Country Music

Damn, I love country music…I mean REAL country music.  I hope no one is offended by the term “Real”. For me, country was and is Hank Williams SR, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens – I could go on and on.  Looking back, I wonder how I developed a love for this type of music.  See, when I was a kid, I was known to push the “rebellion envelope” a time or two. Hey, anarchy is a part of everyone’s DNA. Like lots of kids I raised my fist to the power chords of Rock ‘N Roll. Cranking up Zeppelin, Springsteen, Bowie, and Black Sabbath (I could go on and on) gave me the suburban civil disobedience I was needing, and there was nothing anyone could do except yell, “TURN THAT DOWN.”  So, I bought the records, listened to all kinds of “defiant” music in my attempt to take down the man. But why?

Well, my Dad listened to country. All my friend’s Dad’s listened to country music. And growing up in a small southern town almost everyone listened to country on WLIK – AM.  Now don’t get me wrong; I love my Dad.  I am who I am because of him and will never be able to thank him enough for that. But Dad never bought into a different style of music…no matter how loud I played it; it just didn’t work.

Being the only boy in the family, I spent a lot of time with my ol man.  He was in the natural gas business and he spent many a Saturday travelling from project to project with me in tow.  That meant I was sequestered to listen to his music ALL DAY LONG, on my Saturday! Saturday was the only day I had to put all the pressures of grammar school behind me. I’m not sure how I made it but looking back I think my Dad’s music helped pave the way.

I had no choice, so I listened to the words very closely. As a kid, the lyrics held tremendous possibilities for me. I hadn’t had a beer yet, but it sounded like something I should look forward to (I was right).  I didn’t have a pickup, but I began to want one badly. I really had no desire to go to prison but who knows what’s around the corner…right?  I wanted an old faded pair of Levi’s, flannel shirt, and a belt buckle the size of a hubcap, but none of those were on my immediate horizon.  It took me a while, but I finally figured out what a “honkey tonk angel” was and what caused “broken wings” and “broken halos.”  I eventually discovered heart ache and tears, coming to the conclusion that they were inevitable but definitely not all they were cracked up to be. But I survived it just like all my Country and Western hero’s I mentioned earlier.

For me, country music is honest and authentic – it’s real. And so is Polyguard Products.  This place is heartfelt, unpretentious, special people that stand for something, caring about each other as if they were family. I honestly feel like we’re a Family, a very close one. I really embrace being part of the Polyguard culture, being a part of the Polyguard circle.  Developing products that impact the lives of people and their livelihoods. Constantly working to make products better and more efficient. All of this kinda sounds like it should be a country song, maybe to the tune of Waylon’s “Luckenbach Texas”

The only two things in life that make it worth livin’

Is Polyguard products and keeping buildings from leaking

I don’t want any of those nasty termite bites

I got my Polyguard wrapping me up tight tonight

Maybe it’s time we got back to basics of TERM

Let’s go to Corsicana Texas

and visit the Polyguard boys (and girls)

This successful life we’re living

Has us kicking it hard for 26 continuous years of growth.

 

Well I think you get the idea 😉

Bo Young

Launch of the Swarmers

Films revolving around murderous, marauding and mutated insects – and arachnids – have been causing moviegoers to cringe, itch, and scream for decades. From the 1954 cult classic “Them” where giant irradiated ants rampage over New Mexico, to the sci-fi hit the “Fly” insects have been depicted as the creepy crawlers, that devour cities or at least burrow into your skin, and nest in your ear. 1978 saw the release of “The Swarm” – Monsters by the millions. This B Movie about killer Bees bombed but the idea of millions of swarming insects taking to the skies and descending on your defenseless home can still give you a case of the itches.

Ok, the National Guard isn’t going to be called out to take on this invading force, but termites do swarm every year like clockwork. This phenomenon happens when a termite colony becomes “mature” (which takes anywhere from 3-7 years) and large enough to branch out to create new colonies. During the spring the weather conditions are perfect for the termites to take flight, but in some parts of the US, this swarming can happen anytime of the year. Swarms are comprised entirely of kings and queens ready to mate for life and build their new home – sort of an insect love story. When conditions are right, a day following a rain shower when the weather is overcast and winds are under six mph., the swarmers will emerge from their mud tubes and launch into the air and pair off. These swarms can be so big that they can be seen on satellite radar. Swarmers are larger than the soft-bodied subterranean termites and have wings that will drop when they begin to bury themselves back underground as they look for a suitable place to start a home.

