Cor-A-Vent vs. Homeslicker

by steve • June 16, 2009
(From April 2007)

It's time to see how Cor-A-Vent's Siding Vents stack up against the competition, namely Benjamin Obdyke's HomeSlicker. (Check their website - it's well done and has a lot of useful information) And since we like to do the comparison thing, let's start with a simple chart, then we'll go through the points seperately. Click the chart for a larger, printable version.

A few notes on the above numbers -
  1. The pricing numbers are based on Cor-A-Vent's suggested retail cost for our SV-3 & SV-5 Siding Vent products and the retail price we got from a stocking lumber dealer of the HomeSlicker in Massachusets. The Cor-A-Vent pricing numbers also inlcude the retail cost for the amount of furring strips that would be needed to complete our installation (scroll down for detail) on a 1,500 sq. ft. home. As you can see, HomeSlicker is twice to three times more expensive than using Cor-A-Vent Siding Vents.
  2. Our Siding Vents are made from sturdy layers of polypropylene plastic sheets (three plys for SV-3 and five plys for SV-5, hence the names) so they are power nailable and won't compress when installed. The HomeSlicker has a potential compression of 8.9% according to their website. (UPDATE 11-12-2008: Obdyke has removed their previous Specs page and no longer advertises 8.9 % compression. Instead they list different compression rates for different PSF ratings and leave it to you do your own math.) So that's a potential loss of almost 8.9% of drainage and ventilation space for a product that is already two to three times thinner than our Siding Vents.
  3. The best part about SV-3 and SV-5 is the addition of the Enhanced Insect barrier. Now you don't have to provide extra metal or mesh screening to keep bugs out, something HomeSlicker requires but does not provide with their product. They don't go out of their way to mention that on their website, but it's clearly marked on a package of HomeSlicker, which already retails for the salty sum of $81.41 for a 150-square ft. roll (check local listings)