Commercial Wraps and How to Protect Your House from Water Damage

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Water Damage at Home

One of the major forms of damage that any homeowner fears is water damage.

Unlike other forms that can cause external damage to a house, water seeping in through the home’s structure (whether from a torrential storm, a gentle rain or even a minor leak) can put a major dent in your bank account.  

And it can enter your home in any number of ways– through a weakly insulated roof, a windowsill that water logs over time or through gaps and cracks in the wall assembly — sneaking in and collecting in the structure without the occupants even noticing it. And by the time you do, the repairs could run into thousands of dollars.

Other than causing financial damage, water logging also leads to the weakening of the structure itself. This is mainly due to the formation of mold, rot, mildew, etc that tends to grow inside the walls — invisible unless properly inspected for – leading to health hazards like respiratory problems, allergies, etc among the occupants.

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The Use of Commercial Wraps

This is where commercial wraps come in. A common sight at most construction sites, these wraps help keep water out of those crevices that have the potential to cause water related problems at a later stage.

To avoid the risk of water intrusion, these commercial wraps are ‘wrapped’ all the way around the house keeping the threat of water at bay. That being said, we all know that windows and external doorways cannot be sealed as they need to be opened for access. Here, however, proper flashing and sealants can be used to restrict the entry of water to a large extent.

Utility exposures are another area through which water enters the structure. These include hose bibs, dryer vents, etc. The most vulnerable, however, is the spot where the walls meet the roof — a very common spot for water damage. As water slides down the roof, it can find its way all through the structure causing significant damage.

Commercial wraps, made from strong Tyvek material which are also used for medical packaging, thus provide added insurance against water intrusion by helping reduce the entry of moisture into the house thus preventing any structural damage. Regardless if Tyvek is used with LPA (label applicator systems)like that from Doranix, its durability still prevails.

Timber frames, floors  and other structural elements can be shielded from force winds and water using commercial wraps made from high-strength, tear-resistant materials which form an  effective seal when used as a barrier against water and wind. And it can be used with a wide variety of wall substrates too—from stone, stucco, marble to metal panels, brick and granite.

Designed to seamlessly integrate into your home’s design without interfering with the appearance of your home, most commercial wraps do not require lengthy installation processes. And since they are engineered to ensure the greatest protection against the elements, you can rest assured that your home will be safe and that you need not worry about repairs and maintenance due to water damage especially after a torrential downpour.