The female, or queen, will pick their new location next to a food source and wet-ground environment. Once settled in this “Mother of All Termites” will start to make babies, laying up to 30,000 eggs a day. But she does not create structural damage; she doesn’t feed on wood or other cellulose material like the workers do. Workers are the small, white, and blind termites that create all the damage and continue foraging for more food sources even when they have food.

It’s not all baby making and feasting, only a small amount of the swam survives the airborne assault to produce colonies. Sometimes the alates (winged termites) land on surfaces like roads, building roofs, or parking lots that are too hot. In the open swarms are tasty treats for birds, lizards, and other small animals.

Termite swarmers range in color from yellow to black depending on the species. Like many other flying insects, termites are attracted to light and are often seen swarming around street lights or window sills. Seeing them is a pretty good sign that a colony is living nearby. If you see a swarm close to your home, you should call a professional. If you can find their wings or a handful of swarmers near the windows or in corners, try to leave them for the pest management professional to be able to see as they can identify species.

Don’t be alarmed like the horror movies show: you can prevent this from happening or happening again if you have flying termites present in your home. Using TERM® Barriers, you can build out the termite entry points during construction where the particles, sealant, screens, or membrane can be applied. These solutions are non-chemical, environmentally-friendly, easy to install and protect your building from water intrusion, which is an attractive environment for the termites. We can give this horror a happier ending.

Holly Beard, M.S. Entomology, 1LT USAR, CSI, WWYW

Empty Nesters…now what?

“Empty Nesters”

  05 13 2019

We will soon be empty nesters. My husband and I just graduated our oldest daughter from college and our youngest will soon be attending the same college, 5 hours away. So, this fall we will be considered empty nesters. It was bound to happen; we raised our girls to be able to live on their own (hopefully they won’t want to come back home to live…as we want our privacy finally, is that rude?). Our oldest is a nurse and accepted a job in Dallas, too far to live at home for the commute every day from the suburbs. So, we did our job as parents, preparing them for the real world, “adulting” as we are more commonly hearing. Our neighbors may not know that we are empty nesters, aside from the fact that there are two fewer cars parked in our driveway. That is the only way of possibly knowing how many people are residing in a home.

So how do we know when termites, ants, and mice are living in our homes? Afterall, they don’t drive cars; they just move in without asking. Now that is rude.

I have been working in the building industry for 23 years and have come to realize some important facts:

  1. Water will find a way in
  2. Fully adhered building membranes are better than loose laid
  3. All concrete cracks
  4. Almost all building membranes need to be protected from UV rays
  5. There can never be enough eyes on the project
  6. When inspecting a job, take photos of the process and follow up with an email (proof of what you said on the job site)
  7. Water will find a way in

Why repeat 1 & 7? Because it is so true! It needs repeating. No matter what product you are putting onto/into or under the building project, you need to ensure water will not find its way into the structure.

Just about any place water can get in, termites can get in as well.  This is due to their tiny size (1/50” width) and their ability to chew through building materials such as framing, wall boards, insulation with paper backing, furniture, moldings, and carpet backing.

Many gaps large enough for termites will also allow entry by other pests as well. Mice, ants, and termites (along with spiders, roaches and other pesky crawlers) are also needed a good home to reside in.  Don’t allow this to happen simply by overlooking a few key components that you did not add for perimeter exclusion. Products are available for beefing up the below grade waterproofing membranes and air-barrier solutions to the building envelope.  For a small up-front investment, you can design and build your next project to be virtually pest and pesticide free. These membranes are made and tested for termite exclusion (which means all-pest exclusion, since a termite is the smallest and most invasive insect out there!).

Spring is when we are reminded of all the pesky swarming insects that are breeding and finding new places to populate. Make your next project part of the next generation of sustainability, and yes, go ahead and be rude to the pests that want to enter your building or home without permission, no entry allowed.  Unless of course, you have them pay rent.                        Jill Heidorf, CSI, IIBEC, WWYW

“Are We There Yet?”

“Are we there yet?” Sounds like a familiar question. We have asked it ourselves when we were kids traveling with our parents in the back of the station wagon, and we have heard it from our kids as we are lugging them through the airport to the ever-important family get-together. It’s the time old question of wanting to be there (wherever that end-place may be) and passing time as you are slightly annoyed that you are not where you would like to be.

