Natural disaster, Hurricane Sandy, was no match for WRAPSHIELD SA® SELF-ADHERED.
In mid-October 2012, before any cladding had been applied to this $16.5 million dollar project, super storm Sandy hit Long Island. Approximately 50,000 sq. ft. of WRAPSHIELD SA® SELF-ADHERED enveloped the three-story, 20,000 sq. ft. addition to Long Beach High School.
Installed over a lateral force-resisting system that included only concrete walls, precast concrete planks and masonry shear walls, WRAPSHIELD SA® SELF-ADHERED served as Long Beach High School's only protection during the hurricane. Enduring days of reported wind gusts over 70 mph and consistent, torrential rainfall the water resistive, vapor permeable, air barrier membrane remained entirely intact.
WRAPSHIELD SA® SELF-ADHERED weathered the storm and showed zero indication of leakage or water damage. Twelve months after Sandy in October 2013, the addition, which has been occupied by students and staff since early 2012, was still without cladding and protected only by WRAPSHIELD SA® SELF-ADHERED. The structure was safe enough for inhabitance and still showed no signs of leaks within the building envelope.