Keeping your building’s protective barrier, a.k.a. its envelope, intact, leak free, and in good repair is a great way to avoid spending your hard earned profits on energy costs. The envelope entails any part of your building structure that keeps outside elements from coming inside when closed. Otherwise, your roof, EIFS, windows, doors, walls, and even floors can leak and make your HVAC work harder, or worse let water leaks damage equipment or cause microbial growth.
Michigan’s temperate climate brings its own stresses on building materials including the seasonal flux in temperature. Expanding and contracting flashing can create holes in your roof where the nails have been used to keep sheeting in place or cracks in caulking around windows. Additionally, rain and wind can cause erosion where different types of materials are connected and hail can poke holes in roofing or siding, as a few examples. When these types of leaks happen, your AC has to work harder in the summer to cool your office and regulate the humidity, while in the winter it also works harder to warm up the space and add necessary moisture for comfort. Furthermore, rain leaks can do major damage to your ceiling, your structure, or result in microbial growth which can create headaches, allergies, or asthma to occur in building occupants. Mold that is hidden or has a source that isn’t completely fixed is costly for a building owners in the long run. The quality of air your staff breathes or the exposure from outside elements can affect their health and, in turn, their attendance.
In conclusion, it’s important to check the caulk around your building exterior annually for cracks. Caulk may have a 5 year life cycle, but there are too many variables that can cause ware and tare. Hire a reputable caulking company to fix any caulking leaks. Also check your roof and roof flashings annually for any visual damage that could lead to leaks. Or if you’re experiencing a leak, contact a reputable roofer who will ensure that leaks are fixed to find and eliminate microbial growth. Should you have mold or be concerned about mold, or any structural issues, call Wolgast. Our Restoration and Construction Teams will be able to help you get your office back to a leak free status to keep your energy costs down.