News Release

Fortifiber Building Systems Group, 300 Industrial Drive, Fernley, NV 89408

For Immediate Release

For More Information Contact:
Allen Zeigler
Fortifiber Building Systems Group
(775) 333-6400

Fortifiber® Introduces WeatherSmart® Commercial Housewrap

RENO, NV, January 21, 2013 - Fortifiber Building Systems Group® announces the introduction of its WeatherSmart Commercial weather-resistive barrier, a product that redefines the standard in high performance building wraps for commercial applications. The new product offers architects and builders a no-compromise solution that is the ideal blend of advanced building science and field-proven jobsite durability.

WeatherSmart Commercial was engineered for the rigors of a commercial jobsite, with up to three times the tear resistance of competing products. Its nonwoven, non-perforated construction, employing an advanced breathable polymer technology, delivers the ideal balance between breathability and water protection. In fact, the product holds out water 4.5 times better than the leading commercial housewrap- while exceeding the strict Canadian Air Infiltration standards.

Unlike other commercial-grade wraps, the product can be exposed for up to 12 months – 33% longer than most competitive products. When combined with the company’s new 3” wide Fortifiber Sheathing Tape – a tape specifically engineered to provide more adhesion for the building wrap’s heavier, stronger construction – WeatherSmart Commercial gives builders a solution that truly is designed for the commercial jobsite.

The design of WeatherSmart Commercial eliminates one of the other key problems with all polymeric housewraps – the loss of building envelope protection when exposed to surfactants. The construction of the product makes it highly resistant to surfactants, so exposure to these substances in the form of power washing solutions and detergents won’t affect its performance.

Fortifiber’s President, Chris Yount reiterates Fortifiber’s commitment to delivering high performance building solutions. “After an extensive R&D effort, we’re very pleased to introduce a commercial weather-resistive barrier product that delivers far superior performance and durability for the commercial construction market. Getting it right was our goal.”

Fortifiber offers complete weatherization systems that protect residential and commercial structures from moisture intrusion issues. When combined with Fortifiber’s broad line of flashing and accessory products into a properly designed wall system, architects and builders can be assured that they are specifying materials that will withstand the test of time. WeatherSmart Commercial is an integral element of Fortifiber’s 10-Year Systems Warranty – FortiShield®.

The WeatherSmart Commercial data sheet is available in PDF format on Fortifiber's website, at http://www.fortifiber.com/pdf/data_sheets/DS_weathersmart_commercial.pdf

About Fortifiber Building Systems Group
Fortifiber Building Systems Group has earned a solid reputation for technical expertise, practical know-how and responsiveness to the needs of the building industry by providing Moisture Control Systems that help protect builders and owners from moisture related problems that can damage residential and commercial buildings. Over its 70-year history, the company has become a trusted partner in the effort to solve moisture related building problems, and a valued advisor to building code officials in local communities on construction issues. Fortifiber Building Systems Group is accessible via the Internet at www.fortifiber.com.