IKO Introduces Self-Adhering Vapour Permeable Membrane for Building Envelope Applications

IKO AquaBarrier VP provides high performance in wall assemblies where a vapour permeable, weather-resistive air barrier is required

BRAMPTON, Ontario (July 13, 2017) – IKO AquaBarrier™ VP Self-Adhering Vapour Permeable Membrane provides a primerless, versatile, vapour permeable membrane solution with easy installation and mold resistance for a variety of building envelope applications. 

Self-Adhering, Versatile Applications

A self-adhering, primerless membrane, AquaBarrier VP provides superior performance in wall assemblies where a vapour permeable, weather-resistive air barrier is required.

“AquaBarrier VP is engineered to not only serve as an excellent air barrier but also diffuse vapour, which allows walls to drain and substrates to dry,” said Akif Amin, Vice President of IKO’s Commercial Division. “Architects, specifiers and roofing consultants can enjoy the fact that AquaBarrier VP also complies with – and in some cases, exceeds – industry standards for high-performance commercial air and weather barriers.”

Thanks to the vapour permeable matrix of AquaBarrier VP, it is readily compatible and can be applied to most common substrates such as gypsum, oriented strand board (OSB), block, concrete, concrete masonry unit (CMU) and plywood. The membrane is also designed for various applications, including masonry cavity walls, metal cladding systems, renovations and retrofits, siding, curtain walls and parapets.

Easy Installation

The lightweight design of the AquaBarrier VP membrane makes it easy to install, with no mechanical attachments or primer required for standard application. Coated with a proprietary acrylic adhesive on the back surface, AquaBarrier VP offers high performance for common
wall applications and also features an easily removed polypropylene release film.

AquaBarrier VP is an effective vapour permeable membrane when installed according to IKO specifications.

Mold and Mildew Resistance

Lastly, AquaBarrier VP is constructed of a polyolefin synthetic polymer (fibre) membrane with low water retention capacity and is therefore mold and mildew resistant.

Wall System Accessories

The IKO AquaBarrier line includes a full range of membrane and accessory products that provide superior protection in wall assemblies with air and vapour barrier systems. Engineered to meet or exceed industry standards for high performance, the line includes self-adhering and torch-on wall membranes, through-wall flashing membrane, foundation protection and flashing tapes.

For more information on AquaBarrier VP and details on IKO’s commercial wall and roofing system solutions and accessories, visit www.iko.com/comm.

About IKO

IKO is a worldwide leader in the roofing, waterproofing and insulation industry for residential and commercial markets. A family-owned business established in 1951, the company remains firmly rooted in its founding values of craftsmanship, innovation and a commitment to providing best-in-class products, quality and value. IKO operates more than 25 manufacturing plants throughout North America and Europe, and has grown to be among the world’s largest exporters of asphalt shingles. For more information on IKO and its full line of roofing product solutions, visit www.iko.com.

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Jeff Williams
Brand Director, IKO

Derek Fee
Manager of Corporate Communications, IKO