Creating Imus Seal Butyl Joist Tape, the ultimate deck flashing tape.
It is becoming increasingly common for contractors and DIYers to use a peel-and-stick flashing membrane to protect the top of joists and beams along with the ledger, posts, and stair stringers when framing a deck. Flashing tape products help extend the life of the deck structure by diverting water and sealing areas where decking fasteners are installed, helping keep the wood dry and decreasing the risk of water damage and rot.
In a Professional Deck Builder article, Scott Gibson wrote, "The ideal flashing should not only resist corrosion, but also hold up in sunlight, install easily, and cost a reasonable amount".1 When developing our joist tape product, we challenged ourselves to create the ultimate deck flashing tape.
Butyl rubber has many advantages over other adhesives like rubberized asphalt (bitumen), including longer-lasting stickiness, less staining, less high-temperature oozing, and a wider temperature range.2 Butyl also lacks the harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in other products.
Tear Resistance and Thickness
Thin, easy to tear flashing tapes have questionable long-term durability. Thick and heavy flashing tapes are often difficult to form.
A joist tape should be easy to install on common sizes of framing boards with little overlap or trimming need.
It should not cost a fortune to protect your deck structure.
The product we came up with, Imus Seal Butyl Joist Tape, has a high-performance butyl adhesive, the ideal thickness for strength and durability, and is available in several sizes. The comparison table below shows why Imus Seal Butyl Joist Tape stands out among deck flashing tapes.
|Imus Seal Butyl Joist Tape||Trex Protect||Nichigo G-Tape 3040BK||DeckWise WiseWrap JoistTape & LedgerTape||Cofair Products Deck Flash Barrier||Grace Vycor Deck Protector|
|Thickness||20 mil||20 mil||8.7 mil||35-40 mil||25 mil|
|Size||1-5/8” x 50’
4” x 50’
6” x 50’
|1-5/8” x 50’
3-1/8” x 50’
|2” x 65’
4” x 65’
6” x 65’
|3" x 75'
12” x 25’
|3" x 75'
12” x 25’
|4" x 75'
6" x 75'