Building products brand Huber Engineered Woods has expanded its line of high-performance structural systems with the addition of the AdvanTech X-Factor subfloor and a new flashing tape.
Based on feedback from construction professionals, the company developed AdvanTech X-Factor as a new class of subflooring with a fade-resistant, water-shedding surface on a high-performance engineered wood panel, the company explains. The built-in protective top layer increases the moisture-resistance of the original AdvanTech panel, and it pairs well with AdvanTech-brand subfloor adhesives.
“Huber Engineered Woods continues to solve design and construction challenges by reimagining installation and assembly design to reflect our industry’s desire to push high-performance forward,” says Jason Darling, director of innovations for Huber Engineered Woods. “AdvanTech X-Factor rounds out our portfolio of category-defining subflooring products and offers builders yet another option to elevate their jobsite and finished product.”
As the company explains it, X-Factor does not use traditional OSB and plywood panels that typically flake, delaminate, or discolor from exposure to daily jobsite stresses, such as rain, snow, or foot traffic. X-Factor, the company says, protects the panel surface quality and appearance because the built-in, water-shedding top layer provides a smooth subfloor surface that is easy to clean.
AdvanTech X-Factor is perfect for the building team or homeowner looking to reduce the way their subflooring reflects the impact of jobsite challenges and potential need for rework due to damage, the company says. Additional benefits include curbside appeal of a clean, smooth subfloor assembly and surface consistency for even covering application. The product comes in panels measuring 4 feet by 8 feet and 23/32 inch thick. It can span joists schedules measuring 24 inches on center.
Huber also has added to its portfolio of flashing products with the addition of a Vapor Permeable Tape, a product that is designed to be used with the company’s ZIP integrated sheathing system. ZIP is an all-in-one structural system that includes OSB panels that integrate a built-in water-resistive barrier and rigid air barrier. Once the panels are installed, installers tape the panel connections, corners, and any protrusions in the building envelope. The tape also is used for sealing and flashing applications.
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Huber adds that the tape is a potential solution for extreme climate zones or high performance assemblies that are often found in passive house, net zero, or other above code project certification programs.
“The new ZIP System VP Tape offers all the benefits of standard ZIP System flashing tape with a high-powered acrylic adhesive and broad temperature application range, with the added feature of a higher permeance for teams seeking to increase this factor for unique designs or environments,” the company says.
Available at lumberyards and amazon.com, the VP tape comes in 3.75-inch-by-90-foot rolls and rounds out a portfolio of sealing materials that include a wide variety of 15 different straight and “stretch” tapes, as well as fluid-applied flashing offerings, the company says.