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Action News Philadelphia investigative team Troubleshoots has been reporting on the growing construction crisis in the Tri-State area for over 3 years. This latest story involves homeowners that are facing major mold and moisture issues with very prominent builders in the area due to defective or incorrect installation techniques. Previous reports by Troubleshooters has investigated issues specifically with stucco homes, but have now found issues with homes including those built with vinyl,...

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We are very excited to announce our newest rainscreen, Slicker HP, will be featured on the next episode of This Old House! Each season, the show chooses two different historic homes to renovate—one step at a time—featuring quality craftsmanship and the latest in modern technology. Slicker HP was a key component to restoring one of the historic Victorian style homes in the Boston suburbs. Located in Belmont, Massachusetts, a northwest suburb of Boston, the 3,200 sq. ft. shingle style...

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With two major design tours coming to LEAFHouse this fall (DesignDC - 9/25 and Greenbuild – 11/21), the board of the Potomac Valley Architecture Foundation (PVAF) has launched a much-needed exterior envelope renovation. A few years ago, foundation and chapter members visiting LEAFHouse began noticing problems with the building envelope, notably siding panels that were cracked, checked, and warped, especially on the southern exposure, some to the point of having cupped as much as an inch or...

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Benjamin Obdyke is excited to announce a new partnership with TotalHousehold PRO! To kick off this new partnership, TotalHousehold PRO is offering all friends of Benjamin Obdyke $100 off the setup cost of a business website. TotalHousehold PRO Services Include: · Web Hosting & Management · Customized Content · Website Design Services · Social Media Management · Local Listing Management · Lead Management · Google & Mobile Optimization · Tracking...

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Introducing the all new SharpDraw 9mm Carpenter Pencil from SpeedTac. This new tool is a hybrid in design and functionality. SpeedTac has taken the common 9mm utility knife and transformed it into the most accurate and efficient carpenter pencil ever produced. It’s a pencil, not a razor that never needs to be sharpened. The wood carpenter’s pencil is an indispensable tool in the construction industry, but it has its flaws. So imagine a mechanical carpenter’s pencil that never needs...

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We’d like to announce our newest AIA-approved course! In an effort to provide educational resources to help you Build Better, Benjamin Obdyke has developed another AIA-approved CEU course offering. Please join us as we debut The Wide World of WRBs presented by George Caruso, Product Development Manager, on June 23rd at 12:30 EDT. The second of two AIA-approved courses, this course will help to identify and educate you on best practices and accessories for WRBs. With a lot of choices on...

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Benjamin Obdyke Incorporated, a leading provider of performance roof and wall products to the residential and commercial construction markets, today announced its HydroGap® Drainable Housewrap was selected as a vital component of large-scale repairs to a Delaware Bay home. The project is the latest example of how local builders and remodelers are adjusting their moisture management plans to include advanced systems that can endure the nation’s most severe weather. The home needing repair is...

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We’ve told you about Slicker HP, now meet our new and improved Slicker MAX. Slicker MAX rainscreen (formerly Home Slicker Stone & Stucco) includes a filter fabric, providing enhanced UV and compression resistance. The fabric serves as the “sacrificial layer” in stone or stucco applications, preventing mortar from infiltrating the Slicker matrix and blocking drainage and drying capacity. With increased compression resistance, Slicker MAX isn’t just for stone and stucco. Slicker MAX...

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We’ve been hard at work developing our newest addition to the Slicker rainscreen family, Slicker HP. Slicker HP is the first all-in-one moisture management solution to feature a detachable rainscreen AND premium housewrap in a single application. The ability to detach the rainscreen from the housewrap without compromising water holdout simplifies installation and allows installers to use preferred flashing methods. Slicker HP is recommended for use with wood and fiber cement. A 25 year...

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It’s been a busy start to 2015 at Benjamin Obdyke! We’re excited to tell you about some recent changes and additions we’ve made to on our product lines. Our Home Slicker product line has changed to simply, Slicker. We now offer four options in the Slicker family of rainscreens: Slicker Classic, Slicker MAX, NEW! Slicker HP and Home Slicker Plus Typar. Slicker Classic – Formerly Home Slicker The original rolled rainscreen that provides a continuous space for drainage and...

