How Long Do Building Envelopes Last in Calgary?

February 27th, 2021 | in Building Envelopes

A building envelope is what separates the inside from the outside of a building. The envelope protects the inside of a building from the outside elements and includes the following:

-The roof

-The walls

-The glazing and windows

-The floors

A building envelope may also include of a batch of panels as part of its makeup. The building envelope's integrity assists you to maintain a safe, dry, and climate-controlled surrounding in your structure. Effective building envelopes add not just aesthetics and support to a building project, but they also influence heating, cooling, and energy efficiency.

Residential and commercial buildings in Calgary face challenges from the climate that buildings in other parts of the nation may not face. Architects, contractors, and building owners take extra measures to protect their buildings and their people. Professionalism and safety are paramount when installing or repairing building envelopes in Calgary.

It is impossible to say how long a building envelope lasts. The durability of the envelope depends on several factors including the quality of the envelope, the age of the envelope, maintenance on the envelope that has been performed, prevailing weather conditions during the time period in question, including snowfall, rainfall, hail, and temperature highs and lows.

What is important to know, here, is that professionals understand the challenges that building envelopes face in Calgary, and today, they plan for it accordingly. Buildings that were built 50 or 100 years ago did not have to meet the same standards that they do today.

Types of Building Envelopes

-Metal panel systems

-Fibre cement panels

-Pre-finished steel panel systems

Building envelopes require structural engineering and architectural expertise aligned with the science of climate control and energy efficiency. The envelope’s design depends on the environmental requirements, aesthetic preferences, and location.

Building envelope installation or repair in Calgary can be challenging because of the climate. Getting adequate ventilation and temperature control is a must for the residents, tenants, and/or employees working in the building.

The building envelope requires maintenance from time to time to ensure that the structure looks attractive and performs its valuable functions all year round. There should be a maintenance inspection of the building at least once per year.

Westerly Restoration of Alberta, provides building envelope integrity inspections and restoration in Calgary, High River, Okotoks, Airdrie, Canmore, Banff, and surrounding areas.

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