As you may know, the weather is hardly consistent during the time period of a construction project. It can get hot. It can get cold. It can get extremely windy, or randomly start raining or storming. All of those weather changes can potentially damage the building your construction team is putting all of its efforts into — especially for the long-term.

When it comes to commercial construction, it’s crucial to consider getting your building installed with weather barriers. That includes water and air barrier protection systems that are ideal to meet the demands of your commercial construction projects. Weather barriers are essential because they can keep weather elements out of your commercial building and keep you a step ahead of today’s evolving building and energy codes.

At Sage Construction in Des Moines, Iowa, we strive to be your go-to contractor when it comes to our fluid applied weather barrier installations. Give us a call today for more information!

Here’s some basic information you should know if you’re considering installing a weather barrier system:

What exactly is it?

Basically, weather barriers are designed to keep the weather outside from affecting the temperature inside of your building. It’s like if the building were a turtle, the barrier acts as a shell protecting it from extreme weather. The weather barrier is installed when walls of the building are being built, and it keeps any rain, snow and air flow from the wind out. In the long run, it keeps the building from deteriorating at a high rate and adds a sense of protection from the planet’s ever-changing weather.

A weather barrier installation is the step in the building process when the construction team working on the building installs the weather barrier of your choosing or their preference.

The most common types of weather barriers are made from the following:

  • Polyolefin building wrap (Think about the brand Tyvek)
  • Building felt  
  • Adhesive membranes

The most common layers that go into a weather barrier include the following:

  • A layer for rain control
  • A layer for air control
  • A layer for vapor control
  • A layer for thermal control

The team of experts at Sage Construction utilize water and fluid applied air barrier protection systems designed specifically for commercial construction.

What exactly do weather barriers prevent?

To state the obvious here, weather barriers protect your building from weather. Over the past several years, builders have figured out that weather barriers are effective ways of keeping water and snow out of buildings while also allowing the building’s walls to dry out when necessary.

If moisture from wet weather gets into the building’s walls, a variety of negative effects can happen: mold, rotting wood and mildew, to name a few examples. Those issues come with a lot of headaches that aren’t exactly cheap, so you’re better off spending money up-front to install a weather barrier during a building’s construction period.

The Benefits of Installation

Weather barrier installations are becoming more and more important in the building and construction industries because they prevent mold from forming and growing inside of a building’s walls. These industries are updating their code requirements to include weather barriers, mostly for the factor of energy efficiency. Having a well-insulated home means less money spent on cooling and heating costs

Better Protection & Improved Comfort

This extra layer on your walls does more than just prevent mold and keep the temperature inside your building more consistent — it makes sure the air quality and comfort levels are consistent while in your building.

When the building is protected from unpredictable weather, it won’t matter if an unexpected snow storm rolls into town, because the people in your building will hardly feel the effects.

Energy Efficiency

Think about it — if the walls in your building are protected by a weather barrier, the chances of hot air affecting your cool, conditioned indoors are reduced. The same thing goes for the opposite situation. If it’s the dead of winter, you don’t want the heat inside of your building going to waste because of poorly insulated walls.

Installing weather barriers in your commercial building ultimately saves money in the long run because you won’t be forced to crank up the heater or air conditioner when the weather is extreme throughout the year.

Better Durability

With this extra barrier of protection on your building, you won’t have to worry about a substantial storm ruining it, potentially saving you thousands of dollars for any unfortunate future disasters.

Also, weather barriers can be helpful when a construction project is underway. For example, before they were being installed into buildings, weather barriers were primarily used to keep water out of buildings that were under construction. They are still used for that purpose, and can actually be a durable option for sun and tear resistance on a job site.

Choose Sage Construction As Your Contractor

Overall, installing a weather barrier on your commercial building won’t be a wrong or hasty decision. At Sage Construction, our team of highly skilled and experienced experts know the importance of keeping your buildings safe and protected from uncontrollable weather. Our system of fluid application for these weather barriers meets the demanding needs of any commercial project, and it allows us to install these barriers in a shorter amount of time than our competitors.

Let us be your next contractor in Des Moines! For more information, call us today at (515) 393-4350, or request an appointment by filling out our online form.