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Service Update: Vapour Barrier Tape Transition Notice

Blue Vapour Barrier Tape:

Beginning soon, Great Northern Insulation will be transitioning from the use of red “Tuck Tape Sheathing Tape for PE Vapour Barrier” to blue Tuck Tape of the same brand. Although commonly used as an acceptable product in sealing joints on vapour barriers and external sheathing, red Tuck Tape was never tested by the Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) specifically for this purpose.Recently, Cantech (the manufacturer of Tuck Tape Sheathing Tape) has begun to offer a CCMC-approved vapour barrier tape, commonly referred to as “Blue Tuck Tape.” This new product is slightly thicker than the existing red Tuck Tape. Furthermore, in an evaluation report revised in April of 2016, it was found to be better formulated as a product acceptable for use in sealing joints on 6mm

Recently, Cantech (the manufacturer of Tuck Tape Sheathing Tape) has begun to offer a CCMC-approved vapour barrier tape, commonly referred to as “Blue Tuck Tape.” This new product is slightly thicker than the existing red Tuck Tape. Furthermore, in an evaluation report revised in April of 2016, it was found to be better formulated as a product acceptable for use in sealing joints on 6mm polyethylene vapour barrier products.

In a desire to continue offering our customers only the best possible product offerings, and to continue utilizing products approved by the CCMC, Great Northern Insulation will be transitioning from red Tuck Tape to blue Tuck Tape in the near future.

For more information on this new product, see CCMC Report #1408-R.

To view Great Northern Insulation’s official notice of this change, click the image below:

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