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Accommodation and protection against moisture infiltration, in the form of liquid water and water vapor, is commonly considered the most important property of any new construction project. Controlling rainwater infiltration throughout the enclosure generally takes precedence, since it’s considered to be the most critical to ensuring a durable building.
There are 3 fundamental categories for controlling rainwater for above-grade walls: storage, perfect barrier, and rainscreen concepts.
As design and construction practices evolve over time, so have the methods of controlling moisture. For example, historic mass masonry walls relied on the sheer mass of multi-wythes of masonry materials to absorb, store, redistribute, and release moisture with time.
Today, moisture control in masonry cavity walls commonly relies on the rainscreen principle, which integrates multiple lines of defense, including an air space for drainage and drying. This method of moisture control has an effective performance track record.
Specifying skilled, qualified craftworkers that are trained in best practices for controlling moisture is key to the success of your project. This might include practices like proper mortar application in head joints to ensure water sheds off the veneer and mitigating obstructions within the air space like mortar fins and droppings to allow the assembly to drain and dry.
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