You know you need a great tape and you know Pro Clima tapes are the best. This rundown will help you select the right tape for the job at hand. If you need complete information, specifications and installation instructions click the product pages linked in each description below.
So let’s break down your taping needs by which basic components you’re taping. In order of appearance:
- Exterior Walls & Basements
- Exterior Penetrations
- Window Penetrations
- Interior Ceilings, Walls & Floors
- Interior Penetrations
Roof membrane to membrane (SOLITEX) and to wood: TESCON Vana
TESCON Vana is a pressure activated SOLID acrylic adhesive tape. It is available in a variety of widths.
Between roof battens and membranes with penetrating fasteners: TESCON Naidec
TESCON Naidec is a self-sealing double sided butyl rubber adhesive tape.
Roof Sheathing (Wood Fiberboard, OSB, Plywood, Exterior Gyp Board): TESCON Vana
Note on Primer: Sheathings, particularly wood fiberboard or OSB may be rough and/or porous and will require the application of Pro Clima’s Primer RP to ensure a robust bond. Test application of TESCON Vana by pressurizing tape, waiting several hours, then peel and verify tenacity of bond. Typical OSB does not require a primer while typical wood fiberboard does require a primer.
EXTERIOR WALLS & BASEMENTS:
Sheathing (Wood Fiberboard, OSB, Plywood, Exterior Gyp Bd): TESCON Vana
See note above regarding primer.
Membranes (SOLITEX behind closed joint rainscreen): TESCON Vana
Membranes (SOLITEX Fronta Quattro behind open joint rainscreens): TESCON Invis
TESCON Invis is functionally the same as TESCON Vana, but is black and has no writing on it.
Membranes (Poly sheets): TESCON Vana
While most poly sheets can be taped with TESCON Vana, with excess residue on the poly sheets adhesion can be unsatisfactory. Quality of adhesion should be confirmed with an adhesion test.
TESCON Vana + Primer RP is the vapor open option. Use Extoseal Encors if a flexible, tough, but vapor closed connection will work best. Use Extoseal Finoc to air seal under sills in timber structures and form capillary break.
Poured Concrete (to Membranes): options above plus CONTEGA HF caulk adhesive.
Stucco/Plaster (to Membranes): TESCON Vana
Single wires: above TESCON tapes and Kaflex Mono
Kaflex Mono is an EPDM gasket with integral TESCON Vana adhesive connection.
Small pipes (.5″ to 1.5″ dia): above TESCON tapes and Roflex 20
Roflex 20 is an EPDM gasket with integral TESCON Vana adhesive connection.
Roflex 30 – 300 are EPDM gaskets that require separate tape connection to air barrier.
Exterior face taping over window flange (Canadian style): TESCON Vana 150
See TESCON Profil blog post on pre-making inside corners, here.
Exterior zero profile taping to window frame: CONTEGA EXO
Use Extoseal Encors for the sill, and Tescon Profil or Tescon Profect to connect window.
Window buck rough opening jambs and head: TESCON Vana
Interior zero profile taping to window frame:CONTEGA SOLIDO SL-D
INTERIOR CEILINGS, WALLS & FLOORS:
All exterior material connections noted above, plus:
Membranes (INTELLO, INTELLO Plus or DB+): TESCON Vana
See this blog post for taping INTELLO Plus or DB+ for dense pack cellulose installations.
Poured Concrete, Block and Wood to Membranes: those noted under Exterior Walls & Basements plus CONTEGA Line
All exterior penetration options plus:
Two (2) Wire penetrations: KAFLEX Duo
Multiple Wires (up to 16 cables): KAFLEX Multi
That’s it! To simplify things further – note that TESCON Vana is capable of handling the vast majority of most typical tape needs. Often with just a roll or two of a few other tapes, a few gaskets, some primer and adhesive caulking – and you have a complete taping system to make all the connections you need. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
One last thought: Be sure to have a handy PRESSFIX tape applicator on hand to ensure proper pressure activation of tapes.