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Moisture Management Education

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Category: Products In Action

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At Benjamin Obdyke we love to hear how you Build Better with our products. Recently we were contacted by Annapolis, MD homeowners, John Woodward and his wife Joy. When they re-sided their home and built an addition, they decided to use HydroGap Drainable Housewrap as part of their moisture management system under the new siding. John Woodward – owner, designer, and builder – says he’s sold on HydroGap because it’s a much stronger material, reasonably priced, and visually helps blend...

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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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At Benjamin Obdyke, we’re passionate about protecting homes and buildings from moisture damage – and have been since 1868. In an effort to provide resources to help you Build Better, Benjamin Obdyke will periodically contract testing of our products in certain environments and in conjunction with other products on the market. This information not only helps us improve our own products and practices, but gives us important data to share with you, our customers. Recently we’ve noticed...

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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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Our latest video from the Benjamin Obdyke test house features Slicker MAX rainscreen, formerly Home Slicker Stone & Stucco. Slicker MAX is one of four products in our maximum protection system along with our other rainscreens: Slicker HP, Slicker Classic and Home Slicker Plus Typar. 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...

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The San Francisco area’s tidal bay, adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, is home to some of the country’s most challenging weather. The bayfront village of Sausalito, California endures nightly fog, high humidity and occasional wind-blown rain that can hit buildings sideways. Preventing moisture from accumulating inside buildings and underneath windows, roofs and even siding panels is a challenging task – builders must understand how to effectively manage moisture and which building products to...

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OneCall Services, a full service home remodeling company based in Lewes, DE, selects HydroGap® Drainable Housewrap 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 one of many in the Delaware Bay area constantly pummeled by the region’s heavy winter...

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Did you know our commercial grade housewrap, FlatWrap HP, is available in a convenient 16 inch roll? FlatWrap HP 16 offers the same great characteristics of the 5 ft version in an easy to handle roll. The advantage of the 16 in roll reduces the amount of waste on the job site because it eliminates the need to cut down larger rolls for use in rafter, gable, sill, and outside corner applications. With FlatWrap HP you get a premium tri-laminate housewrap that provides optimal strength while...

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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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We asked and you answered! Here at Benjamin Obdyke, our goal is to help you Build Better and because of that we asked you to share your projects with us. We received photos of our products being used all over the country on garages, multi-family units and even a restored historic home! HydroGap® Drainable Housewrap on Brandywine Senior Living Facility in Haddonfield, New Jersey by Ran Interiors/Ehrett Construction Home Slicker® Rainscreen on La Residence in Napa, California by...

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Carl Seville, A well-respected building scientist discusses why he uses Home Slicker in conjunction with the Huber Zip System in this article. Source: Remodeling: Three Good and (Sometimes) Green Products

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Located in Western Canada, in the province of Alberta, is the city of Calgary. Known for its extreme weather patterns, Calgary endures hot summers and cold winters, rain and thunderstorm in bulk masses and occasionally—but not exceptionally —damaging hailstorms. Within the city lies the luxury retirement community of Aspen Woods, owned by Amica™, Canada’s most innovative operator of seniors’ retirement residences. As the first Amica residences in Calgary, Amica at Aspen Woods...

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When Scott Campbell of Maine Mountain Post & Beam builds something, he does it with careful forethought and intense preparation. From repairing and reassembling antique barns to custom cutting a new timber frame, each building has it’s unique needs to consider. So when he finally decided to put up a timber frame for himself as a shop he made sure to research each and every aspect of the building. Located in the western mountains of Maine, weather is always an issue. Scott was sure he...

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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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Nestled in the town of Westerly, Rhode Island is a small beachfront community called Weekapaug. A lesser-known New England gem, Weekapaug, which is a Native American word meaning “end of pond,” has many private roads running through it, large saltwater ponds and is open to the Atlantic Ocean. For more than 100 years, summer cottages have decorated the areas landscape and today the area boasts some of the most beautiful residences in New England. One such home, the Kelly residence, is...

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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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Home Slicker And Cedar Breather Fans: We Want You! Build BetterTM isn’t just a philosophy at Benjamin Obdyke—it is a way of life. We develop, support and offer products for our fans that will help them. And we immerse ourselves in the understanding of their many uses. Two of more popular product lines have served a multitude of functions both relevant to the building industry and not. These products, Cedar Breather® and Home Slicker®, are known by many names—wall breather, vent mats,...

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Developer Goes ‘Extra Mile’ With Addition Of Rainscreen System To Home. Chad Ludeman, founder of the development company Postgreen, has achieved his goal of building a new, LEED Platinum home in Philadelphia for only $100,000 by keeping the design basic and the building technologies green. A key green aspect of the design that will contribute to the home’s sustainability is an exterior wall assembly that includes structured insulated panels (SIPs), fiber cement siding, and a vented...

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