During a remodel, clients may be more concerned with what they’re able to see than with what’s behind the walls. But it’s important to make sure you’re not only improving a home’s form and function, but also protecting it from the elements.

Change the Channel
Fortifiber’s WeatherSmart Drainable’s patented channeling technology flows liquid toward the ground and away from the wall to keep buildings dry and protect from mold and rot. The company says WeatherSmart Drainable is suitable for installation behind claddings such as fiber cement, vinyl, and wood. The barrier is made from a non-woven polypropylene fabric that is tear-resistant and embossed to assist with drainage efficiency. It is available in 5-, 9-, and 10-foot-wide rolls.

Environmentally Safe Products’ Low-E line of reflective insulation products contains a polyethylene core center bonded to polished 99.4% pure aluminum. Because of the aluminum facings, the insulation resists heat transfer as a result of convection, conduction, and radiation. The firm says about 3% of radiant energy passes through its insulation, so homeowners will spend less on heating and cooling. Low-E products also can be used as a duct wrap and water heater wrap.

Bond in a Flash
BASF’s new MaxFlash liquid flashing membrane is flexible, waterproof, and made from a one-component elastomeric material designed for use at rough openings. The company claims that the product cures quickly, allowing contractors and remodelers to install windows within hours of application. It bonds to a variety of substrates, such as OSB, steel, and aluminum, and can be applied to damp substrates. In addition, MaxFlash can protect against rainfall immediately.

Slick Move
Slicker HP Housewrap, the latest in Benjamin Obdyke’s portfolio of roof and wall products, combines a water-resistive barrier and rainscreen into one solution that works for both residential and light commercial applications. Ideal for use with wood, fiber cement, stone veneer, and stucco cladding, Slicker HP makes installing a rainscreen easier by incorporating vertical channels to help direct bulk water out of the exterior wall via a 1/4-inch drainage space. The rainscreen also can be removed without compromising the housewrap element.