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Air and Vapor Barriers

Energy efficiency is more important than ever. 30% of energy waste is caused by loss through the building envelope, and air tightness codes around the world are demanding a fix. We’re here to help with solutions that protect better, last longer and install easier so you can meet the standards that lead to energy savings. 3M membranes and tapes use their acrylic adhesive technology to perform in the toughest conditions on the tightest deadlines – giving you faster installation with less labor and better results.

Why 3M?

3M Air and Vapor Barriers are essential for creating a durable and energy-efficient building envelope. These innovative barriers are designed to effectively control air and moisture infiltration, ensuring a comfortable indoor environment and helping to reduce energy costs. With their superior resistance to air and moisture leakage, 3M barriers contribute to the longevity and structural integrity of buildings. They are easy to install and come in a variety of options to suit different construction needs, making them a versatile choice for both new constructions and renovations. Choose 3M Air and Vapor Barriers to protect your investment, enhance building performance, and promote a healthier indoor climate


3M Air and Vapor Barrier – 3015NP

Non-Permeable Membrane
About 3M 3015NP

Engineered to help control indoor climate by reducing air leakage and uncontrolled airflow through the building envelope and preventing moisture ingress.

- High-tack acrylic adhesive enables installation in most
weather conditions
- Increased opacity - provides a clean look and visibility
of screw heads to minimize missing the stud

Key Features:
  • Self-Adhered, Vapor-Permeable Film: Blocks air, moisture, water, and vapor effectively.

  • Robust Acrylic Adhesive: High-tack, creates a secure bond and self-seals around fasteners to reduce moisture penetration.

  • Compliance with ASTM D1970: Ensures durability before and after thermal cycling.

  • Adhesive Compatibility:

  • Works with Multiple Sealants: Including synthetic rubber, butyl, polyurethane, silicone, and silane-terminated hybrid sealants.

  • Bonds to Various Materials: Effective on concrete, anodized aluminum, galvanized metal, plywood, extruded polystyrene, and exterior gypsum sheathing.

  • Installation and Use:

  • Primer-Free Application: Comes in lightweight rolls for up to 40% faster installation compared to traditional primed air barriers.

  • Slightly Translucent Film: Improves visibility, aiding in accurate screw placement and reducing construction errors.

  • Temperature Ranges: Applicable in surface temperatures from 0°F (-18°C) to 150°F (66°C), with a service temperature range from -40°F (-40°C) to 240°F (116°C).

  • UV Resistance: Can withstand up to 12 months of direct UV exposure.

  • Certifications:

  • Certified by the Air Barrier Association of America.

  • These features make the 3M™ Air and Vapor Barrier 3015NP an ideal choice for ensuring the integrity of building envelopes in a variety of climates and conditions.

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3M Air and Vapor Barrier – 3015VP

About 3M 3015VP

- Engineered to provide exacting control over moisture,
air and vapor
- Reverse-wound rolls allow for faster installation

Key Features:
  • Self-Adhering, Vapor-Permeable Membrane: Offers excellent protection against wind, water, and vapor.

  • Strong Acrylic Adhesive and Breathable Film: Ensures a tight bond without the need for a primer on most construction surfaces.

  • Reverse-Wound Roll: Facilitates longer roll lengths, boosting contractor productivity.

  • Primer Requirements:

  • No Primer Needed: Designed to eliminate the need for high VOC solvent-based primers, simplifying the installation process.

  • Tough and Flexible: Seals effectively around nails, is easy to conform and difficult to tear, enhancing its durability and reliability.

  • Installation and Performance:

  • Quick and Easy Installation: Speeds up project timelines by allowing for faster application, directly impacting scheduling positively.

  • Wide Temperature Range for Application: Can be applied in temperatures ranging from 0°F (-18°C) to 150°F (66°C), with a serviceable range from -40°F (-40°C) to 240°F (116°C).

  • Self-Sealing Membrane: Automatically seals around penetrations like nails and staples, significantly reducing moisture intrusion.

  • Air Quality and Moisture Control:

  • Advanced Barrier Technology: Developed using comprehensive building science, it effectively controls moisture, air, and vapor transmission.

  • Improves Indoor Air Quality: Prevents air leakage and guards against moisture ingress, maintaining a healthier indoor environment.

  • Cost Efficiency and Usability:

  • UV Resistance: Offers up to 12 months of resistance to UV degradation, enhancing longevity.

  • Labor and Time Saving: The simple, one-step application process does not require priming, reducing labor costs and installation time.

  • Lightweight and High Performance: A standard 30-inch roll weighs only 26 pounds, yet outperforms thicker competitive products.

Permable Membrane

Designed to prevent water penetration while allowing your building to breathe.

3M Flashing Accessories 

Why Flashing Tapes?

Designed for multidirectional applications in commercial buildings, enabling fast and easy

detailing of windows, doors and penetrations.

3M Air & Vapor Through WallFlashing Tape 3015TWF?
  • Exceptional puncture and abrasion resistance

  • Specially designed for use as a through wall flashing and damp proof course

Key Features:
  • Puncture and Abrasion Resistance: Offers outstanding durability against physical damage.

  • Adhesive Quality: Provides excellent adhesion to a wide range of construction surfaces without needing a primer.

  • Temperature Flexibility: Can be applied in temperatures ranging from 0°F (-18°C) to 150°F (66°C), with a service temperature range of -40°F to 240°F (-40°C to 116°C).

  • Moisture Management: Adheres to damp surfaces not saturated with water, such as metals, glass, and plastics.

  • UV Resistance: Capable of resisting UV exposure for up to 12 months.

  • Installation Advantages:

  • Ease of Application: Does not require a primer for most substrates, simplifying the installation process.

  • Extended Construction Season: Suitable for cold and moderate climates, potentially reducing weather-related delays.

  • Recommended Applications:

  • Versatile Placement: Ideal for new and remedial commercial and residential applications; can be installed on exterior wall sheathing and behind exterior cladding.

  • Transition Solutions: Useful for transitioning the building envelope from one substrate to another and sealing around openings and penetrations.

  • Compatibility and Efficiency:

  • Compatible Materials: Works effectively with gypsum, plywood, OSB, cement board, concrete, CMU, mortar joints, and various sealants.

  • Worker Productivity: Lightweight compared to competitors, reducing worker fatigue during installation.

  • LEED Credits: Meets criteria that may contribute to LEED credits.

About 3M Ultra ConformableTape 3015UC
  • Narrower rolls available for detailing doors and windows

  • Thin film design prevents tape buildup in the corners

Key Features:
  • Highly Flexible: Stretches in both horizontal and vertical directions to conform seamlessly around corners.

  • Suitable for Various Wall Systems: Compatible with both permeable and non-permeable wall types.

  • Tough Durability: Engineered for demanding applications where robustness is key.

  • Installation Benefits:

  • No Primer Required: Simplifies the installation process by eliminating the need for a primer.

  • Ease of Use: Exceptional flexibility makes it easy to apply even in complex areas.

  • Usage:

  • Versatile Application: Ideal for creating watertight seals around windows, doors, and other penetrations.

  • Effective Performance: Provides reliable protection against water and air infiltration.

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