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BuildBlock ICFs Releases BuildShield Termite Protection
Oklahoma City, OK – BuildBlock Building Systems is introducing BuildShield, a revolutionary solution for termite protection in an ICF wall. BuildShield combines an extruded vinyl membrane with an adhesive stainless steel material to form an impenetrable barrier to termites. When integrated into an ICF wall BuildShield solves a challenge to ICFs in termite prone areas. This product will be available in early January 2016.
BuildShield combines an extruded PVC plastic track with an adhesive stainless steel material applied together between an above grade course when constructing an ICF wall. The track encloses the block interlock on one side and extends into the concrete core. The other edge of the track extends outward to the edge of the wall finish. The track is scored to allow easy trimming depending on finish options.
“Neither EPS foam, concrete, nor polypropylene webs are a food source for termites, but that doesn’t prevent them from tunneling unseen inside the foam.” Says Dennis Micoff, BuildBlock Technical Director. “There are really only a couple of options for preventing termites: treating EPS with chemicals or installing a very expensive mesh. We developed a product that uses no harmful chemicals and prevents termites from moving upward or hidden in the EPS foam.”
The BuildShield extrusion combined with the stainless steel creates an impenetrable barrier to termites. By extending BuildShield from inside the concrete core outward to the outside of the wall finish termites are forced to create mud tubes around this barrier which will be visible to the home owner during an inspection. This solution is quick to install, cost-effective, and solves one of the greatest challenges to ICFs in termite prone areas without the use of dangerous chemicals.
BuildShield Termite Protection Gallery
BuildBlock® Building Systems is the manufacturer of BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) the most environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient and disaster resistant method of residential and commercial construction. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, BuildBlock serves North America through 14 manufacturing facilities in North America including locations in Mexico and Canada.
Insulating concrete forms (ICFs) are hollow foam blocks which are stacked into the shape of the exterior walls of a building, reinforced with steel rebar, and then filled with concrete. Insulated concrete forms combine one of the finest insulating materials, Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), with one of the strongest structural building materials, steel reinforced concrete. The result is a wall system of unmatched comfort, energy efficiency, strength, and noise reduction.
More information about BuildBlock® Insulating Concrete Forms can be found online at buildblock.com or by calling 866-222-2575.