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Air & Moisture Barriers

  • Huberwood Zip System Radiant Barrier

    These roof panels can help lower attic temperatures and protect against moisture.

     
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    Prepping for Outdoor Patio Tile Installation (Subscriber content)

    Detail the substrate properly for a long-lasting floor.

     
  • Best Practice for Stucco Parapet Caps (Subscriber content)

    To ensure a waterproof installation, use adhesive between layers of waterproofing materials and pay close attention to corners and intersections.

     
  • Stucco Rainscreen – Delta Dry Stucco & Stone Review

    How can we build a stucco assembly that will be just as durable and “safe” as a traditional siding house?

     
  • AP Foil-Faced Polyiso Sheathing

    This Energy Star-certified board offers an R-value of 6.5 per inch.

     
  • Studying Moisture in Fat Walls (Subscriber content)

    Comparing the performance of a cellulose-insulated double wall against the same wall insulated with two different thicknesses of low-density open-cell spray foam.

     
  • JLC June Letters

    Risinger’s recent video sparks a debate about Tyvek, and a reader takes issue with foam-slicing saws.

     
  • Roofing With Asphalt Shingles

    More than 80% of U.S. homes have asphalt shingle roofs, and though easy to install, you still need to do it right. These details and best practices will help ensure a durable roof.

     
  • Masonry Through-Wall Flashing at Windows (Subscriber content)

    Enclosing an open second-story deck above a kitchen with through-wall flashing poses some unique challenges.

     
  • Working With Flexible Flashing (Subscriber content)

    Some contractors still don’t understand how to get the most out of these products. Here are some tips for installations that stand firm for the long haul.

     
  • Pro Clima Solitex Mento Housewrap

    Vapor migrates in and out by passing along a molecular chain in the membrane.

     
  • Scuppers and Drains for Waterproof Decks

    The worst dry-rot damage usually occurs where drains and scuppers penetrate a deck. Here’s how to avoid it.

     
  • Insulating Cathedral Ceilings (Subscriber content)

    JLC executive editor Clayton DeKorne explores some practical solutions to prevent call backs and boost energy performance.

     
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    Retrofit Exterior Foundation Insulation (Subscriber content)

    Is there a minimally invasive, cost-competitive, easily deployable method of upgrading soil-side foundation insulation in existing buildings? Read on.

     
  • On Site With Liquid Flash (Subscriber content)

    We try out Huber's Zip System Liquid Flash on a few windows that we were installing, as well as on pipe penetrations, to see how it performs.

     
  • Encapsulating ducts with at least 1 1/2 inches of closed-cell spray foam substantially improves HVAC performance in all U.S. climate zones. Burying the encapsulated ducts in loose-fill attic insulation improves performance even more.

    Buried and Encapsulated Ducts (Subscriber content)

    Encapsulating ducts with at least 1 1/2 inches of closed-cell spray foam substantially improves HVAC performance in all U.S. climate zones. Burying the encapsulated ducts in loose-fill attic insulation improves performance even more.

     
  • PVC Ceiling

    Zip-Up Ceiling offers a quick way to finish a basement ceiling: Install trim around the perimeter, then infill with paintable PVC panels and hidden rails that can be unzipped later for cleaning and overhead access.

     
  • Advanced Building Products Mortairvent Membrane

    Suitable for all exterior siding applications, this rainscreen technology creates a drainage and ventilation cavity between the weather resistant barrier and the exterior wall.

     
  • Rigid Rock Wool

    Designed for use as exterior continuous insulation in rainscreen wall systems, Comfortboard CIS repels water but is breathable enough to allow outward wall drying.

     
  • Replacing the Trim Around a Classic Doorway (Subscriber content)

    Upgrading the trim on a vintage home such as this one gives an old doorway a new life.

     
 
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking