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Choosing the Right Flashing

It’s really no surprise that homes today are being built significantly better than in the past. With recent advances in building science, we’ve come a long way in building structures that are more durable, more efficient, and more comfortable.

And one of the main things that allow us to build those better homes is keeping water & moisture out. 

Today, we have many options in moisture control, along with more knowledge in the best practices of how to use them. But still, it remains that one of the most vulnerable areas when it comes to moisture intrusion is your door & window frame.

Water can infiltrate even the tiniest hole to gain access to your wall cavity, which is a place that you definitely do not want it. Every builder has seen the damage that this has caused – issues ranging from wood rot to mold growth can become apparent if water & moisture intrusion are not controlled. Which is why door & window flashing is one of the key aspects of your build.

What Do I Need To Look For In A Flashing?

When it comes to selecting the right flashing for your job, there’s a lot to consider. Some of the things that you want to take into account are:

  • Adhesion. It’s important that your flashing provides optimal adhesion to the surfaces that you are going to be using it on. Choose something with an aggressive adhesion-profile to ensure that it will continue to stick long after the build is complete.
  • Temperature Rating & Application. Here in the Northeast, it’s important to choose a flashing that performs well at both very high & very low temps. It’s also important to choose a product that can be installed year-round, so look for a flashing with an application temp down to 0 degrees.
  • UV Exposure Limit. Flashings are susceptible to UV damage if they aren’t covered up within a certain amount of time. At the same time, builds don’t always land on schedule – so make sure to choose a flashing that has a longer UV exposure limit to ensure protection.
  • Ability to Self-Seal. The purpose of flashing is to keep water out, so it’s crucial that your flashing has the ability to gasket seamlessly around any fasteners that puncture it.

It’s also a great idea to think about how a flashing will perform in the over-all weather barrier system. For the best protection, make sure the specs of your flashing comply with everything else that you’re using.

Which Flashing Provides All The Benefits Listed Above?

Introducing Henry Fortiflash 365.

Fortiflash 365 is an all-new door & window flashing that provides maximum protection & performance in the following ways:

  • Block copolymer technology provides extreme adhesion
  • Performance in temperatures ranging from -40 degrees to 300 degrees
  • Application in temps down to 0 degrees
  • 12-month UV Exposure limit
  • 15-year Fortishield warranty (when used as a complete Henry system)

Fortiflash 365 offers modern building science technology with ease of use and affordability. Make sure to pick some up for your next project!

Fortiflash 365 is available at Holden Humphrey in 4”, 6”, 9”, and 12” x 75’ sizes. Call your Holden Humphrey rep at 800-777-1053 today to learn more!