How Do You Prevent Water Ingress Through Vertical Cladding?
When horizonal cladding was first introduced as a external feature to a home, it was considered as the traditional cladding for buildings and homes. However, nowadays, more people are resorting to vertical timber cladding for a unique architectural view. With this type of cladding, it’s important you avoid any problems that may arise, such as water ingress.
Water ingress is when water enters a building and can cause damage to the wood and the impending furniture. This water can also lead to damage, fungal decay and negative impact on the environment. Hence, it is necessary to take appropriate measures to prevent water ingress in all the buildings.
How can you tell if you have water ingress?
A self-inspection can be carried out to check whether you have water ingress. A few tell-tale warning signs include:
- Soggy areas on the floors and walls
- Growth of mold
- Peeling paint
- Damp odour
If your home or building has timber vertical cladding, you need to pay extra attention. Timber is not water-proof; this means there is an increased chance of water ingress can take place, in order to prevent this, there are certain rules to be kept in mind.
- The first thing is that you need to cover the wall properly with a waterproof material. This needs to be done meticulously so that any water can drain out easily.
- Secondly, you need to make sure that there is enough air circulation behind the cladding. This is important to dry up water, in case there is a leakage. Vertical cladding built with a slight ventilation gap at the back will help prevent this from happening. Additionally, running a silicone bead down each side is also a great idea to prevent further water ingress.
- The third step is to place a fire stopping device at the top of every vent to prevent the onset of any accidental fires.
- When nailing the vertical cladding, it is best to use stainless steel at an upward angle. This is so that any running water will run towards the board and not the fabric of the building.
- Using a water repellant or façade cream can help prevent water ingress. These penetrate into the brick, stone or concrete, so that it repels any water seeping through.
- Lastly, the best way to prevent any further water ingress is to act quickly, even when the first signs of water damage show up. If you wait for it to get worse, it can be a very costly and time-consuming process to get them replaced.
A properly detailed timber vertical cladding can last at least 50 years or even more. At Gosford frame and truss, we have 30 years of experience in building timber cladding and helping to prevent water ingress. All our structures are built with the highest quality materials and will last a lifetime if properly maintained. We can provide you with the right cladding products at affordable prices.
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