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​Moisture is the number one cause of exterior wall damage. Drainage is widely accepted as one of the most effective measures for reducing moisture damage due to rain penetration. Drainage is a critical component in allowing the housewrap to do its job – particularly in keeping walls dry. According to a study by John Straube and Jonathan Smegal of Building Science Corporation, a 1mm drainage gap “will drain water at a rate considerably greater than rainwater is expected to penetrate behind...

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​A rainscreen system, such as our Slicker family, was designed for regions of the country prone to wind-driven rain, excessive amounts of rainfall, or high temperature and humidity. Wind-driven rain from the outside and moisture vapor from the home’s interior, often remain trapped in the sidewall assembly. Left alone, this moisture can promote the growth of mold and undermine the structural integrity of the wall. For wet and/or humid climates, coastal areas and hilltop exposures...

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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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The Seattle construction market has seen unprecedented growth in recent years, significantly increasing jobs and new housing starts. But with less space in the area to build new projects, designers, contractors and builders must be strategic about which projects they take on. Full-scale construction of NetZero homes is an appealing option for many local builders, not only for the chance to work on a sustainable design, but for the ability to set themselves apart in the building community....

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At Benjamin Obdyke, we’re passionate about protecting homes and buildings from moisture damage – and have been since 1868. Using building science as our guide, we develop solutions that allow the owner and building professional to Build Better for the long term, without breaking the bank. With a solid understanding of the differences in the roles and performance characteristics of rainscreen systems and the distinct types of water resistive barriers, making the right product selection can be...

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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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During JLC Live Northeast in March, Matt Risinger stopped by the booth to talk to George Caruso, our product development manager and tech guru, about good, better, best practices when it comes to WRBs. Check out the video below where they discuss how Benjamin Obdyke products such as HydroGap Drainable Housewrap and Slicker Family of Rainscreens help you achieve a small or large gap in your wall assembly. Be sure to follow Matt on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Mattrisinger.com.

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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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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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One of our most frequently asked questions is what is the difference between a rainscreen, drainable housewrap and a flat housewrap? The answer all comes down to the gap. A rainscreen like any from the Slicker family provides a ¼ in gap behind your cladding. A ¼ in gap is considered a “big gap” for drainage and drying performance. Drainable housewrap like HydroGap provides a 1 mm gap behind your cladding. The 1 mm gap is considered a “small gap” for drainage performance. And...

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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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As more states adopt the IECC 2012 standards, we’ve received an increased amount of questions related to the use of Obdyke’s moisture management solutions in these applications. Check out the video below to understand how Home Slicker and HydroGap can be installed in a wall with exterior rigid foam. <p>

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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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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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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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by Tara Murray, Marketing Manager at Benjamin Obdyke Here are 10 reasons NOT to tape HydroGap’s seams. While we certainly believe that you shouldn’t have to tape the seams, some manufacturers of housewrap require it. To this point, make sure to do your homework! Annnd here we go: 1. Elimination of seam tape allows for unrestricted drainage path (no reverse flashing). 2. Drainage space provides path of least resistance down and out of the wall system – moisture won’t migrate laterally at...

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by Sean O’Neill, Marketing Coordinator at Benjamin Obdyke House wrap. How do you choose the right house wrap when there are so many product specs to consider? What does “perms” mean? Why should any of us care? Perforated vs. non-perforated? Spare me, you say! Some of us just want to know what housewrap is the right housewrap for our projects, and a little bit about “why.” So, with that said, where do we begin? Without further ado, here are the top 4 factors you should always...

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Philadelphia-Area Builder Sees Rainscreen Wall Construction As Solution. Imagine the shock a homeowner experiences when he or she discovers that the new, multi-million-dollar home they purchased less than 10 years ago is riddled with damage caused by water intrusion behind the stucco or manufactured stone exterior. More and more such homes built just a short time ago – using the best building practices known at the time – are experiencing problems with moisture trapped behind the exterior...

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