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Benjamin Obdyke

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Differences between Slicker Rainscreen, HydroGap and FlatWrap

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One of our most frequently asked questions is what is the difference between a rainscreen and a drainable house wrap. This video answers that question and explains why you would choose one over the other.

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House Wrap Surfactant Field Test

This video details a quick test you can perform in the field to see if your house wrap will protect against surfactants that are found in various siding materials like wood and masonry.

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What is the Best Self-Adhering Flashing

Butyl and Asphalt flashings are popular but when applied to a damp surface their performance is less than desirable. See how HydroFlash self adhered flashing performs with it's aggressive synthetic adhesion.

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HydroGap vs. Standard Housewrap Drainage Comparison

See how HydroGap drainable housewrap eliminates excess moisture and prevents the damaging effects of mold and rot. Its unique design provides up to two times the performance over other drainable housewraps and removes over 100 times more bulk water than standard housewraps.

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The Effect of Surfactants on House Wraps

Surfactants, an acronym for "surface acting agents," are compounds that are commonly found in building materials such as concrete, stucco and wood. When these compounds come in contact with water, they can potential compromise the integrity of your house wrap.

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Benefits of a Tri-Laminate House Wrap

A water resistive barrier is more than just a water barrier; it's the core component of structural integrity. If it fails, the entire wall fails. It is important for your WRB to have the water holdout layer protected so it isn't damaged during application or cladding installation.

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