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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Project of the Month: Marden Ridge Apartments

          On the outskirts of Orlando is a large multi-family development known as Marden Ridge.  The general contractor on this project is Walker and Co., and the weatherization has been managed by Empire Finish Systems, LLC.  While Orlando lies somewhat inland in Florida, it is still subject to hot tropical weather.  […]

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Coming Soon! Pegboard-friendly FortiSeal.

Many dealers have told us that FortiSeal is a great product like nothing else on the market.  (For those of you that aren’t familiar with this product, it is a one piece pre-cut polyolefin flashing that fits neatly over pipes.  It easily integrates with the weather barrier for full protection.)  FortiSeal is a much more […]

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FREE PCBC Registration

We’ll be exhibiting at the upcoming PCBC show in San Diego June  28-29. Use the link below to register for free: https://l.feathr.co/pcbc-fortifiber-building-systems-group-z  

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Building Paper in the News

Many of you know that the standard for testing water holdout, ASTM D779, is also known as the boat test.  We decided that we were not content with standard test, and actually built a boat using Super Jumbo Tex 60 Minute building paper.  Not long ago, we launched it on Lake Tahoe. That boat would […]

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Grade D Building Paper in the News – “Inward Drive – Outward Drying”

In other news, building science expert extraordinaire, Joe Lstiburek, just published a paper on vapor permeance and the optimal level for a weather-resistive barrier.  His research shows that Asphalt Saturated Kraft building paper (aka “Grade D”) has superior performance in the “sweet spot” of permeance.  That sweet spot is a range of 10-20 perms.  (For […]

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