Zip System wall and roof sheathing
• Manufactured by Huber Engineered Woods
• 800-933-9220; www.huberwood.com
• Cost: see comparison below
Just over a year ago, Huber, the maker of AdvanTech sheathing, introduced two new structural-sheathing products: Zip System Wall and Zip System Roof. Both oriented-strand-board (OSB) products have an impregnated kraft-paper facing and are marked, cut, and installed the same as typical OSB or plywood sheathing. These sheathing panels are different, however, because they also act as weather-resistive barriers. After installation, the seams of each panel are sealed with a proprietary tape to dry in the house. Walls don’t need an additional weather-resistive barrier such as housewrap, and roofs don’t require felt paper or synthetic underlayment.
Once all the seams are taped, the 7/16-in.- thick, green-colored wall panels create an essentially draftproof system with a perm rating similar to conventional sheathing covered with housewrap. Because there is no housewrap, though, the transition between the sheathing and the nailing fin of windows and doors is just taped in the same fashion as the panel seams.
The 1/2-in.-thick, reddish-brown roof panels are similar to the wall panels, but they aren’t designed to pass water vapor as easily and therefore are not interchangeable with the green panels. The seams on the roof are taped in the same way; and roofing is applied directly to the sheathing. Those who are worried about voiding a shingle warranty by omitting the traditional underlayment will be pleased to know that Certainteed, Elk, Iko, Owens Corning, and Tamko have all signed off on the Zip System, and more roofing manufacturers are sure to join that group.
Another plus is that as long as the total roof load doesn’t exceed 80 psf and as long as the trusses or rafters aren’t spaced more than 24 in. on center, the true…