Vital Structures LLC offers building cladding assessment services for various structure types, including engineering for weatherproofing & protective exterior wall systems from its initial phases through completion. We work on multiple building types, including industrial and commercial facilities, offices, apartment buildings and condominiums. Our cladding engineers in Boston look for the cause of the structural and weatherability issues, not just the symptoms. Our level of thoroughness means that we address the underlying cause to prevent issues from reoccurring in the future.
We provide building cladding assessment services in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Building Cladding Assessment
Building cladding includes the components attached to the building’s primary structure, forming the external surface. These parts include materials like brick veneer systems, metal paneling, storefront and curtain wall systems and custom fabricated rainscreens. Building cladding serves several purposes, such as resisting snow and wind loads, providing privacy and security, preventing sound transmission, generating an airtight building envelope and more.
Engineering evaluation and analysis of building cladding and veneer systems are critical to understanding thermal movement, joint system design, structural load relief, weatherproofing and water intrusion. Intrusions are areas where water has gotten into the building’s structure, damaging the exterior sheathing or structural components. Building cladding engineers can identify areas that entrap moisture or have delamination from environmental stress.