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Moisture Management & Water Resistance 

Unwanted moisture can be a health threat—to buildings and people. Let us help you guard against it.  

It's All Relative

The North American climate varies significantly from region to region, and it has a direct impact on building moisture management strategies. In other words, where you are affects what you need to do. Ensure the long-term integrity and performance of the structure by considering moisture management suitable to the local climate.

Humidity Levels

In humid regions, such as the southeastern United States, high outdoor humidity levels can lead to moisture-related issues. Buildings in these areas need robust moisture barriers and dehumidification systems to prevent indoor humidity from rising to problematic levels. 


In arid regions like the Southwest, where outdoor air is dry, moisture management involves preventing moisture infiltration during occasional rain events and using proper vapor barriers to prevent moisture accumulation within the building.

Temperature Extremes

In colder northern climates, like the Midwest and Northeast, condensation is a concern during the winter months. Insulation and air sealing are essential to prevent warm indoor air from reaching cold surfaces and forming condensation.


In hot southern climates, like the Gulf Coast, managing moisture during hot and humid summers is a priority. This may involve strategies like well-designed ventilation, dehumidification, and vapor barriers.

Rainfall, Precipitation, and Flooding

Areas with heavy rainfall, such as the Pacific Northwest, require effective rainwater management and drainage systems to prevent water intrusion. Proper flashing, sealing, and moisture-resistant building materials are important in these regions. These precautions are also wise for areas like the central United States, which experiences occasional heavy storms.


Coastal areas are at risk of flooding and storm surge, making moisture management a critical concern. Building codes often require elevated structures, flood-resistant materials, and appropriate foundation designs to address these challenges.

Snow and Ice

In colder northern regions that experience snow and ice, moisture management involves addressing issues related to snow melt and ice dam formation. Adequate insulation, roof designs, and ventilation are key factors.

Building Design and Construction Codes

Building codes and standards for moisture management are often regionally specific, taking into account the local climate and environmental conditions. Compliance with these codes is essential for preventing moisture-related issues.

Building Envelope and HVAC Systems   

The design and construction of the building envelope, including the selection of materials, insulation, and ventilation, must be adapted to the local climate to manage moisture effectively. HVAC systems should control indoor humidity levels, and dehumidification may be necessary in high-humidity climates.

Three Challenges We'll Help You Meet

From exterior to interior and places in between, take charge of these three factors to stay ahead of potential problems.


Temperature Control

Maintaining a consistent temperature doesn’t just lower costs, it prevents unwanted condensation from growing into larger health and structural hazards. Insulating walls and ducts is the key to consistency.

Humidity Management

You know what the most common source of interior moisture buildup is? Not water. Water Vapor. Limit condensation by controlling it with materials that prevent water retention at every layer. Plan ahead with strategic material choices.


Intruding water will take—and make—many paths. Vapor barriers, sealants, and low-moisture retention materials ensure unwanted moisture stays out. Seal cracks to prevent buildup on surfaces and in cavities.