the most beautiful newly constructed property is subject to fall
within this category. Once moisture has entered the exterior siding,
moisture barrier, and inner walls exponential damage has started.
Evaporation and condensation cause soaking of structural lumber promoting
rot, twisting, swelling and uneven expansion and contraction. Most
builders and painters use a one pass mentality and inferior products
when it comes to sealing flashing, siding, window and door trim.
The smallest hairline crack in caulking or brick mortar on a horizontal
or vertical run can start the destructive process. Improperly installed
step flashing and gutter systems can also be the culprit. Another
aspect to consider is the load distribution of the building. If one
section of wall framing becomes soaked and rotted this distributes
the weight of that load barring wall to other areas of the foundation
causing undue stress and the appearance of foundation problems. In
2003 our company performed over 1500 separate siding, door and
window remodeling jobs. It’s disturbing to say that approximately
75% of them were directly related to improperly installed or substandard
moisture barriers and a lack of Preventative Maintenance in regards
to painting, caulking and mortar.