Qualified Remodeler Magazine

AUG 2016

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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specialists, for example, could consider it as an upgrade in projects geared toward clients seeking to cut their energy costs. e company has become more attentive to the remodeling market since the last recession. "When we think about new product de- velopment, it's probably more important now than it ever has been," Sealock says. "ere's less volatility in the remodeling market — we learned that in the downturn." PAIRING PANELS AND PROTECTION Georgia-Pacific Building Products' ForceField air and water barrier system, introduced at the International Builders' Show in January, is similarly labor-saving, especially in projects not requiring continuous exterior insulation. for sheathing. Polyiso foam is laminated to the OSB's interior surface to create a layer of continuous insulation, while a continuous air and moisture barrier is adhered to the panel's exterior. e panels can be hung like standard sheathing products with the comple- mentary ZIP System tape and liquid-applied flashing used to seal seams and maintain a continuous barrier. e value proposition of this product line is obvious: An entire wall system, complete with insulation, and moisture and air barrier, can be installed in a single pass, without the need for separate building-wrap and insulation crews. e panels can be specified in insulation values of R-3, R-6, R-9 and R-12. Sealock says Huber developed the product with both builders and remodelers in mind. Siding-replacement Continued Vycor enV-S adheres directly to OSB sheathing, creating a gap-free seal to minimize air and water infiltration. Manufacturer GCP also offers a fluid- applied version of this membrane that can be installed with a brush, roller or sprayer. Circle 12 on inquiry card It features an air and water barrier laminated to standard OSB panels, along with a com- patible seam tape. According to Key, the product was devel- oped over several years as GP's researchers worked to identify the right combination of products for the overall system. Among the advantages of this particular panel-and-bar- rier pairing is the fact the selected barrier material can be laminated to an OSB panel's smooth side, which aided development of the sealing tape. e goal, Key explains, was to address the pain point of housewrap. Not only can housewrap installation be difficult, the process adds a second step to the framing-in process and can require a separate crew. is fact can add to scheduling headaches as builders and 86 August 2016 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com PRODUCT TRENDS: Building Envelope

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