Benjamin Obdyke Batten UV furring strips

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Benjamin Obdyke has redesigned its Batten UV furring strips with improved compression resistance well-suited to open-joint cladding systems. 

The new Batten UV strips are designed to maintain a 3/8-inch space even with the screw-fastening required for composite decking, which is often used to create trendy open-joint cladding systems. The compression resistance mimics that of a wood furring strip, but with the added benefits of airflow and moisture resistance.

The new Batten UV features a notched design that provides multi-directional airflow to help keep the wall cavity dry and allow drainage in rain screen applications.

As with the original Batten UV, the new product is designed to be UV-stable, so it’s ideal for use behind open-joint cladding systems where exposure is greater than that of traditional siding installations.

“As open-joint cladding continues to grow in popularity, the weatherization products behind this type of cladding system must also advance. We worked with our installers and 'decking as cladding' manufacturers to redesign a new-and-improved Batten UV with enhanced compression resistance that’s an ideal match for screw-fastened composite cladding boards,” said Tara Murray, director of marketing for Benjamin Obdyke. “We also made the strips longer per the request of our customers.”

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A closer look at Benjamin Obdyke's new Batten UV.

Batten UV can be used as part of Benjamin Obdyke’s UV-Protected Rainscreen System, which combines Invisiwrap UV housewrap, HydroFlash UV+ flashing, and Batten UV rain screen. The products work together to provide 25+ years of UV exposure behind open siding and can be left completely exposed for a full year ahead of cladding install.

Batten UV can be installed vertically (traditional) or horizontally (for use with vertical cladding). Because it is made with polypropylene, Batten UV is durable and flexible, even in cold temperatures. The new Batten UV comes in 8-foot lengths, with 400 linear feet per carton.

Batten UV carries a 15-year limited product warranty or 25-year limited system warranty.

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