ZIP System Sheathing

By Todd Fratzel on Building Materials, Framing, Siding & Trim

picture of ZIP system sheathingI recently wrote about a new product, ZIP System Wall and Roof Sheathing, and today we finally installed some of the ZIP System wall sheathing on the new house we’re building that you can follow on Total House Construction Series – Foundation to Finish.

The ZIP System is an exciting new product that I’m very impressed with so far. I’ll be writing more about this product in future posts. However, I wanted to point it out again after we finally gave it a try. ZIP System sheathing is a 1/2 inch thick wall panel of Advantec sheathing with a vapor barrier laminated on the outside surface.

picture of ZIP system sheathingThe vapor barrier replaces the need for Tyvek or a similar product. Once all the sheathing is installed all the joints get taped to create an airtight seal. The thing that I’m most excited about is this house is being pre-fabricated in a factory with the ZIP system sheathing. All of the walls (with the exception of the basement walkout walls that have already been framed) will be pre-fabricated. Pre-fabricated walls are not the same as a modular home. In fact, they are built exactly the same way they would be built in the field except they are done in a controlled environment and then shipped to the job site.

So be sure to come back in the coming days as we erect the wall panels and then set the roof trusses on this new home.

About the author

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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