But now I am a working adult and my kids are grown and drive themselves places. I work in the Building Envelope Industry and, yes, that encompasses a lot of territory on a building. I attend and present at lots of different trade shows. My most recent show was a Roofing Consultants Inc. (IIBEC as of April) Convention in Orlando. There are many good speakers and great discussions about the Building Envelope and where problems may arise with water getting in, air leakage, and proper material selections. So each time I leave one of the these shows, getting the opportunity to talk non-stop for several days about new products, existing products and the “must see” products, I can’t help but think, “Are we there yet in terms of great building envelope solutions to keep us dry, safe and breathing good quality interior air?”

That is quite a question and will make even the most experienced building envelope person stop and think. The best answer may be that we have so many choices to provide excellent protection from the outdoor elements and allow us to be comfortable and breath easy indoors, that we need to know how, why and when to select the products that will make up our wall, flooring and roofing choices or the six sides of the building.

Building Envelope Designers are well educated on the products to use, but most don’t think about keeping pests out (including termites). That typically is an “after-market” thought or sale. You would call the exterminator if you see bugs, or termites. The exterminator knows what pesticide to use to keep out those pesky creatures. But what if you didn’t have to use chemicals in your structure? Choosing materials that keep out water and air can also include a barrier for termites and pests. Physical Barriers are a new thought process for most Building Envelope Consultants. Adding these Physical Barriers does not mean you have to add MORE to the envelope, simply by choosing products that are DUAL purpose can provide the protection you need for AIR/WATER/PESTS. These products are primarily membranes that are fully adhered and applied to the building envelope in new construction, therefore making them permanent and maintenance-free. There are about six other new materials and new details which cover small areas of known vulnerability for pest entry, but most of these new areas are pretty small.

Welcome to the new age of building products. Makes me really think about wanting a new house built the right way. Are we there yet? Yes, and in a big way.

Jill Heidorf, CSI, IIBEC, WWYW

My First Blog Post

Submitted by: Bo Young, Commercial Development Manager – Barrier Systems Division

Have you ever written a BLOG?

Well, I haven’t…this is my first attempt at blogging so hang with me. I’ll admit it’s a lot harder than is sounds. In fact, I had a case of “BLOGGERS BLOCK.” So, I turned to an expert. “Alexa, how do I write A BLOG?” Unfortunately, she wasn’t a lot of help. Why wasn’t this making any sense? Then it dawned on me why I had #BLOGBLOCK. I’m a Baby Boomer.

We didn’t grow up with blogs, or Smart Phones…and don’t get me started on those meme things. We had a phone in the kitchen, with a tangled ball of CORD that unwound itself long enough to stretch into the den for some privacy. It was a great feature when you were talking to someone that had “Friended” you at school. But the whole house could hear every word, and they listened. That was the topic of several therapy sessions.

Don’t get me wrong, progress is great. I acknowledge that as I sit in my jammies with my laptop Googling blogging – instead of getting in the car, popping in my favorite 8-track and driving to the big brick building with the words LIBRARY on the front.

I diligently continued my internet research until I found enough information to help me get started. One writing tip was to NOT let your blog “get fat.” Apparently, fat becomes the enemy of writing: Don’t aim to entertain by calling attention to itself. This theory should be relevant to Architects and Builders reading this; you don’t look at a beautiful building and just admire its nice roof, you look at it and admire all the little things that go into the entirety of the structure.

It’s a shame that some people don’t pay attention to the details. At TERM we appreciate that the Devil’s in the details. That’s because we understand what our details accomplish and the impact we have been having on buildings way before video chats, and Twitter. For over 60 years we’ve been manufacturing products that allow beautiful structures to remain beautiful.

Think for a minute what might happen if your structure could not depend on the important construction details Polyguard provides…like air & moisture barriers, TERM underlayments & foundation barriers, below grade waterproofing, window and door flashing. We know that before Unlimited Data Plans there was Polyguard, in all its deserved glory, manufacturing products that have established the groundwork for beautiful homes and buildings everywhere. I really don’t consider that fat; I consider that something to be extremely proud to be a part of…I know I am.

Whew…first blog box checked ?

First blog box checked!

Air & Vapor Barrier Membranes that are 3-in-1

Submitted by Jill Heidorf   RCI, CSI, WWYWJill Heidorf 

We live in a world of “More is Better.”

When did simple products like paint, toothpaste, detergent, or deodorant, start to have multi uses? Think about it, practically everything on the shelf now has a dual, triple or even higher purpose for our convenience.  But you have to admit, you feel better when you buy a gallon of paint for the living room, and you don’t need to prime the walls first to cover the old color. And what about a detergent that fights stains, odors and safely whitens clothing, all in a squishy little pod. Wow, we have it good.

