Your home is designed to last for a good, long while. That makes a lot of sense, if you think about the kind of investment you’ve made—not only do expect to live in your home, as you pay off your thirty-year mortgage, but you also expect to out on the other side having made some profit. This makes your home a very special kind of investment, and that’s why homes have generally been regarded as low-risk avenues to invest your money. But that investment must be protected—and when we talk about a home, we mostly mean that it must be protected from the elements.
In the event of a catastrophe—if a thunderstorm or a tornado blows your home away or a fire destroys your home—your investment will be covered by insurance. But that’s not true if Mother Nature takes its time, slowly eating away at your home until you’re left with nothing but wood rot. It’s possible—Mother Nature is much more patient than we are and both air and water can slowly erode your home. The solution, then, is to protect your investment with an air and water barrier. And air and water barrier is, generally, a solution that is sprayed or applied to the exterior of your home that is designed to rebuff the blows of nature and protect your home.
We don’t notice Mother Nature as much when she’s working slowly. Fire and thunder may seem as though they’re the biggest danger to our home, but that’s not always the case. When they’re working slowly and methodically, water and wind can cause just as much damage to your home. Wind can wear away at any exposed piece of your home—especially if you live in an area that has relatively consistent high winds. And water can slowly cause issues in your home. Wood can rot. Mold can grow. Either of these problems on its own could be expensive, but combined that can be quite difficult to deal with.
Air barriers and water barriers can help mitigate some of these damages, and you’ll definitely want to be particular about where you place them. Water barriers should be installed where you’re likely to receive a lot of water contact (the roof, for example, or around the foundation). Air barriers should be placed where you’re likely to get the most wind contact, for example along the sides of the structure. Most of these barriers are composed of silicone, in the case of air barriers, or waterproof materials in the case of water barriers (indeed, in most cases, your roof is designed to push water away from it, towards the ground).
The cost of installing an air barrier or water barrier is highly variable, but the variables that form that cost are pretty consistent. When Exterior Contracting, Inc., performs an estimate, we generally look at the following elements:
Your home is incredibly valuable to you, and while you’ve probably done a great job of insuring that home against catastrophic occurrences, that might not be so true with the slow ravages of Mother Nature. Protect your home from air and water damage with barriers designed to keep your investment safe and sound. The best insurance you can get against water damage, after all, is prevention. So protect your investment and your home, and contact Exterior Contracting, Inc., today.