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Benjamin Obdyke Incorporated, a leading provider of roof and wall products to the residential and commercial construction markets, recently launched its newly designed online marketplace, www.buyobdyke.com. Delivering easy access and streamlined search and navigation features, www.buyobdyke.com allows the company to offer unlimited availability to its product portfolio. The site also features best practices for product installation as well as an area dedicated to educating visitors on moisture...

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Slicker® HP Housewrap, the latest in Benjamin Obdyke’s extensive portfolio of roof and wall products for the commercial and residential market, offers builders and homeowners the benefits of a premium water resistive barrier (WRB) and rainscreen in a single product solution. Ideal for both light commercial and residential applications, Slicker® HP Housewrap provides the highest level of moisture protection for an exterior wall. Slicker® HP Housewrap is perfect for use with wood,...

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Benjamin Obdyke Incorporated, a leading provider of roof and wall products to the residential and commercial construction markets, is pleased to announce its participation in the 2015 Katz Roadshow. Designed to educate construction professionals about new products, installation techniques and building practices, the Katz Roadshow will visit 24 locations during the 2015 tour. As part of the day-long clinics, master craftsmen Gary Katz and Mike Sloggatt will walk participants through a series of...

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Chris and Jodi Laumer-Giddens of LG Squared, Inc. embarked on a journey over a year ago to preserve and retrofit an addition on a 188 year old home in Alabama. Once it was moved to its new location (yes the house was literally driven 3 miles), Chris and Jodi were tasked with making historic preservation and advanced energy efficiency complement each other by using modern methods and materials. The goal was to achieve a carefully detailed, uninterrupted boundary around the entire building shell...

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Matt Risinger of Risinger Homes recently featured Cedar Breather and Rapid Ridge 7 on a wood roof renovation project done on a historical house in Austin, Texas. The house, originally built in 1850 by architect Abner Cook, is one of the oldest homes in Austin. Prior to the renovation the house featured an asphalt shingle roof which was not fitting with the style of the home. Check out the video below to see Matt’s best practices and intricacies for installing a wood shingle roof. About...

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Scott Wells, a THISisCarpentry contributor, recently installed HydroGap Drainable Housewrap on one of his customer’s homes. With the new code requirement in Oregon to have a 75% drainage rate in your wall assembly, he’s started seeing new drain wrap products in his market. He chose to use HydroGap because of the 1mm spacers that create a drainage gap, eliminating moisture from the wall. Also, being a 5 foot wide roll, it’s easy to install with just one person. Check out how Scott...

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Benjamin Obdyke is proud to sponsor the first ever AIA CES Approved event presented by Katz Roadshow. Don’t miss this free event exclusively for architects. Hamilton Building Supply will host a hands-on Better Building Clinic from the Katz Roadshow. This all-day event will feature presentations by Gary Katz and Mike Sloggatt, carpentry specialists and nationally recognized authors and teachers. The event is AIA CES Approved. AIA members will receive 5.0 LU hours, 3.0 LU/HSW hours....

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Here at Benjamin Obdyke we are committed to providing educational resources to help you “Build Better”. In keeping with that philosophy, we are proud to announce that we are offering an AIA Approved CEU live webinar focused on moisture-managed wall systems. The course Drainage & Drying in the Exterior Wall will be presented by George Caruso, Product Development Manager, on July 15th at 1 p.m. Attendees will earn one health, safety and welfare credit for their completion of the course...

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It’s been a busy year here at Benjamin Obdyke! We’ve been hard at work designing and revitalizing new products to help you Build Better. We are pleased to introduce a new housewrap available, FlatWrap® HP, and our new sill solution, HydroCorner™. We’ve also improved a couple of our products you already know and love. HydroFlash® self-adhered flashing is now offered in a 12” roll and our HydroTape® is now slightly flexible so that it conforms around the 1mm spacers of HydroGap®...

