Builders Installed Products is a Certified Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) Contractor. We supply and install both fluid applied and sprayed urethane foam air barriers for both commercial and residential applications.
Why use an air barrier?
Air Barrier Systems are used to make the building perform better. The primary purpose of an air barrier system is to stop the air from leaking into and out of the building enclosure.
The first impact on the building will work as intended. The occupants are more comfortable, are provided draft free space, and are protected from pollutants entering the building. These pollutants can range from pollens, suspended particulates and odors to biological contaminates on the other side.
Mechanical systems can be properly sized rather than having to compensate for the air leakage by over-sizing the equipment. In addition to the equipment not having to condition the air that leaked in, the equipment will work more efficiently.
Moisture laden air leaking in from either the inside or the outside is barred from entering the building enclosure. If this is not done, this moisture laden air can migrate far enough into the building assembly, can be cooled down to its dew point and at this point the water vapor turns to liquid water. This liquid water can corrode metals in the building assembly, provide one of the ingredients needed for mold growth, saturate building materials such as fibrous insulations, gypsum wall board, and wood. Air leakage has the ability to transport exponentially more moisture into and through the building enclosure than occurs through vapor diffusion alone. Air Barrier Systems help to stop this air from entering the building.
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