Sustainable Pretreat - TERM® in New Construction:
Polyguard began in 1952 producing corrosion coatings for steel pipelines. Since a big part of corrosion coating is protecting the surface from water, Polyguard modified its corrosion coatings to also protect buildings from water. In 1970, Polyguard began producing foundation waterproofing.
Upgrading the Building Envelope
During the past 16 years we have found that almost all insects can be excluded from buildings. Simply requiring tighter construction plus long lasting elastomeric sealants at joints, cracks, crevices, penetrations, and other entry points means that foraging insects find less openings.
The big exception is subterranean termites. However, the TERM Barrier System has many lab, proof of concept, and long term tests as a barrier to subterranean termites. These tests were mostly performed at Texas A&M. Additional and ongoing testing is being performed at TAMU and other recognized entomology labs.
The bottom line is that Polyguard has developed insect exclusion systems using membrane, sealant, wire, and stone particle barriers. These barriers can be used separately or in combination to protect individual problem areas. If incorporated during construction around the building envelope, TERM presents a physical barrier at almost all entry points.
TERM Barriers are supplemental termite treatments, not standalone treatments. But they can be a major component of an IPM program which minimizes the need for pesticides over the life of the structure.
The Role of PMPs in a TERM Structure
The PMP will normally install:
- Penetration treatments
- Bath trap or mop sink treatments, either
- Exposed perimeter particle barrier
- Attic barriers (these are under development)
- Other areas of the structure as required
With many of today’s customers wanting sustainable construction, this entry level non-chemical termite barrier can be installed by the PMP. Treating these areas protects three major subterranean termite entry points.
Exposed perimeter barriers require regular inspection and maintenance by the PMP at the time of termite inspections. Particle barriers can be breached by children, pets, landscaping, and construction.
Existing structures may also be treated with TERM Particle Barrier. Below is a link to a homeowner oriented video about TERM Particle Barrier.
Consumer Video – Drone shot showing portion of perimeter treatable with TERM Particle Barrier
Additionally, opportunities are emerging in remodeling. When remodeling, the entire building envelope can rarely be retrofitted with TERM Barriers. However, as can be seen in The New American Remodeled Home – 2017 at the International Builders Show in Orlando, many problem areas can be treated to exclude insects.
Our efforts with architects are starting
Our TERM team has begun to visit architects. We expect high interest in non-chemical barriers from architects. “Green” is growing rapidly, and no company has ever offered this wide a range of insect barriers.
Over the next several years, expect to see TERM supplemental pretreatments appearing in construction specifications.