Construction Defect Center's National Building Envelope
Building envelope problems have become one of the most
common building problems in post 2000 US residential
construction. Unfortunately, building envelope issues,
are still some of the least understood, even though they
are frequently easy to see.
building envelope is what separates the inside of a
building from the outside. A typical building envelope
consists of the foundation, exterior walls, windows,
doors, and the roof. This sounds simple, and building
envelope issues are fairly easy to spot.
Construction Defect Center has heard from homeowners complaining about
their homes exterior siding products.
If you have had any of the following problems with siding & your home,
please contact the Construction Defect Center immediately at
Building Envelope Types & Problems:
Stucco, or Synthetic Stucco: The biggest problems
with stucco, or synthetic stucco in newer US
residential real estate is cracking, that allows for
water to enter the home, or condominium. If the
contractor failed to properly install sealant joints
around the windows, properly use flashing around the
doors, or windows, failed to install an inadequate
base coat around the corners, or failed to install
expansion joints this type of building envelope, or
siding system will fail, with the result being mold,
and damage to the wood framing. We have seen these
specific types of problems in subdivisions, or
condominiums especially in California, Oregon,
Washington, Florida, Texas, South Carolina, North
Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana, New Mexico, Colorado,
Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Hawaii, and Mississippi.
Wood Siding, or Engineered Wood Siding: As long as
it is installed, and maintained properly
natural wood siding is typically problem free.
However, engineered wood sidings are made from
various combinations of wood veneers, fibers or
flakes, bound together with glues, resins, and/or
waxes. Plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), and
hardboard are basic engineered wood siding
materials. Several different types and brands of
engineered wood siding have experienced
moisture-related failures due to product or
installation defects, or improper maintenance. We
have seen widespread problems with engineered wood
siding in subdivisions, and condominiums in
California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada,
Utah, Idaho, Maryland, and Alaska.
If you live in a newer US subdivision, town home, or
condominium project and you are suffering from water
leaks, you have visually seen cracks in stucco, or
synthetic stucco siding, and or if you are seeing black,
or green mold growing, and or what appears to be bloated
wood siding on your home please call the Construction
Defect Center immediately at 866-714-6466.
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