With its integrated WRB-AB, DensElement® Barrier System is an efficiency multiplier, saving installation time and labor.
DensElement® Barrier System consolidates the sheathing installation and waterproofing process by integrating gypsum sheathing, a water-resistive barrier, and an air barrier using AquaKor™ Technology.
DensElement Barrier System frees you from manually applying a WRB-AB over the sheathing on the job site or in the factory. When you use DensElement Barrier System, you’re eliminating an entire step in the installation process.
DensElement® Barrier System uses proprietary AquaKor Technology to create the WRB-AB within. By filling microscopic voids in the glass mat and gypsum core via AquaKor Technology, a hydrophobic, monolithic surface is created that blocks bulk water while retaining vapor permeability. The need for a separate WRB-AB is eliminated. This means fewer passes around the building, fewer labor hours on-site or in the factory, and a quicker building process.
The design of the continuous plane around the envelope to resist bulk water and prevent uncontrolled air movement in and out of the building has the potential to be degraded during the construction process.
When the joints, fasteners, openings, and transitions are properly sealed with DensDefy™ Liquid Flashing, DensElement® Barrier System eliminates the need for a separate WRB-AB. In turn, this eliminates the risk of post-design WRB-AB changes to the building envelope design.
DensElement® Barrier System eliminates the risk of inconsistent WRB-AB application in the field by eliminating the need for a separate WRB-AB. Since installation can occur in wet weather, schedules are accelerated, achieving dry-in faster. And DensElement Barrier System offers relief from the quality control challenges posed by building wraps and both self-adhered and fluid-applied membranes.
Ryan Lutz, architect at Anderson Mason Dale Architects P.C. appreciates the advantages. “Sure, after it’s been applied, we can test a fluid-applied membrane with a wet mil gauge but we can’t test every square inch of the building to see if it received an even, consistent coat. And with other products such as building wraps and peel-and-stick membranes, you don’t know if they’ll be damaged during installation. With the DensElement Barrier System, you don’t have to worry about that because the WRB-AB is integrated.”