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Is It Important to Waterproof Masonry?

Masonry Work At Construction Site

A building whose masonry is not waterproof may generate enormous heat losses; even a light wind can pull out the heat, even require the attention of masonry restoration Connecticut companies provide.

When we talk about energy efficiency, we mean obtaining a controlled environment, with no airflow. The lack of waterproofing measures negatively influences the indoor comfort, building durability and energy efficiency.

However, although waterproofing masonry is the right thing to do, there are many misconceptions about it, which makes it controversial and a subject highly debated. People`s concerns related to waterproofing masonry are the lack of air in the building and the fact that walls are not allowed to “breathe” properly. These concerns could be legit if we do not take into account proper house ventilation and adequate materials for waterproofing masonry.

But what you need to know is that vapor permeability of a material and waterproofing do not need to exclude each other. A good quality waterproof material is permeable to vapors, so it will cause no moisture issues.

Unfortunately, many people still refuse to take into account waterproofing masonry, considering it an obstacle to proper ventilation. What they do not know is that those air movements due to lack of waterproofing measures can have serious repercussions on various construction elements. Practically, when two air streams with different temperatures and levels of humidity meet, create a proper environment for condensation that destroys the insulation and even the building`s structure, over time.

Empowering Women in the Roofing Industry

Women in Construction

One of the first women roofers used to say that roofing is actually similar with laying out a dress pattern.  Only the tools are different.

We are not experienced to tell if this comparison is accurate, but the roofing industry could use the contribution of more women. It has been considered the domain of the men, just like many other industries that demand more physical effort. However, the truth is the absence of women in the roofing industry has little to do  with the  physical requirements, but it has everything to do with their education and the fact that they have been traditionally discouraged  to involve in such domains and “guided” to fulfill more domestic and “feminine” duties.

It is incredibly hard to raise above what tradition tells you to be, because tradition often means family, but this is exactly what some women do these days: they prove that they can fully qualify for construction industry and successfully perform various jobs, both easy and difficult, just like their male colleagues. Most importantly, they are the example that a woman can be happy and fulfilled through her job – and she has to be allowed and encouraged to enjoy her choice without being made responsible for the world`s decadence.

Today, there are volunteer organizations that promote the presence of women in fields traditionally dominated by men and support their careers.

New England Masonry and Restoration supports women in the roofing industry.  Visit their website at http://www.nemasonry.com.

 

When Might I Need An Emergency Roof Repair?

Roof Repair

The roof is the most vulnerable when it comes to water infiltration and it needs to be inspected regularly, in order to detect any small issue before it turns into a disaster. However, even with all the precautions, unfortunate things happens sometimes and you may need to call for emergency commercial roofing Connecticut services.

After a natural disaster, whether it is an earthquake, a hurricane or a hailstorm, damaging consequences may affect the roof and must be addressed immediately.

If the roof inspection reveals torn or uplifting shingles, prudent owners will call immediately a professional roofer to take a closer look and do the necessary repairs, before water gets the chance to infiltrate under the roof. If the water actually penetrates the roof, you are into a serious problem because it will start its destructive process and the roof will become more and more vulnerable, so do not ignore the emergency when you see it!

In case of roof penetrations – which are the most serious problems that owners might face – the damaged area must be covered immediately. If it is too big to be repaired, you must consider installing a new roof.

Another emergency situation that requires immediate repairs/ replacements is broken gutters. If the gutters cannot collect the water from the roof and evacuate it properly, water will infiltrate in the house`s structure.

 

What To Know About Abestos Abatement

Asbestos Abatement Services

Despite irrefutable scientific evidence that shows the dangers of asbestos, two million tons of this carcinogenic material are exported every year to the developing world, where it is often used without regard to any law.

Asbestos has excellent insulation properties, therefore it has been widely used for many years in constructions, but it has been banned worldwide because it turned to be damaging to human health. Specialists discovered that inhaled asbestos fibers can cause various types of cancer.

Diseases are triggered with delay after exposure to asbestos. Inhalation of the fibers causes a pulmonary medical condition known in medicine as “asbestosis”, which increases the risk of lung cancer up to six times. Moreover, exposure to asbestos may increase the risk of cancer of the upper respiratory tract, esophagus and kidney.

If these health hazards were not present, asbestos would have been the best thermal and sound insulator, being also durable (the word “asbestos” originates from ancient Greek and means “durable”). Fortunately, companies have developed a replacement – a non-asbestos thermal insulation board made of non-asbestos-bonded mineral fibers and united with a binder.  Be sure to hire superior workmanship for masonry restoration projects and other exterior projects when dealing with asbestos abatement.

Asbestos-free insulation boards have the following advantages:

  • High temperature resistance (up to 1200 degrees Celsius)
  • Modifiable
  • Superior quality
  • Safe for health
  • Competitive price.

 

How Can Exterior Pressure Washing Help My Building?

Pressure Washing Home Exterior

A pressure washer is an indispensable accessory for homeowners, which can be used to clean dust and dirt even from the most hidden dugouts.

What surfaces can you clean with a pressure washer?

– You can wash the car, removing the mud and dirt after a long road

– You can wash the exterior of the windows, removing the dust brought by the wind and turned into mud spots by rains

– You can clean garden furniture

– You can clean the gutters (for the roof, it is recommended to use a lower pressure, otherwise you risk to cause more damage than good)

– You can remove the scratched paint from metallic surfaces

– You can wash the paved alleys from the yard quickly and without headaches, especially dirt and deposits between cracks.

Last but not least, with a pressure washer you can clean the facade of a house. Besides dirt, the facades are also exposed to moisture, which favors the growth of mold and muscles. Pressure water cleaning can be performed with the help of a detergent and followed by a mold removal treatment.  If your home’s siding needs repaired, be sure to get the help of a Connecticut masonry expert prior to any cleaning being done with a pressure washer.

Very dirty facades indicate that they have not been maintained properly. Cleaning them with a pressure washer is often enough to refresh them, if the siding material allows, but if you notice other problems after cleaning, then you most likely need to consider some repairs.