessment for free, to determine what kind of work needs to be done. You may simply need caulking around windows or improved or replaced flashing around drainage pipes. Or you may want to invest in self-adhesive membranes that can seal the areas where the building is at risk.

Finding the Right Building Envelope Contractor

It is important to find the right Vancouver building envelope contractor to assess your building envelope and give you a good idea of what you might need. The right contractor will do a free assessment and give you an honest overview of any risks. And of course, look for someone local who knows what the Vancouver weather can do to a building.


The Importance of Proper Building Envelope Installation & Maintenance

February 28, 2013

For those who don't know, the building envelope is the outer layer that helps to protect the inside or interior aspects of a building from the environment. This includes the outer walls, roof, foundation and windows of your building. The building envelope helps provide protection from heat and moisture, as well as serves as a buffer between the interior aspects of the building and the outside elements, such as weather. It is important that you understand how important it is to care for the building envelope on your Vancouver structure and why proper maintenance repair is as important as a properly installed building envelope.

One of the biggest threats to a building is water damage, meaning that the building takes on water when it should not be. Your building envelope is only working properly if it can effectively protect your building from exterior weather, provide good quality indoor air, and be energy and cost efficient. This all depends on the durability and quality of the materials used to create your building envelope.

In order for your building envelope to be in proper working order, you need to make sure that the materials used are high quality and that the installation is performed properly. Any failure in either of these two categories could result in a damaged interior building, thus creating a building envelope that is not up to par.

It is important that you building envelope have certain characteristics when it is installed. This includes a solid structure, such as brick and mortar, both of which need to be of high quality materials. Your building envelope must also contain a drainage plane, and barriers - air, thermal and vapor, in order to properly protect your building. It is also necessary for the building envelop to be able to control moisture and serve as protector against dampness. Lastly, when having a building envelope installed, you need to make sure there is proper insulation and ventilation put into place.

Furthermore, once your building envelope is installed, it is important that you keep up with maintenance and repairs. It is a good idea to have your building envelope inspected every few years to make sure it is working adequately, especially in a wet climate like we see in Greater Vancouver. Failure to keep up with maintenance and have repairs completed could result in damage to the interior of your building. This could include air leakage, heat loss and rain penetration, which can result in deterioration of the structure earlier than should be occurring, poor indoor air quality and increased energy costs as a result of energy inefficiency.

All of these reasons combined emphasize that proper building envelope installation, maintenance and repair are the key to saving the integrity of your Vancouver structure, as well as keeping money in your wallet in the long run!

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