Panel for sheathing system and method

  • US 9,382,713 B2
  • Filed: 03/13/2015
  • Issued: 07/05/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/23/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A panel system to externally envelope a structure, the system comprising:

  • at least two adjacent lignocellulosic panels, each panel including an outer surface, an inner surface, and at least one edge extending therebetween, wherein each panel is aligned with its at least one edge proximate to the at least one edge of the adjacent panel to define a longitudinal joint between the two adjacent panels, and wherein the edges of the adjacent panels are substantially parallel to each other;

    a barrier layer secured to the outer surface or the inner surface of each panel, the barrier layer being substantially bulk water resistant and substantially water vapor permeable, the barrier layer having an outer surface that is textured; and

    a bulk water resistant edge sealant sealing the joint between the proximate edges of the two adjacent panels, wherein the edge sealant includes strips of water-resistant tape having an adhesive layer and a backing, wherein the panel includes alignment guides for positioning of the water-resistant tape during installation,wherein the assembled panel system forms a sealed wall or roof of the structure without applying a separate moisture barrier layer of house wrap or felt paper.

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