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To provide customers with an enhanced option for premium housewrap that has optimal strength while protecting the water resistant film layer, Benjamin Obdyke Incorporated, a leading provider of roof and wall products to the residential and commercial construction markets, introduced its new FlatWrap® HP Housewrap. A commercial-grade tri-laminate solution, FlatWrap HP delivers enhanced UV and tear resistance along with easier installation. FlatWrap HP features a range of performance...

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HORSHAM, PA – Benjamin Obdyke Incorporated, a leading provider of roof and wall products to the residential and commercial construction markets, is pleased to announce new sales representation in the Carolinas. Based just outside of Charlotte, NorthCarolina, Foresight Building Solutions will be tasked with increasing Benjamin Obdyke’s presence throughout the territory. Foresight Building Solutions has been covering the Carolinas for over five years representing both residential...

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Green Builder asked and you answered! Our HydroGap drainable housewrap was voted as one of this year’s top green building wraps! Thank you to all of our loyal customers who recognize our products help you Build Better. Source: GreenBuilder, March 2014

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The Obdyke team returned to the International Roofing Expo in Las Vegas last week. We were anxious to attend to unveil our latest and greatest ridge vent solution, Shark Vent (and escape the freezing temps and snow!!). The show (and the weather) did not dissapoint. You could feel the energy and excitement of the show as soon as you walked onto the expo floor. We spoke to contractors, distributors, and architects from all over the US & Canada - the consensus was that the industry is...

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HORSHAM, PA ─ Northeast Marketing Associates, LLC has been appointed by Benjamin Obdyke to represent its line of roof and wall products in New England in the following states: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York (east of RT 81). Northeast Marketing Associates sells products through wholesale distribution, and every company they represent is headquartered in the United States. They focus on product training as a service to their customers...

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HydroGap, manufactured by Benjamin Obdyke, recently received an evaluation report (ESR# 3394) from ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), providing evidence that HydroGap Drainable Housewrap meets code requirements. Building officials, architects, contractors, specifiers, designers and others utilize ICC-ES Evaluation Reports to provide a basis for using or approving HydroGap in construction projects under the International Building and International Residential Codes. ICC-ES President Mark Johnson...

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Packaged for Performance: Weather, vapor, and air barriers protect buildings and their occupants—but when should each be used? Buildings shield us from the natural elements, yet they too require protection to ensure their performance and integrity. To this end, the many layers of materials comprising a building envelope work together in keeping it—and us—healthy. Source: Read the rest of the article by Alice Liao in ECOBUILDINGpulse

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HORSHAM, Pa. – Benjamin Obdyke Incorporated, a leading provider of roof and wall products to the residential and light-commercial construction markets, today announced the formation of the company’s Innovation Council 2013. Comprised of builders, contractors, designers and architects representing a variety of states and climates, the Innovation Council maintains a dialogue with Benjamin Obdyke about best practices, innovative building solutions, and current needs in the construction...

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“Sealed and Saving: Advancements in weather-resistant barriers keep things tight yet ventilated to save energy” by Abby Kleckler, Assistant Editor The July issue of Professional Remodeler looks at the innovations in weather resistant barriers in past years and how education is changing the market. Source: Professional Remodeler Magazine

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HORSHAM PA- MAY 23, 2013 The PCBC exhibit floor is full of innovative products, but navigating the aisles can take a while. So you don’t want to miss the Parade of Products — a series of rapid-fire, three-minute presentations that bring the best of the best directly to you. Benjamin Obdyke’s HydroFlash™ Self-Adhered Flashing is picked as a winner for the 2013 Parade of Products. You can see their 3 minute presentation on Wednesday June 5th at 2:00 pm. Their opening act will feature...

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HORSHAM, Pa. (May 15, 2013) – Benjamin Obdyke Incorporated, a leading provider of roof and wall products to the residential and commercial construction markets, today announced that the company’s Home Slicker® Rainscreen and Blockade™ Mortar Deflection System products are being featured in the Proud Green Home at Serenbe, a national model for the future of balanced development in the U.S. Designed by LG Squared, Inc. Residential Design of Atlanta and located just south of the city in...