This innovation trend hasn’t escaped the Building Materials Industry. I’ve been in the business all my life, and I have marveled at how it has evolved. I remember when fluid-applied air barriers first hit the market. Before you knew it, the market became saturated with fluid membranes that were thin or thick mil, breathable or non-breathable, commercial or residential. It was confusing and a red-ocean market for anyone trying to sell an air barrier.

Well, my friend, Air Barriers are here to stay. They are the answer to the age-old problem of “How do I keep the outside air out and the inside air in?” Most products on the market are tested to ASTM standards for air and water leakage and puncture resistance. That makes sense, after all, they need to stay adhered and provide the function they are labeled for, “Air & Vapor Barrier.” But Mr. Air Barrier Maker what have you done for me lately? I mean, it is a great product, offering protection from outside air and vapor, but can’t it evolve into something greater? Where is my “multi-use” air barrier? Something that can keep all of it out; air, moisture, pests, nasty things that crawl and chew. If we can keep out all these things out, that would be a product that could revolutionize the industry.

Customers don’t just want waterproofing protection anymore; they want a product that can provide the added benefits of pest exclusion. Why should they accept that spiders, cockroaches, ants, mice, termites, (shall I continue?) be able to find ways into their structure if they have a decent Air & Vapor Barrier installed?

Air Barriers providing 3-in-1 benefits are going to be the next product innovation, and guess what? That product is already here. Customers are pretty educated; they are going to start asking if the Air & Vapor Barrier that their contractor specified has been tested to keep out pesky critters that can chew, bite or simply crawl their way inside.

More is better. It’s time to evolve my friend.

New Employee-Owner Announcement

Polyguard would like to welcome Craig Bo Young, TERM Commercial Development Manager, Atlanta, GA. Bo was Craig Bo Young - New Hire 8-27-18hired into the TERM Division as their Commercial Development Manager on August 27, 2018. His recent experience of more than 30 years with Modernfold, Pergo and Armstrong make him an excellent candidate for this position. He currently lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife. His plans for Polyguard’s future are to “grow sales volume”. Welcome Bo.

Particle Barriers for Blocking Subterranean Termites

Let’s face it, no one wants to hear the word ‘termite’.  It will make us want to either not listen to what the person is saying, or tense up with our eyes widened and want to hear more. Termites are the most invasive of all pests, causing more property damage than most other pests combined. If you have ever been a victim of termite damage or have known someone that has been a victim, typically you know the only way to control these wood-eaters is by calling a Pest Control Professional (PCP).

Once the PCP is at your home, they can offer you a few choices: Termiticides sprayed around your foundation and mixed in with your soil, or Bait Stations that have some termiticide in them and once the soldier termites find the bait stations, carry the termiticide back to the queen to hopefully end the colony.

These choices had really been your only two best answers. Termiticides work, and there are some very good ones on the market, but they are pesticides. I know you are asking me, well, what are my other choices, if any?

Glad you asked.  If there was a product without any pesticides and was proven by years of University research, a product that was a physical barrier, and was safe around kids, dogs, and chemically sensitive adults, would you be interested in knowing more about it? Would you say, “That would be a product that I could use at my home or commercial property?”

Particle Barrier maybe your answer.  What is that, you ask? Particle Barriers are a physical barrier that have had many years of solid research and gratifying proven results to stopping subterranean termites of gaining access into homes.  Particle Barriers of similar types have been used in Hawaii and Australia for over 40 years. They have been proven to work. But shipping basaltic ash from Hawaii just isn’t worth the cost for anyone to want to pay, and don’t even think about shipping costs from Australia! Crikey!

Particle Barrier can be found for sale here on the good ole mainland. It is a precisely sized, weighted, and crushed stone particle, exclusively for the barrier of below-grade termites. Particle Barrier can be used on existing structures or new ones.  The only requirement? Yes, there had to be a requirement! To be effective, Particle Barrier needs to be placed around vertical concrete.  So, let’s break that down:

Vertical Concrete:       slab-on-grade foundation, concrete piers, concrete grade beams

                                                (cannot be used for wood piers)

The Particle Barrier Wedge or Trench

The Particle Barrier Wedge or Trench

The Particle Barrier is typically installed (poured) into a 4” x 4” trench that is dug around all vertical concrete.  You want to protect your structure! Concrete Slab homes have a vulnerable area at every weep hole at the bases of brick homes, and any wood siding homes. You can also choose to install in a “wedge” shaped trench, 6” down on the concrete, 4” out and 5” diagonally.  This will provide the same protection.

