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Archives: May 2015

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A valuable article in this month’s ProSales Special Report by Charles Wardell addresses the importance of building durable, moisture-resistant buildings. Moisture accounts for about 80% of construction defect litigation, so while lawyers may love the stuff, no one else benefits. In the worst cases, moisture trapped in the framing assembly can lead to rot that weakens the structure and to mold growth that makes a home unlivable. Problems need not be catastrophic to cause major headaches....

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In May’s cover story of JLC, Matt Risinger shares what he’s learned as a builder about keeping water away from walls, and discusses some of the good, better, and best systems currently available which includes using HydroGap Drainable Housewrap. Building science has shown us what to do with water that leaks behind wall claddings. Proper installation of a housewrap—also known as a water-resistive barrier (WRB)—preferably with a rainscreen behind the wall cladding, enables us to build...

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Increasingly, builders, contractors and architects face the need to incorporate good moisture management solutions when designing and building structures to ward off problems such as mold, mildew or structural damage due to improper moisture management. Drainable housewraps address this need by incorporating both a water-resistive layer and a drainage gap, greatly facilitating water drainage from behind the exterior siding. Unlike standard housewraps, which provide only a water-resistive layer...

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Did you know our buy direct site carries the accessories you need for your roof or wall system? Buyobdyke.com not only carries the full catalog of Benjamin Obdyke products, but now includes accessory products that help you Build Better. Brands such as Dryflekt®, QuickFlash® and DCI® are all available to purchase. DryFlekt Kick-Out Diverter Flashing is a water management strategy for sloped roofs that meet vertical walls. It is your easy to install, low cost, effective and sustainable, best...

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