Are you tired of worn-out building exteriors, higher energy bills, and structural inefficiencies that age your property faster than usual? Did you know that building envelope faults can lead to extremely costly repairs and dangers if left untreated? At Carmax Consulting, we’re proud to partner with homeowners to help them keep their property safe for the many years to come. In addition to extensive interior renovation expertise, Carmax offers exterior renovation services through the Edmonton Capital Region. Learn more about protecting your building envelope.
What Is Building Envelope
A building’s “envelope” refers to all elements of the outer shell of a structure that helps to maintain a dry, heated (or cooled) indoor environment as well as manage its climate control. Much like an envelope helps protect its contents from the outside elements, your home’s envelope helps to maintain a pleasant interior by meeting multiple functions:
- Facilitating the flow of matter and energy throughout the home
- Resisting the transfer of unwanted elements (moisture)
- Enhancing the overall aesthetics of the space.
What Happens When The Envelope Is Compromised?
When your home’s building envelope begins to fail, significant problems can develop throughout the property. Because the envelope plays a key role in keeping out moisture, vapour, cool air, and more, your comfort within the home, as well as the overall health of the structure can be compromised. Issues that may arise include:
- Sudden cool spots around the home
- Standing water rotting sheathing and framing material
- Mould developing throughout the home, and more.
Signs Your Envelope Is Failing
Thankfully, there are typically many signs that can help savvy homeowners identify building envelope failures. These include:
High Energy Bills: If your energy bills have drastically increased over time with no other viable reason, this could be an indication of an envelope failure.
Fluctuating Temperatures: Your home should have even temperatures from room to room. If different rooms have starkly different temperatures, that’s a clear sign your home is poorly insulated.
Chilly Drafts: If you notice drafts in areas of your home during the winter months, there’s a strong chance your window, frames, and doorways aren’t living up to the best standards.
Ice Dams On Your Roof: Ice dams are a direct result of heat rising from your poorly insulated home and melting the bottom layer of snow on your roof. The melt water then trickles down towards your gutters and once it hits the colder air may begin to freeze. This can cause large chunks of ice and oversized icicles to form on the perimeter of your roof, called ice damming.
Exterior Renovations And More
At Carmax Consulting we understand how important building envelope is to protecting the longevity of your home, as well your comfort. If you’re experiencing any of the above issues, we’re here to help. Learn more about our exterior renovation consulting and more by contacting our team today!