Waterproofing & Building Envelopes

Waterproofing and Building Envelopes

The Building Envelope is the physical separator between the conditioned and unconditioned environment of a building, including the resistance to air, water, heat, light, and noise transfer while creating safety from fire, flood and overall security for residents. Each component has a system to maintain to keep the environment outside. This is the rain screen consisting of the outer cladding; stone, stucco, siding with all its trims and flashing, designed to shed the water off the structure. The cladding is designed to get wet and then dry on its own and protect the structure and the insulation below it. The condition of the cladding, structure, insulation and air, water and vapour barriers are all components that should be analyzed during the planning of an Envelope Restoration.

Unfortunately, Vancouver and the Lower Mainland have been world renowned for the Leaky Condo crisis for units built from the 1980s to early 2000s. During that time in the regional coastal area of B.C. an estimated $4 billion in damage has occurred to over 900 buildings and 31,000 individual housing units... approximately 45% of the 159,979 condominium strata units. For well over a decade, repairing these condos for the thousands of unfortunate home owners has been the core business for Rockport.

From conception to completion including all elements of roofing, cladding, glazing and additional design features. Through coordination of every aspect of the project, using a trusted supply chain where appropriate, we can help ensure maximum efficiency throughout the life of the project, resulting in a seamless build, to the excellent standards associated with Rockport projects. We believe a thorough and detailed pre-construction effort including preliminary investigation, preparation of contract documents, bid process and review, pre-construction meetings and review of all mock-ups will often eliminate unnecessary costs and construction delays.

Rockport has the expertise to complete New Exteriors or an Envelope Restoration. This includes roofing, waterproofing and cladding systems complete with all components and the structural knowhow to make the necessary repairs properly. Our initial Non-Destructive Investigative Report can quickly analyze your building envelope's exterior components, addressing your concerns and questions. We often waive the fees for that initial service. We have over a decade of experience and use the most effective solutions to each and every building. As a general contractor for the project, we will employ and manage our internal team, suppliers and our sub-contractor's supply chain, selecting trusted partners with relevant and proven experience and techniques that match the high standards of Rockport.

We are very proud of the work we have done over the years to help Stratas during the very tough and taxing times when their building's envelopes were in need of Repair or Restoration. Review our Featured Projects section to view samples of the type of projects we have done in the Lower Mainland.