IKO Introduces Versatile Vapour Barrier Solution
BRAMPTON, Ontario — IKO recently introduced its new AquaBarrier Vapour Permeable Tapes (VP Tapes), a durable, primeless, user-friendly solution ready to go to work — providing unmatched moisture protection — for any building envelope project.
VP Tapes are made from a polyolefin synthetic polymer, making them resistant to rain, wind and outdoor air that can find a way into walls around windows and doors. This moisture can condense and cause building materials to rot or grow mold, compromising structural integrity.
When the IKO VP Tapes are installed in conjunction with IKO AquaBarrier Vapour Permeable full rolls, they provide superior performance in vulnerable flashing areas ensuring that outside elements stay outside, while maintaining continuity as an air barrier, with vapour breathability.
“VP Tapes provide contractors the ability to take on a variety of projects with faster installation and increased productivity due to its self-adherence,” said Akif Amin, IKO vice president of commercial division. “We’re excited to add the AquaBarrier VP Tapes to our commercial product offerings and provide contractors with full package solutions for their building needs.”
AquaBarrier VP Tapes’ self-adhering membrane is available in a variety of sizes and can be used on multiple commercial substrates such as gypsum, CMU, concrete or wood — without adhesives — in addition to specialized detail areas such as windows, doors, skylights, metal cladding systems and under siding at inside and outside corners.
VP Tapes’ lightweight design means easy installation, with no mechanical attachments or primer required for standard application. Coated with a proprietary acrylic adhesive on the back surface, IKO’s AquaBarrier Vapour Permeable Tapes offer high-performance for common wall applications, while still withstanding the rigors of a job site. The AquaBarrier Vapour Permeable Tapes are part of a full range of accessory products designed to fulfill contractors’ building envelope needs.