Home Slicker HP Rainscreen
A new modified version of the first plastic membrane designed for creating a 1⁄4-in. ventilated airspace behind siding
Benjamin Obdyke’s Home Slicker was the first plastic membrane designed for creating a 1/4-in. ventilated airspace behind siding. At first, builders had to install housewrap or some other water-resistive barrier (WRB) before installing the plastic spacer. A few years later, Benjamin Obdyke released Home Slicker with Typar, which includes a WRB attached to the back side of the plastic mesh. This product saves labor compared to the original Home Slicker, but there’s a drawback: It’s difficult to separate the housewrap from the mesh, so it’s tougher to integrate flashing and transition details.
A new product, Slicker HP, solves this problem. The mesh is attached to Benjamin Obdyke’s own WRB with an easy-to-separate adhesive, making it easier to integrate flashing details. It sells for about $2 per sq. ft.