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Benjamin Obdyke added a flashing for its HydroGap weather barrier that self-adheres to a range of building materials—including OSB, sheathing, and building wraps—without a primer. It can be installed in temperatures as cold as zero degrees Fahrenheit, applied wet, and comes in 4-, 6-, and 9-inch widths, each 7 millimeters thick. Check out the March issue of ProSales for more on Hot Finds from IBS. Source: ProSales

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Gary Katz, of Katz RoadShow builds with Benjamin Obdyke’s HomeSlicker,to create a rainscreen wall system. As an experienced carpenter, he explains the importance of an air gap behind trim and siding to promote evaporation and air circulation. By creating a drainage plane moisture can dry quickly, preventing mold and rot. <p>

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GreenBuilder Magazine’s editors pick HydroGap to be featured in “The Hot 50” products for 2013! The November ’13 edition spotlights the key features that make HydroGap Drainable Housewrap unique. Source: GreenBuilder Magazine

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Product Backed by a 15-Year Product and Labor Limited Warranty When Used With Company’s HydroGap® Drainable Housewrap HORSHAM, Pa. (January 28, 2013) – Benjamin Obdyke Incorporated, a leading provider of roof and wall products to the residential and commercial construction markets, today introduces its new HydroFlash™ Self-Adhered Flashing, developed to deliver superior adhesion and temperature application and effectively meet the needs of installers. Effective January 15, Benjamin...

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Benjamin Obdyke will be a sponsor of Professional Builder magazine’s annual “Show Village” at the International Builder’s Show Jan 22-24, 2013 in Las Vegas. HydroGao Drainable Housewrap will be featured as part of the “modern-style” home and shown on an exposed wall. We’ll be talking to attendees about HydroGap at the show, but will also be featured on the “Show Village” website that launches next week. We’ll have a full year of exposure through the informative,...

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Following up from our recent talks about unique applications of Benjamin Obdyke products; check out these two high-profile applications in which the builders decided to Build Better® with products from Benjamin Obdyke in untraditional ways. Cougar Vent® – Not Your Ordinary Ridge Vent! The Journal of Light Construction recently featured a builder with a cutting edge mindset who was looking for unique was to improve his building design—so how did he achieve this when designing his...

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New Roof Ridge Vent From Benjamin Obdyke In response to demand by roofing contractors and building supply distributors, Benjamin Obdyke has introduced a new lightweight, classic-style roof ridge vent called Cougar™ Ridge Vent. Benjamin Obdyke, the company which introduced the first rolled ridge vent product to the construction market, introduces Cougar™ Ridge Vent, a lightweight, classic-style roof ridge vent without fabric that promotes attic ventilation and optimizes the life,...

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Drainage-Promoting Housewrap For Exterior Wall Benjamin Obdyke, the company which introduced the first rolled ridge vent and the first rolled rainscreen product to the construction market, is seeking an alliance partner to commercialize the recently patented Hydrofilament® Drainable Housewrap, the fastest draining housewrap available on the market today. With the patent for this innovative moisture management technology secured, Benjamin Obdyke envisions the technology to be the perfect...

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*Please Note: Hydrofilament was replaced by the new Hydrogap Product January 2012. For information on this product, please visit http://www.hydrogap.com Drains 80% Faster Than Next Best-Performing Enhanced Housewrap. Hydrofilament® Drainable Housewrap by Benjamin Obdyke – the fastest-draining housewrap available on the market today – was named among the 100 Best New Products in 2009 by Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler magazines in their annual list of the most significant...

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Ridge Vent System Stands Up To Rigorous Testing Procedures. Xtractor Vent® XLP Turbo, an externally baffled rolled ridge vent available from Benjamin Obdyke Incorporated, has recently received a Miami-Dade County Notice of Acceptance, stating that Xtractor Vent XLP Turbo complies with the high velocity hurricane zone of the Florida Building Code. In addition, the product has received the Florida Building Code Product Approval recognizing the use of Xtractor Vent XLP Turbo in the state of...

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