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The designers at JFCI Design & Remodel have speced Tyvek HomeWrap for years. But crews installed other manufacturers' metal and adhesive flashings, which had to be cut down, around doors and windows. When DuPont introduced Tyvek FlexWrap window and door flashing, JFCI readily switched.

FlexWrap--made of Tyvek, an elastic material, a polyolefin film, and an adhesive butyl sealant--is designed specifically to provide seamless protection to the vulnerable corners of a window sill. It can also be used to flash the entire window, including round-top or custom-shaped windows, and wall interruptions such as dryer vents. "You can actually flex it to go around windows--for example, with an arched window," says Jess Arroyo. But it can also be stretched around a regular right-angle window corner.

"Other products' sizes were too big and were cumbersome to use," says Arroyo. But FlexWrap is more versatile, he says. "And they make it in sizes that are appropriate for building. It definitely makes for a cozier home."

FlexWrap comes in 8- or 10-inch widths and in 75-foot lengths and has a two-piece, quick-release backing.

Remodeler: Jess Arroyo

Company: JFCI Design & Remodel, Boise, Idaho

Product: DuPont Tyvek FlexWrap, www.tyvek.com.

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