In part one of this two-part series, a construction lawyer in Brentwood, TN, from Cotney Construction Law discussed the nuances of selecting the correct building wrap for your projects. We kicked off the article by discussing the three important functions of building wrap, which include:
- Preventing precipitation from infiltrating the exterior cladding
- Allowing water vapor to exit the building envelope
- Regulating the amount of air entering and exiting the structure
Then, we explained the importance of longevity and why patching up a poor job might not be possible for the majority of commercial projects, especially if the wrong materials are selected. Next time you’re installing building wrap, remember that moisture infiltration is responsible for a large share of defective work claims. We’ve seen it time and time again at our construction law office in Brentwood; it’s the smallest mistakes that you can’t see when construction is completed that often lead to the most problematic legal issues. To protect your business against defective work claims, consult a construction attorney in Brentwood, TN.
When it comes to selecting an application method for installing a building wrap, it’s important that contractors refer to the applicable building code to ensure that they use the correct method. Building wraps can be attached in a number of ways, including:
- Mechanically Applied
Keep in mind that self-adhesive wraps come in impermeable and permeable varieties. If your project site is hit with wind and rain, a permeable wrap may lose its seal. This also applies to liquid-applied wraps. Since these wraps are the most expensive, you will want to make certain that you are selecting the proper variation.
Compatibility and Performance
In order for a building wrap to serve its purpose, it must be installed with compatible materials. This means selecting the correct sheathing tape, flashing, and sealants to prevent potential water infiltration and facilitate smooth transitions between different types of materials. Performance is predicated on a number of factors. You will need to consider the expected life of the building, your construction budget, climate features, and more to ensure that your building wrap meets peak performance requirements.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.