How do these particles work with no pesticide? This is the cool part. (Cool because it has a terrific track record!) The Particles are too heavy for the termite to move, too hard to chew or bite, and they compact so tightly they cannot crawl between.  This provides a physical barrier to your property that does not degrade, allows the passage of water, and looks nice against the structure.

Particle Barriers are precisely sized stone particles

Particle Barriers are precisely sized stone particles

So, what is the downside? Or are you asking the negatives? I want to provide you with all the information that you may be thinking, so let’s add some maintenance items:

Particle Barrier should be installed by a licensed PCP. This allows protection for you and a warranty to be provided.

Annual inspection is necessary by the PCP.  Each PCP varies with their warranties and may require additional inspections.

Particle Barrier should not be covered, and needs to remain visible.

Particle Barrier may need additional “topping off” if any is disturbed by animals, landscapers, heavy rains.

If you decide that Particles are the way to go for your structure, or you would like to use them, say just in your backyard, due to pets and/or children, then we have pesticide-free solutions.  Particles can always be used in conjunction with Pesticides when needed (think crawl spaces, patios, driveways). And this is considered a limited impact treatment.  The less pesticides you use in your structure, the better off you will be breathing in the future. That brings us all some comfort.

Here’s hoping you have a termite-free home and never need us, but for most folks living in the Midwest, South and near the coastline, the chances are pretty high that these buggers are waiting for a new structure to feast upon.

Jill Heidorf RCI, CSI, WWYW
Sales Manager TERM Barrier Systems Division
jheidorf@polyguard.com
Phone: 469-500-8402
www.PolyguardBarriers.com

Controlling Cockroaches

Controlling Cockroaches

Author, Cassie Krejci, Ph. D.

Author, Cassie Krejci, Ph.D.

When you ask someone which insect they are most afraid of, I would guess most people will say, “cockroaches”. Spiders may be a close second, but then again, spiders are not insects.

Did you know that the fear of insects is referred to as entomophobia?

I seem to have digressed….

Get On With It!

You may be wondering I am talking about cockroaches. Doesn’t the TERM Barrier Division deal with termites? Why, yes! But cockroaches are one of those insect invaders that disrupt the comfort of a structure’s inhabitants. As manufacturers of building envelope materials, Polyguard’s TERM Barrier System not only protects the structure from moisture and energy loss, but insects as well! Talk about double duty!

TERM™ Barrier Excludes Pests from structures

Not only do these materials block entry of insect pests into the structure as physical barriers, but the waterproofing qualities eliminate a requisite for life from the structure: moisture. Without easy access to it, most insects will find the home uncomfortable.

dead cockroach

Here’s another fun fact for the dinner table: termites and cockroaches are actually in the same order of insects (Blattodea). Though they are not very similar anatomically, they were recently found to be close ancestors through genetic studies.

So, what is our primary concern with cockroaches, besides the fact that most people just find the sight of them uncomfortable?

Cockroaches are mechanical vectors of pathogens that cause diseases in humans. This means that the cockroaches will pick up pathogens from the environment on their feet, bodies, or mouthparts, and transmit the pathogen to your food, or food prep surface. This can all happen without anyone ever seeing a roach!

controlling cockroaches

Possible diseases that can result from these pathogens are:

  • Cholera
  • Typhoid fever
  • Salmonellosis
  • Listeriosis
  • Plague

cockroaches

There are many species of cockroaches in the United States that inhibit our homes and structures, but the two most common are the German Cockroach and the American Cockroach.

German cockroach

  • Found mostly indoors
  • Enjoy wet, damp, and humid conditions
  • Typically found in kitchens and bathrooms
  • Identified by two dark longitudinal stripes on their back
  • Adults are approximately 0.5″ in length

German Cockroach

American Cockroach

  • Large species (1.5” long)
  • Found indoors and outdoors
  • Enjoy dark humid areas of the structure, such as kitchens, bath traps, and basements

American Cockroach

Cockroach Control

Integrated pest management is the key to controlling cockroaches. While pesticides are a great tool for immediate relief, there are things that you can do around the home or structure to prevent them from ever coming inside, or eliminate their presence. Remember, IPM is an ecological approach to the control of target pests in which all available necessary control techniques are systematically consolidated into a unified program. The goal of an IPM program is to manage pest populations while avoiding economic damage and minimizing adverse side effects.

