One of the most important parts of building structures is keeping moisture out of the wall cavities. This is because moisture of all types can seep in over time and cause damage if left unchecked. The average construction project uses a few different layers of protection for this, including flashing, caulking, trim, siding, and sheathing.
These protective layers all work together to keep most moisture out of the wall cavities, but even these are not enough to prevent all harmful moisture from getting in. If you want to prevent moisture vapor from causing issues like wood rot and mold, you need mold-resistant sheathing.
Barricade® Thermo-Brace® S.I.B. is a structural sheathing solution that is durable, cost-effective, and easy to install. In terms of mold resistance, it is one of, if not the best product on the market.
Let’s take a deeper look at why the prevention of moisture buildup and mold is so crucial to the health of a building’s occupants, as well as what makes Barricade Thermo-Brace S.I.B. one of the most superior mold-resistant sheathing solutions available.
If enough moisture is able to seep into your wall cavity without an avenue for evaporation, this can cause huge problems for the structural integrity of your building as well as the health of the occupants inside.
Wood rot can eventually set in which can compromise the strength of anything it gets into. This could eventually lead to costly repairs in the future or even a structural failure of the wall itself.
In addition to wood rot, mold can also begin to grow within the walls. This is especially dangerous because left unchecked, certain types of mold can cause a variety of different health problems for anybody in the building who may be breathing in the spores unknowingly. Children and the elderly are most at risk, but with enough mold in the walls, even healthy adults will suffer the ill effects of mold inhalation. This includes, but is not limited to respiratory problems, sinus problems, rashes, a general feeling of unwellness, and in the worst cases, neurological problems or even death.
As you can see, for these reasons it is crucial that you keep as much moisture out of the wall cavities as possible. Any moisture vapor that does manage to work its way in needs to have an easy avenue for evaporation.
It takes a product like Thermo-Brace S.I.B from Barricade to give your building the full protection it needs from moisture invasion. This sheathing solution uses a combination of two different weather-resistant barriers, as well as Neopor® Graphite Polystyrene (GPS) rigid insulation all in one solution. Thermo-Brace S.I.B. is also available in either R-5 or R-3 thickness and features outstanding long-term thermal resistance.
The dual weather-resistant barriers offer up double the normal protection and this product offers increased resistance as well as guaranteed protection against mold. In terms of cost-efficiency, Thermo-Brace S.I.B. is among the best sheathing solutions. It is certified for Gold Indoor Air Quality and complies with International energy codes. In addition to this, it comes at stable pricing as well as material savings which lower energy consumption.
Thermo-Brace S.I.B. is faster and easier to install than other sheathing solutions. It uses fewer materials (allowing the labor costs as well as the installation time to be greatly reduced), has improved long-term thermal resistance (LTTR), and has outstanding thermal breaks. It also uses non-toxic materials and is GREENGUARD certified.
Moisture can come from many different places. It could come from direct rainfall and wind-driven rain. While you cannot keep every drop out of the wall cavities, you can keep most of it out while allowing the moisture that does creep in to easily evaporate.
With Barricade Thermo-Brace S.I.B., you can rest assured knowing some of the highest-rated mold-resistant sheathing out there today is protecting your building’s wall cavities. It also provides a breathable membrane that allows moisture vapor to quickly escape, thus preventing the formation of harmful mold or wood rot within your walls.