ZIP System Moisture Barrier
When planning your commercial construction project there are several options to use for moisture barrier protection when building. In this blog, which is 2 of a 3-part series we are going to discuss ZIP System for use as a moisture barrier.
ZIP System sheathing system combines an engineered sheathing and a moisture barrier into one product. What sets them apart is that the panels are engineered with the protective barrier pressed right into the pane under enormous pressure to make the pane and the barrier a single surface. This surface is now water-resistant and vapor permeable, which can be far superior to a house wrap in most situations.
Once properly spaced and fastened, the panels use ZIP flashing tape with an advanced adhesive to provide an exceptional seal that is virtually air and watertight. This system can reduce installation time by as much as 40 percent over traditional OSB with a house wrap. The typical building process of installing a house wrap material over wood sheathing panels prior to siding and roofing requires nailing and stapling the wrap to the sheathing and then sealing the seams with tape.
A single worker can complete the Zip System panels and tape. Stretch tape can be used to conform to challenging curves and corners. Once applied, you use a roller to remove any air bubbles to ensure a watertight seal. Before rolling, the tape can be removed and re-positioned if need be to ensure the best application. At this point, siding and roofing can be installed directly on top of the ZIP System sheathing. Other ZIP products include – ZIP Liquid Flash, ZIP Stretch Tape, ZIP Roof Sheathing, and ZIP Ice & Water,
ZIP System sheathing reduces air leakage, which decreases drafts and keeps out dust, insects, pollutants, and odors while improving energy efficiency and interior comfort of the project. Sheathing panels are available in three thicknesses, allowing you to choose the strength and protection you need. Long-length panels can help reduce the number of seams required.