Brick is an age-old building material, frequently used by The AEC Associates CAD Design and Drafting Services, especially for constructing low-rise structures. It’s very common to find older buildings with load-bearing brick walls even in this era of steel and concrete construction almost in all corners of the world. One major problem faced by CAD design and drafting services regarding these thick brick wall is that while they were plastered on the interior, they were hardly ever insulated against the elements.
Problems in insulating brick wall interiors
The decision to insulate load-bearing brick wall interiors is never easy. If one tries to insulate brick walls on the interior, bricks get colder during the winters, and this is especially a big problem in the colder countries. We all know that cold bricks are wetter than warm bricks. When the wall is not insulated, escaping heat passes through the bricks to drive out the moisture. Since that doesn’t happen after the insulation process, wet bricks remain wet for longer periods. Repeating cycles of freezing and thawing can, in some cases, permanently damage the bricks, making the building unfit for living.
Can brick wall interiors be insulated?
It’s necessary for CAD design and drafting services to proceed cautiously while insulating brick wall interiors, but it’s certainly possible. You definitely have no set guidelines to judge the extent of vulnerability of existing brick walls to damage caused by freezing/ thawing, however, following tips may be useful.
· The risk of freeze/ thaw damage is more in colder climates.
· CAD design and drafting services should understand that the thickness of insulating layer can increase the damage proportionately.
· The amount of rainfall on the wall and the surrounding areas will increase the risk of damage to the bricks.
· The quality of bricks also determines the risk of damage. Brick quality can manually be judged from the color, and weight of the bricks and the sound that comes on tapping them. There are tests too to determine the brick quality.
· The end of joists and beams embedded in the exterior walls can rot if the interiors are insulated.
CAD design and drafting services need to weigh their options before going ahead to insulate the interior of a brick building. With careful planning, it’s very much possible to achieve the same.