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  • Advanced Masonry Weeps

    Advanced Masonry Weeps

    In full-width cavity masonry weeps are installed on flashings to let water out of the wall system. But not all weeps drain effectively. Weep ropes can't match the wicking ability of mortar Weep tubes don't drain directly off the flashing Cell vents & weep tubes …Read More »
  • Smoothing Moisture Troubles at Rough Openings

    Smoothing Moisture Troubles at Rough Openings

    Windows are common problem areas for moisture. History & building science show we can't seal perfectly, but we can create a path for drainage, and divert moisture away from sensitive areas. MTI provides a belt-and-suspenders approach for rainscreen assemblies to reduce the risk of water …Read More »

More MTI Published Articles

  • Natural Stone Moisture Management

    Natural Stone Moisture Management

    Buildings constructed today with natural stone function differently from those of centuries past in many ways. Much like how unit masonry changed from mass construction …
  • Through-Wall Flashing Gets an Update (and Upgrade)

    Through-Wall Flashing Gets an Update (and Upgrade)

    Published By: MTI | Date: March 2017 | Author: Tyler LeClear Vachta Through-wall flashing is a pain. Save materials, drain better, and build a stronger wall …
  • Better Brick Mortar Control is Better Moisture Control

    Better Brick Mortar Control is Better Moisture Control

    Published By: MTI | Date: December 2016 | Author: Tyler LeClear Vachta Cavity masonry construction is rooted in a theory of moisture control by draining water to the exterior. …
  • Gutting Brick Walls Post-Flood: Repair Recommendations

    Gutting Brick Walls Post-Flood: Repair Recommendations

    Note: The most updated flood retrofit information can be found at MTIdry.com/rebuild
  • Getting to the Bottom of Moisture Management

    Getting to the Bottom of Moisture Management

    There are numerous factors/phenomena that create misunderstandings that result in improper or inadequate moisture management design for the exterior building envelope. Let's take a look …
  • Knowing the Unknown – Insights on the Ostrich Syndrome

    Knowing the Unknown – Insights on the Ostrich Syndrome

    In the construction industry, many premature failures are a result of shortcuts taken to circumvent good standard practices. The reasons or excuses for taking these …
  • Living At The Edge

    Living At The Edge

    Large dimension material panels raise exterior building enclosure moisture management concerns. All the components of the exterior building envelope are connected and have an impact …
  • Weeps – The Why, When and Where

    Weeps – The Why, When and Where

    The why part is easy; it's just a good standard practice to follow and not that expensive. The where part should be obvious - at …
  • The Temperature and Moisture Management Relationship

    The Temperature and Moisture Management Relationship

    Wet insulation is not a thermo insulator; it is a thermo conductor! Different types of insulation materials absorb moisture at different rates. The problems of …
  • Exterior Rigid Insulation Moisture Management Issues

    Exterior Rigid Insulation Moisture Management Issues

    Use great caution when specifying and installing rigid boardstock insulation exterior of WRB’s and exterior sheathing on the exterior building envelope! This is not “crying …
  • The Three Part Rule of Moisture Management

    The Three Part Rule of Moisture Management

    The three-part rule of moisture management is "Get moisture off of, out of and away from a construction detail as quickly as possible!" However, we …
  • Moisture Management Strategies for a Second Floor Deck above a Living Space

    Moisture Management Strategies for a Second Floor Deck above a Living Space

    A comprehensive moisture management plan for any construction detail must include the following: *Moisture Resistant Materials (damp proofing, WRBs, waterproofing, etc.) *Slope-to-Drain (a designed elevation …
  • Weep Now or Weep Later

    Weep Now or Weep Later

    With the old weep technology and its spacing, the water got out of the cavities and cores of masonry walls; however, it wasn't necessarily through …
  • Drainable is Sustainable

    Drainable is Sustainable

    Most exterior surfaces of a vertical wall system do allow some moisture to penetrate deeper into the exterior building envelope. Why do building professionals allow …
  • Rainscreen Drainage Planes vs Furring Strips

    Rainscreen Drainage Planes vs Furring Strips

    The construction industry and more specifically, the building envelope sector of the construction industry, seems to embrace the status quo with exceptional tenacity. There are …
  • Moisture Management of Parapet Walls

    Moisture Management of Parapet Walls

    Although though parapet walls perform a number of important functions, they are moisture management headaches! The phrase 'Out of sight out of mind" is, unfortunately, …
  • Below Grade Moisture Management

    Below Grade Moisture Management

    Building on a strong foundation has been a well-recognized principle of construction for thousands of years, but we still continue to violate the concept. One …
  • Window Rough Opening Moisture Management

    Window Rough Opening Moisture Management

    "Leaky, drafty windows" is a common phrase in the construction industry and unfortunately, it seems too often true. However, the perception may not be the …