How the Zip System Sheathing and Tape Works

By Published On: July 26, 2023

How the Zip System® Sheathing and Tape Works

In the world of construction, advancements in building materials and techniques continually shape the industry. One such innovation is the Zip System® Sheathing and Tape, a revolutionary building enclosure system designed to enhance efficiency, weatherization, and overall performance. In this blog article, we’ll delve into how the Zip System® Sheathing and Tape works, highlighting its features, benefits, and impact on modern construction practices.

1. A Holistic Building Enclosure System:

The Zip System® Sheathing and Tape is an integrated building enclosure system that combines two essential elements – structural sheathing and a weather-resistant barrier – into a single, high-performance product. This holistic approach streamlines the construction process, reducing labor and material costs.

2. Structural Sheathing for Strength:

The Zip System® Sheathing is a durable, engineered wood panel that serves as a structural base for the building. It provides a continuous, solid surface for attaching exterior cladding, siding, and roofing materials. The sheathing also contributes to the overall stability and load-bearing capacity of the structure.

3. Weather-Resistant Barrier with Advanced Tape Technology:

The Zip System® Tape is a critical component of the system, providing a seamless, airtight, and watertight seal at panel joints and fastener penetrations. The advanced tape technology ensures superior adhesion to the sheathing, blocking out air and moisture, which is crucial for maintaining energy efficiency and preventing water intrusion.

4. Simple and Fast Installation:

The Zip System® Sheathing and Tape work together to simplify the installation process. The panels are easily installed using standard tools and methods, while the tape can be applied effortlessly to create a continuous barrier. This streamlines construction timelines and reduces the risk of installation errors.

5. Enhanced Weatherization:

Traditional building enclosures often rely on multiple layers for weatherproofing, increasing the risk of leaks and inefficiencies. The Zip System® Sheathing and Tape eliminate the need for house wrap, creating a seamless, integrated barrier that offers exceptional protection against moisture, air infiltration, and drafts.

6. Optimized Energy Efficiency:

The airtight and weather-resistant properties of the Zip System® Sheathing and Tape significantly contribute to improved energy efficiency in buildings. The reduced air leakage prevents energy loss, leading to lower heating and cooling costs over the life of the structure.

7. Code Compliance and Testing:

The Zip System® Sheathing and Tape have undergone rigorous testing for code compliance and structural integrity. It meets various building codes and industry standards, ensuring it can be confidently used in a wide range of construction projects.

8. Versatility and Application:

The Zip System® Sheathing and Tape are suitable for various construction applications, including residential, commercial, and multifamily projects. It can be used in various climate zones and adapts well to different architectural styles and building designs.


The Zip System® Sheathing and Tape revolutionize modern construction practices, offering a highly efficient and reliable building enclosure system. Combining structural strength with advanced weather resistance, this integrated system simplifies installation, enhances weatherization, and optimizes energy efficiency. Contractors and builders can benefit from the Zip System® Sheathing and Tape as a cost-effective, time-saving, and performance-driven solution for creating robust and sustainable structures.

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