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  • Furring Strips of the Future

    Furring Strips of the Future

    In construction, furring strips are thin strips of wood or other material to level or raise surfaces of another material to prevent dampness, to make space for insulation, or to level and resurface ceilings or walls. A furring strip is attached to a wall, ceiling or floor. Furring strips are often made from wood such as pine or plywood.

    When you use a wood furring strip to create a barrier between wall and cladding you are creating a barrier that is powerless to moisture absorption. This moisture can get trapped behind siding and can cause rot, mold, and mildew. Wood furring strips also tend to not include warranty and can cause cracking, warping and splitting.

    As we know, protecting our projects from having these moisture issues is critical.

    So, you might be wondering “How can I prevent these problems?”

  • Facts about the NFPA 285 Test

    Facts about the NFPA 285 Test

    WHAT IS THE NFPA 285 Test?  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 285 is a test that provides a method of determining the flammability characteristics of exterior, non-load bearing wall assemblies/panels.

  • 15 Years Later - A Real-World Example of Poor Moisture Management

    15 Years Later - A Real-World Example of Poor Moisture Management

    Moisture and ventilation are essential to proper construction. But when two business owners decided to install an addition to their Ohio-based building in 2004, they neglected to include even the most basic steps for proper moisture management during the construction process. 

    15 years later, their carelessness & negligence resulted in extensive (and costly) damage thanks to the inevitable effects of moisture.

  • Building Up Your Building Envelope

    Building Up Your Building Envelope

    In the battle against the elements, your building envelope is your shield. Without a solid envelope, your structure is left open & vulnerable.

    The purpose of this blog is to give a better understanding of different building envelopes, highlighting the importance of using the right tools when building up your envelope to guarantee structural protection.