flexiblefullpage - default
Currently Reading

Philadelphia-Area Custom Homebuilder Chooses TYPAR for Durability, Performance

billboard - default
Sponsored Content Housewrap

Philadelphia-Area Custom Homebuilder Chooses TYPAR for Durability, Performance

When the team at DeLuca Construction needed a high-performance house wrap for a 7,500-sqaure-foot home in Philadelphia’s upscale Chestnut Hill neighborhood, they turned to the TYPAR Weather Protection System.

December 9, 2021
Chestnut Hill with TYPAR

As builders of high-end custom homes in the greater Philadelphia area for more than 50 years, the team at DeLuca Construction knows a thing or two about choosing quality products that will meet their customers’ expectations for years to come. That’s why the team chose the TYPAR Weather Protection System for a recent build in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood.

It’s no secret there are a growing number of challenges putting pressure on homebuilders today, including labor shortages and supply chain issues that can often stretch a project’s timeline. The team at DeLuca Construction discovered that the performance of TYPAR building wrap, flashings and tapes can help them weather the storm. Particularly when these challenges result in the building wrap being exposed to the elements for longer than usual, the fact that TYPAR Building Wrap can be exposed to UV light for up to six months without any degradation to its performance was a major factor in the team’s decision to roll with TYPAR.

Chestnut Hill Up Close with TYPAR


“TYPAR is the best in the industry for these current market dynamics,” said James DeLuca, vice president of purchasing and estimating for DeLuca Construction. “There are just some things that are out of our hands more than normal. If you go with something like ZIP or Tyvek, they’re good, but they’re going to weather much faster.”

The four-story, 7,500-square-foot home has lots of exposure to wind, so the team needed a rugged, durable building wrap that wouldn't tear easily. The team also needed to be confident in the building wrap’s performance in terms of air holdout and permeability, which can significantly affect the quality of the indoor environment. To explore the Glengarry Home Model designed by PROGETI and built by DeLuca Construction, go to 714glengarry.com.

Chestnut Hill House Rendering


When weighing the performance of the TYPAR Weather Protection System against that of an all-in-one sheathing system, James DeLuca said it was TYPAR permeability that sealed the deal. Because the home will feature brick and fiber cement siding—both of which are considered “reservoir” cladding because they can hold water—a building wrap with superior moisture management properties was required. A “sweet spot” of 10-20 perms is ideal for achieving the desired balance of moisture protection and breathability, according to building scientist Joseph Lstiburek. TYPAR Building Wrap fits squarely into that range with a perm rating of 11.7, meaning water is prevented from entering the wall cavity but moisture vapor is still allowed to escape.

In addition to its durability and performance, the DeLuca Construction team was impressed with the overall quality of TYPAR family of weather protection products. Having served the high-end, custom home market for so many years, the DeLuca family understands that when your own brand and reputation is on the line you need a product you and your customer can trust.

“We want our homes to look good whether they’re in wrap or finished,” added James DeLuca. “When you have clients who are buying homes in the $3 million to $5 million range, they don’t want to see an ugly wrap. It doesn’t matter what stage the build is in, they want to know that it’s high-end.”

The TYPAR Weather Protection System is comprised of TYPAR building wraps, flashing and tapes engineered to assure the greatest protection against nature's harshest elements while protecting the building envelope from the damaging impacts of moisture penetration and air intrusion. For this home, DeLuca Construction installed TYPAR Building Wrap, 75-yard construction tape, all-temperature 4-inch flexible flashing and 9 in. x 75 ft. flexible flashing for window sill.

Collectively, the system acts as a barrier for wind-driven rain, bulk water and air that may penetrate exterior cladding. Using the full, properly installed system provides builders with the only lifetime limited warranty of its kind.

leaderboard2 - default
Written By
Technical Manager

Bijan Mansouri is the technical manager at TYPAR Construction Products. He has been with Berry Plastics for more than 25 years working in different technical capacities. He is responsible for building code requirements, design and development of new construction products, training builders and architects on application of new and existing products and creating and education on the proper practice and installation of building envelope. He can be reached at bijanmansouri@berryglobal.com.

boombox1 -
native1 - default
halfpage2 -

More in Category

Delaware-based Schell Brothers, our 2023 Builder of the Year, brings a refreshing approach to delivering homes and measuring success with an overriding mission of happiness

NAHB Chairman's Message: In a challenging business environment for home builders, and with higher housing costs for families, the National Association of Home Builders is working to help home builders better meet the nation's housing needs

Sure there are challenges, but overall, Pro Builder's annual Housing Forecast Survey finds home builders are optimistic about the coming year

native2 - default
halfpage1 -

Create an account

By creating an account, you agree to Pro Builder's terms of service and privacy policy.

Daily Feed Newsletter

Get Pro Builder in your inbox

Each day, Pro Builder's editors assemble the latest breaking industry news, hottest trends, and most relevant research, delivered to your inbox.

Save the stories you care about

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.

The bookmark icon allows you to save any story to your account to read it later
Tap it once to save, and tap it again to unsave

It looks like you’re using an ad-blocker!

Pro Builder is an advertisting supported site and we noticed you have ad-blocking enabled in your browser. There are two ways you can keep reading:

Disable your ad-blocker
Disable now
Subscribe to Pro Builder
Already a member? Sign in
Become a Member

Subscribe to Pro Builder for unlimited access

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.