Hurricane season has just about come and gone, but that doesn’t mean we’re completely safe from natural disasters yet. Recent years have brought catastrophic disasters near the end of hurricane season so now is not the time to relax. June through October is the peak of the season so there is still the possibility of an event happening.

Protecting your home or commercial building during this season takes a little more effort. Building envelope failure generally isn’t a sudden occurrence, but it can seem sudden if you don’t take the proper preventive measures throughout the year. Here are some ways you can protect your building from envelope failures.

Protect from Natural Disasters

If you’re lucky enough to still have your property after a catastrophic event barrels through your area, your home or building may still have suffered some unseen structural damage. Sometimes it requires the expertise of a structural engineer to survey your property for such damage.

Boarding up windows and securing walls and other structures in and around your home or building are critical for protection during severe weather events. However, taking an extra few steps to increase protection could be all the difference in saving the integrity of your home.

Proactive Maintenance

You don’t have to be an expert in structural engineering to do some preventive maintenance on your home or commercial building. It takes several years before the integrity of a building envelope becomes compromised naturally, but by regular cleaning, trimming and an overall care for the property, the building envelope could last close to a lifetime.

Simple actions like walking around the perimeter of the inside and outside of your home and looking for cracks, holes or leaks will go a long way in preventing building envelope failure. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, you can either fix the issue yourself or call an expert before it gets any worse.

Envelope Monitoring Solutions

Many people don’t have the time or don’t want to make the effort to maintain their building, so there are alternative solutions. Today’s technology can monitor the amount of moisture and mold in a building, so they can get ahead of the problem before it becomes a costly issue.

Another solution is to have a certified structural engineer perform regular inspections on your home. Having an expert look at your building will go a long way in increasing the health of the building, as well as your own peace of mind. If you need the experience of a structural engineer at your home or business, contact us today.