  • Eliminate sources of food. Store dry goods in sealed containers and get rid of any standing water indoors. This includes pet food!
  • Clean floors. Even the smallest amount of food debris left behind can be a holiday meal for a cockroach.
  • Clear clutter. Paper goods such as newspaper and cardboard boxes provide excellent harborage for cockroaches.
  • Install barriers. The goal is to prevent cockroaches from moving about the home or structure. Sealing up gaps around pipes, drains, or wall voids can prevent roaches from invading.

TERM Sealant Barrier and TERM Bath Trap Barriers are excellent tools to use when installing barriers, either pre- or post-construction.

TERM Sealant Barrier is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to keep insects out of your home or structure is to protect the plumbing penetrations above the slab. Plumbing and pipe penetrations can provide access to the home or structure through the miniscule openings that occur between the pipe and concrete. I like to refer to this area as a “super highway” for pest intrusion because there is little to stand in the way of a determined pest.

TERM Sealant Barrier

The TERM All-Pest Bath Trap Barrier uses a combination of TERM Barrier System materials to block pests in the slab leave-out. TERM membrane, micromesh, sealant, and particle barrier are installed to block pests that may be seeking entrance into the structure through a vulnerable, yet hard-to-treat, area.

TERM Integrated Pest Management

TERM Integrated Pest Management

When evaluating a cockroach infestation and your options for control, don’t forget to include barriers in your IPM plan. Barriers like those of the TERM Barrier System are the safest and least expensive form of control.

For additional information on the TERM® Barrier System products, please feel free to email me at ckrejci@polyguard.com.

Integrated Pest Management and Schools

Integrated Pest Management and Schools by Author, Cassie Krejci, Ph.D.

As we find ourselves in March already, it’s hard not to notice the students getting restless for Spring Break and eventual summer vacation. One thing we don’t want to see students get restless about is the presence of bugs in their classrooms. Schools across the United States utilize school integrated pest management (IPM) programs to combat insects with a balanced approach.

School Bus

I have written about IPM in the past, in which we outlined the very general concepts of IPM. Integrated pest management is an ecological approach to the control of target pests in which all available necessary control techniques are systematically consolidated into a unified program. The goal of an IPM program is to manage pest populations while avoiding economic damage and minimizing adverse side effects.

IPM Pyramid

Steps to an IPM program include:

  1. Monitoring pest populations
  2. Developing a management plan
  3. Implementing the plan
  4. Evaluating & Re-implementing the plan

While these steps are short and simple, they are integral in maintaining control over a pest population.

Integrated Pest Management

The National Pesticide Information Center highlights school IPM well:

  • IPM can be more effective than routine pesticide treatments,
  • IPM can cost less over the long term, and
  • IPM can reduce children’s exposure to pesticides. That’s important because children may be more sensitive to their toxic effects.

Additionally, they list many resources on their school IPM website.

Playground

School IPM is a topic covered mostly by agriculture extension services in each state and focuses on pest management after the school is built. However, due to the use of cardboard carton forms during school construction, especially in the south and southeastern United States, problems with insects in schools can be there from the beginning. Cardboard carton forms, or void boxes, are commonly used to form a void space between the slabs and grade beams built on expansive soils. While these are an economic solution, they can initiate issues with insects in the structure from the beginning.

Termites

Termites feed on cellulose – not concrete, not paint – just cellulose. Cellulose makes up wood and plant-based products, such as cardboard. When cardboard carton forms are used below the slab it is important to include a barrier that can block termite and other pest intrusion.

Termites

TERM Underslab Barrier is the only research – developed and proven barrier on the market for this application.

TERM Underslab Barrier

TERM Underslab Barrier is a strong sheet barrier with n 8.5 mils high strength cross-laminated polyethylene backing topped with a 69 mil thick layer of TERM Sealant Barrier integrated into a high strength non-woven geotextile fabric. Total membrane thickness is factory controlled at 95 mils.

Integrated Pest Management

TERM Underslab Barrier functions as the full underslab waterproofing barrier that also blocks termites from coming through the slab.

When building a structure, whether it be a school where children spend their days, or an office where one will spend 40 hours a week, it’s important to think about overall comfort and wellbeing of the occupants from the beginning. A structure built on cardboard carton forms is predisposed to having issues with termite and pest intrusion, unless proper steps are taken in the beginning to disrupt termite foraging. TERM Underslab Barrier complements the building envelope by functioning not only as the required waterproofing barrier, but also as a termite barrier.

For additional information on the TERM® Barrier System products, please feel free to email me at ckrejci@polyguard.com.