DuPont™ Tyvek® and AirGuard® can help you get the most out of renovation above-rafter insulation by protecting it from moisture and uncontrolled air leakage.
Renovation above-rafter insulation is often the preferred option when renovating roofs from the outside or repairing structural damage – especially when construction conditions do not permit renovation from within. To avoid heat loss and moisture damage, it pays to install an airtight roof membrane such as DuPont™ Tyvek® or DuPont™ AirGuard® between the rafters and the above-rafter insulation. This will improve the insulation properties of the building envelope and provide proven, durable protection. Depending on the building structure and the insulation material, either a vapour-open (DuPont™ Tyvek®) or vapour-closed (DuPont™ AirGuard®) membrane should be used.
DuPont™ Tyvek® and DuPont™ AirGuard® membranes are specially designed to minimise condensation and convective heat loss. They reduce heat loss in winter and increase thermal comfort in summer – all without intruding on living space. They can also help to provide additional R-value that can be added to the building structure.
DuPont™ Tyvek® and DuPont™ AirGuard® are fit for use as an windtightness layer in above-rafter insulation systems. They can be installed from the exterior without any problems.
Our recently developed AirGuard® Smart membranes go even further. These moisture adaptive (‘variable Sd’) membranes adjust their water vapour permeability automatically as humidity levels change.
The vapour resistance of DuPont™ AirGuard® Smart lies between 0.26MNs/g and more than 150 MNs/g, (Sd value 0.05m – more than 30m). In dry building structures, DuPont™ AirGuard® Smart acts as a traditional air and vapour control layer (AVCL), providing effective condensation control and airtightness. Even in temporarily high air humidity zones, water vapour diffusion is reduced and excess moisture in the envelope can dry out, both to the inside and outside.
Tyvek® Breather Membrane Solutions
Breather membranes play a key role in protecting buildings and occupants from the elements. Investing in a quality solution like DuPont™ Tyvek® can help provide long-term building protection – and peace of mind too.
Tyvek® and AirGuard® sealing tapes and accessories are specifically designed to complement Tyvek® breather membranes and AirGuard® air and vapour control membranes. They help to seal the building envelope, offering optimal airtightness, energy efficiency, long-term performance and durability.
An AirGuard® vapour control layer can significantly reduce heat loss and increase energy efficiency. By controlling heat transfer and reflecting heat inside the building, they help keep buildings cool in summer, and warm in winter.