Weatherproofing and preventative maintenance is often placed on the homeowner after purchasing a new construction home. As a builder, you have the opportunity to increase the value of your homes by taking the extra step to weatherproof, which extends the life of the home and sets them apart from the competition. Here are some steps you can take to go the extra mile and prepare your developments for the elements.
Build an improved basement. A reinforced concrete foundation should incorporate elements that protect the basement from water, which is a common cause for structural issues. Consider using these treatments on your concrete to keep moisture out:
Invest in the deck. Decks are fully exposed to the elements as they lack roof covering, so it’s important to think beyond a water-resistant paint finish and start thinking about a more dynamic construction of the deck and materials. Start by framing the deck above code using flashing details to ensure that corners of the deck shed water and use a combination of concrete footing and wooden posts for the piers. For material, look into pressure treated wood and rust proof metal fittings
That’s a wrap. Many builders have turned to house wraps as a replacement for sheathing paper. Quality house wrap material will provide waterproof protection and have a high moisture vapor transmission rate in order to work at its best. When they are done right, a good house wrap will save the homeowner money in the long run by providing U.V. protection, reduce heating and cooling costs and allow vapor to flow more easily out of the building.
Consider carbon fiber. Rebuilding an antique home to modern standards? Consider the advanced technology potentials of Carbon Fiber Reinforcement. It can greatly improve the structural integrity of a building or garage by providing a cost-effective and non-destructive repair solution for a range of structural integrity issues. By maintaining the original structure of the home, you can then apply a range of retrofit waterproofing solutions around the original construction instead of having to rebuild it from scratch.