Windows and doors are a fundamental component of building construction. They are critical to the enjoyment of any building by its occupants, and risk allowing moisture, pests, and other unwanted elements into the building if not properly sealed. Flashing provides a solution to this problem with a thin waterproof barrier to cover gaps and spaces in windows and doorways. However, traditional flashing has a number of shortfalls.
From architects to developers and builders to contractors and subcontractors, it takes a variety of industry professionals to bring a building to life. While each is responsible for different aspects of a building’s design and construction and holds different concerns regarding water damage, all of these experts take an interest in the quality of the building envelope.
Every building has an envelope—an exterior layer that serves as a physical barrier between the internal and external environments. When water penetrates this layer, it can have a marked impact on the building’s integrity and longevity. Additionally, it can cause issues that affect the health and safety of personnel such as the corrosion of metal parts, development of mildew and mold, and the overall weakening of structural supports. Implementing proper sealing materials—such as window and door flashing—can minimize the risk of these occurrences.