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Old 05-29-2014, 07:44 PM   #1
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The new garage being built in back of my house has Huber Zip System sheathing. Just wondering about thoughts and opinions of this material. Is it lighter, easier or faster to work with?
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:57 PM   #2
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It's a coated OSB relying on tape for flashing rather than a shingled drainage plane.

Any more than that from me you'll have to ask again in another 10-20 years.


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Last time I heard, the warranty on tape is 10 years.
I used tyvek tape when I sealed basement floor vapor sheets, and I was not impressed. If zip wall tape is anything similar, I would not depend on it. Gorilla tape is at least 100% stickier and, by experience, retains the adhesive under water (4 months), for at least 3 years. Eternabond flashing tape goes unchanged for near 10 years (my parents flat roof). But both cost a lot.
I believe the best defense to nature is using its laws against it, which is gravity in this case. OSB with clips, cheap caulk into the joints then 30 lb felt paper are my choices.
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Don't care for it because of the reliance on tape.

I prefer Tyvek and more traditional applications of redundancy.
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