Reducing air leakage contributes to greater energy efficiency and lower energy costs – something every homeowner can be happy about. ZIP System® R-sheathing is an all-in-one system that helps provide a tight building envelope during and after construction, reducing moisture and air leakage risks.

ZIP System R-sheathing is an insulated sheathing panel system with built-in control layers to manage water, air and thermal bridging. Unlike other exterior insulation options, ZIP System R-sheathing panels also meet structural requirements and provide a nailable, flash-able substrate for windows and wall covering.

ZIP System R-sheathing is available in a variety of insulation thicknesses to meet different levels of desired R-value. Available in R-3, R-6, R-9 and R-12 rated insulation thicknesses, ZIP System R-sheathing has been adopted by progressive, energy-efficient builders across the country who have been able to prove the significant contributions ZIP System R-sheathing and tape has made to help provide higher R-value and reduce air leakage.

“Air leakage can increase energy costs because it makes heating and cooling systems work harder to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter,” said Brent Flotkoetter, ZIP System® sheathing and tape technical products director. “With ZIP System R-sheathing and tape, you can build in protection against air leakage and possible moisture damage within your walls.”

ZIP System R-sheathing and tape eliminates the need for multiple, independently installed products like housewrap, foam sheathing, and metal bracing, and, as building codes continue to change, the ZIP System R-sheathing product line provides a high-performance, all-in-one solution. For more information, visit zipsystem.com.

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 Components of High-Quality Subflooring

Subflooring is integral to the performance and longevity of a home. If you think all subflooring is the same, think again. Delamination, cupping and callbacks for squeaky floors can be major headaches for both builders and homeowners. To prevent these issues, homeowners should ask their builder to seek out high-quality subflooring that is strong, stiff and moisture resistant, like AdvanTech® subflooring.

Strength and Stiffness

The subfloor is the basis for the finished floor coverings. It should be stiff, flat and even, and be able to withstand job site conditions, hold heavy furniture and handle foot traffic.

A subfloor’s fastener holding power determines how it will hold nails, screws or staples. Low-quality subfloors lack the strength to hold fasteners tightly which can lead to subfloor movement and leave your finished floors prone to squeaks.

Unlike low-quality subflooring, the advanced resin in engineered wood subflooring better holds grip fasteners in place, leading to a sturdy, flat subfloor that keeps moisture out and nails in, mitigating squeaks in your home.

Moisture Resistance

Advanced resin subfloors are moisture resistant and can withstand the elements better than a normal OSB or plywood subfloor. If exposed to the elements during the construction process, moisture can ruin a low-quality subfloor.

Once construction begins, the average home build takes six months, which means the job site is bound to be hit with rainfall a few times before it is complete. Heavy rain and long periods of exposure to the elements can take a toll on many wood-based building materials. Similar to a sponge, low-quality subfloors can soak in moisture during the build, which can lead to delays and rework during construction. It can also cause problems like nail pops, squeaks and uneven floorboards after the build.

Rather than commodity subfloor products, homeowners should ask their builders to look for subflooring that uses an advanced resin technology to help panels resist moisture and grip fasteners in place, resisting noisy movement between materials in the subfloor assembly. The result is floors that stay strong, flat and quiet, leading to happy homeowners.

AdvanTech® subflooring is a high-performance, engineered panel designed to replace plywood and commodity oriented strand board (OSB) floor sheathing. Fabricated in highly controlled production facilities utilizing advanced resin technology, AdvanTech subflooring delivers the total performance package of strength, fastener holding, moisture resistance and quality. AdvanTech panels help eliminate floor bounce and squeaks by being manufactured to meet ESR-1785 specifications. For more information, visit advantechperforms.com.