Our Mason Apprentice Scholarship program continues to grow, and this year we're awarding 30 masonry scholarships to help apprentices continue their education. They will each receive $350 for tuition along with a tool bag filled with tools from Kapro, Bon, Knipex, USTape, Prosoco, TruFast, Jag Clamp, and Risinger Build. Plans of expanding for 2022 are already underway, so feel free to register an apprentice today!
What may be new to some is that now, it is becoming more common to also place weep vents at the top of the wall, either just below the shelf angle (commercial or multi-story) or just below the facia and soffit of a residential structure. The reason for this is increased drying and ventilation. As the air in the cavity heats up during the day because of sunlight and warm temperatures on the façade, the moisture in the cavity tends to go from water droplets to vapor as the evaporation process takes place.
No masonry is truly waterproof, whether the result of capillary action, absorption or construction error. During the multi-decade life spans of typical high-quality structures, drainage in the cavity of a masonry veneer wall is necessary to minimize moisture damage and create a long-lasting, low-maintenance wall. Drying of the wall by promoting ventilation within the cavity is of increased importance, most recently due to the application of continuous insulation close to the exterior of the structure.
MortarNet suspends mortar droppings above the flashing and weeps so they stay clear and unobstructed. It's patented insect barrier helps deter insects from entering the cavity.
The patented TotalFlash Cavity Wall Drainage Solution is a complete, factory-assembled masonry cavity wall flashing system.
BlockFlash is a complete, embeddable flashing solution for managing moisture in exterior single wythe CMU walls.
Provides continuous drainage and drying for residential and commercial exterior rainscreen systems.
WeepVent for masonry cavity walls helps ensure that moisture can migrate out and air can circulate into the cavity, and that insects can’t enter the cavity through the weep holes.
CellVent for masonry cavity walls helps ensure that moisture can migrate out and air can circulate into the cavity, and that insects can’t enter the cavity through the weep holes.
The BlockNet CMU single wythe flashing solution reliably protects CMU walls from water infiltration damage by enabling moisture to easily drain from the block cell interiors to the building exterior.