Benjamin Obdyke’s Slicker HP® Rainscreen for Project Seen on Emmy® Award-Winning TV Show, This Old House

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Advanced moisture management system a key component to restoring historic Victorian style home in Boston suburb

Benjamin Obdyke Incorporated, a leading provider of high performance roof and wall products to the residential and commercial construction markets, provided its Slicker HP® Rainscreen-Housewrap combination product for a Boston-area home renovation featured on the award-winning home improvement show, This Old House. The innovative Slicker HP product can be seen during Episode 11 of the current season, which airs on Thursday, January 14 (check your local listings).

Located in Belmont, Massachusetts, a suburb northwest of Boston, the 3,200 sq. ft. shingle style Victorian house selected for the project was erected in the 1890s. Home-owners Katherine and Murat Bicer tasked the expert construction team with transforming the home back to its original architectural state while also making it livable for a modern family. To revive the home's period charms, the team added custom trim, repaired oak floors and installed new ones, rehabilitated and reinstalled old windows, and completed a number of structural repairs.

To protect the home from the unpredictable and extreme Northeast climate, Slicker HP was selected as a solution combining the benefits of a water resistive barrier (WRB) and rainscreen. Its ease-of-installation and water resistance, drainage, and ventilation for exterior walls made it a perfect fit for this project.

The vertical channels of Slicker HP’s rainscreen element help to direct bulk water out of the exterior wall of the home by creating a ¼ inch space behind the siding for drainage and drying. The WRB element of Slicker HP is FlatWrap HP, a premium tri-laminate housewrap that provides optimal strength, water holdout, and vapor permeability. The product is the first combination of its kind where the rainscreen can be removed from the housewrap to allow for integral flashing integration.

“As longtime viewers of the show, Benjamin Obdyke shares This Old House’s unyielding commitment to quality and high-level service for each of our customers,” said Tara Murray, Marketing Manager at Benjamin Obdyke, Inc. “We are excited to see the contracting team – some of the most influential and well-respected in the industry – use Slicker HP to help reconstruct a home that reflects the quality of their work on a national scale.”

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About Benjamin Obdyke Incorporated
Since 1868, Benjamin Obdyke has been helping architects, builders and contractors in the United States and Canada Build Better™ by developing and adding new advances to its product line. Benjamin Obdyke develops, sources, markets and sells proprietary roof and wall products that improve the building envelope and the performance of other building materials for the new construction, repair and remodel markets. Innovations from Benjamin Obdyke, such as the first roofing ridge vent on a roll, the first wood roofing underlayment and the first rolled product to provide drainage and air flow in rainscreen wall assemblies, have helped shape today’s building practices. Headquartered in Horsham, Pa., USA, Benjamin Obdyke partners with a network of distributors, dealers, buying groups and cooperatives to reach building professionals in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit

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