New Product: Vapor Permeable Tapes Provide Increased Productivity

Originally published by: Construction CanadaJune 19, 2019

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IKO’s latest offering—the AquaBarrier Vapour Permeable Tapes (VP Tapes) are a durable, primerless, user-friendly solution ready to go to work—providing unmatched moisture protection.

VP Tapes are made of a polypropylene composite with low water-retention capacity, making them resistant to rain, wind, and outdoor air that can find a way into walls around windows and doors.

When the IKO VP Tapes are installed in conjunction with IKO AquaBarrier Vapour Permeable membrane, 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, commercial division.

AquaBarrier VP Tapes are available in a variety of sizes and can be used on multiple commercial substrates such as gypsum, concrete masonry unit (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, these tapes offer high-performance for common wall applications. The AquaBarrier Vapour Permeable Tapes are part of a full range of accessory products designed to fulfill contractors’ building envelope needs.