Vapor or Air or Water: Barrier Lingo Decoded

There is a lot of lingo that gets thrown around in our industry, and sometimes it gets confusing. Such is the case with air, vapor and water-resistive barriers. It’s a tangled web of weatherization wonkiness! Let’s start with Vapor Barriers. Vapor moves from a more concentrated state to one that’s less concentrated, and from warm to […]

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Case Study: Nasty Mold Moisture Management Retrofit

In a very rainy corner of northwest Portland, there is a luxury senior community undergoing major remediation. Claremont Town Homes is a gated golf course community that unfortunately was not originally built to withstand the notoriously wet Pacific Northwest weather. The community includes 18 large structures. The original builder used poor quality materials and non-standard installation practices. The result […]

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Website Tips and Tricks: Product Finder

Not sure what product is best for a particular project?  Fortifiber “Product Finder” to the rescue! You’ll find it in the tabs at the top of our website home page.  It will help you select by product category, then narrow recommendations down based on criteria like type of weather, type of project, type of opening…you […]

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New Day, New Standards

Some say our industry is slow to change.  We prefer to think of change in the industry as methodical and deliberate.  The regulating bodies that influence product and installation standards generally seek plenty of input and review before changing established practices.  We are at a crossroads of several new standards and wanted you to know […]

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Summer HEAT? Bring It On!

We are in the hottest time of the year—just in case you had not noticed. This always makes us think about how hot it gets inside the walls of a house. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of documentation on this subject. But we can look no further than the cars parked on the job […]

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Don’t Spin Your Wheels on Flimsy Surface Protection

Ever get a key part of a project completed only to have another trade come in and damage it?  Whether it’s flooring or custom granite counter tops, you want to keep them protected from the inevitable jobsite mishaps.  FortiBoard will take on the challenge—and then some.  It is non-corrugated and rolls out easily.  It’s moisture […]

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Hey! I Can See Myself in this Flashing!

Huh?  More than just a pretty face, the new FortiFlash® Commercial Butyl from Fortifiber is tough stuff.  It has an innovative film facer that is metalized.  This makes the surface highly reflective.  It also gives the surface 12 months of UV resistance.  And clocking in at a hefty 30 mil, it’s got that tenacious butyl […]

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Labor Shortage vs. Labor Savings

We hear it everywhere—finding and keeping skilled construction labor is a huge challenge right now.  Some GC’s and subs are offering signing bonuses and poaching labor from nearby projects.  Some have increased wages or offered project completion bonuses.  None of this helps the bottom line, though.  Here are a few suggestions for labor-saving installs that […]

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