Maintaining an air gap behind the cladding on our homes is essential. Whether it is brick, siding, or stone━the system is essentially the same.
How do we do it? We create a continuous uninterrupted gap between the back of your cladding and the face of your wall sheathing. This ensures that air can move through this gap, promoting drying. Drying prevents potential long-term water/moisture damage to your home, which can lead to mold, rot, and very costly repairs in the future.
Hydrostatic pressure means that water will find its way through the easiest pathways possible. We want to prevent this pressure from happening directly against our homes. If there is no air gap, water will find its way in through holes, imperfections in waterproofing layers, nails, and so on.
We want to purposefully give water a place to drain down and out of our buildings. These simple processes give us peace of mind that our homes will last for generations.