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Prevent Problems by Keeping Moisture Out

Posted by Becky Eades

Nov 10, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Houses and moisture go together like, well, oil and moisture. Many of the most serious problems in a home's structure starts with water intrusion. Luckily, NCFI materials for your construction projects can help block infiltration, keeping the homes you build in better shape for a longer time.

Both our bodies and the earth's surface are roughly 75% water. However, in the wrong place, moisture can be extremely damaging. When moisture penetrates a building envelope, it can cause mold and mildew, promote corrosion and rot, and even attract insects. Along the way, it can stain surfaces, break down adhesives and weaken insulation. In areas with temperature swings, it can shrink and contract, causing freeze-thaw damage.

Moisture has multiple ways of penetrating a structure. The most simple way is through leaks in the building. However, even if a building has no visible leaks, just allowing wet outdoor air to pass into a cooler, dryer building can cause indoor condensation. Water vapor diffusion happens when a building has different moisture levels than the outside air. Regardless of the cause of moisture intrusion, using the right materials for your construction projects can help to prevent it.

NCFI's closed-cell spray polyurethane foam insulation protects building envelopes in multiple ways. First, it serves as an air barrier, sealing a building against air infiltration. It also can withstand direct water intrusion. Its unique nature means that it physically blocks the water and regains its full insulating capacity when it dries out.

Contact us today at NCFI to see how our products can help your building projects stay protected from the elements.


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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Spray Polyurethane, NCFI