Commercial Structures

Commercial Structures

Even today, many specifiers believe that termite control is the job of the Pest Control Operator.

But the days of spreading chemicals in and around buildings are slowly coming to an end.

When we think about termite entry points as being all around the building envelope, it seems obvious that we should think about using physical barriers in the envelope during design and construction. That type of thinking is spreading slowly but steadily.  We can keep out not just water and termites, but almost everything else.

With the interdisciplinary development of TERM Barriers, sustainable termite exclusion can be built into the envelope as part of the waterproofing and moistureproofing protection.

 

TERM building envelope materials are familiar to those who design and install envelopes​

Most of the termite protection is provided by the waterproofing, which incorporates TERM Termite Sealant.  To those who specify or build envelope materials, both the details and the construction are close to identical with today’s familiar peel and stick products.    

Several new accessories are involved.  These are TERM Particle Barrier and TERM Micromesh barriers.  These accessories are built into secondary areas where termite control cannot be done by TERM membranes.  Termite control in these areas has consisted of termiticide, or nothing.

The table below shows, for most TERM Barrier components and applications, the installing trade plus an indication of potential cost impact for a 10,000 ft2 footprint structure.

TERM
Underslab Barrier



Installed by
Commercial waterproofing contractor
If you specify full underslab waterproofingTPC1
Costs will rise moderately or possibly not at all
If you specify vapor barrier
Costs will rise noticeably. Ask us to estimate.
TERM
Water|Termite Foundation Barrier


Installed by
Commercial waterproofing contractor
If you specify peel and stick foundation waterproofingTPC1
Costs will rise moderately
If you specify Dampproofing
Costs will rise noticeably. Ask us to estimate.
TERM
Sill Water|Termite Barrier


Installed by
Framing contractor
If you specify peel and stick sill barrierTPC1
Costs will rise moderately
If you specify foam insulation or nothing
Costs will rise noticeably per lineal foot
TERM
Flashing Moisture|Termite Barrier


Installed by
Framing contractor
If you specify peel and stick flashing barrierTPC1
Costs will rise moderately per lineal foot
If you specify film flashing
Costs will rise noticeably per lineal foot
TERM
Termite Sealant at penetrations


Installed by
Pest control operator
If you specify commercial sealant and heavy termiticide treatment at penetrationsTPC1
Costs will rise moderately
If you specify foam insulation or nothing
Costs will rise several dollars per penetration
TERM
Particle Barrier at bath trap/mop sinks


Installed by
Pest control operator
If you specify termiticideTPC1
Depending on the size of the bath trap,
at least $50 per trap
TERM
All Pest Bath Trap/mop sink

This application uses particle barrier to stop termites, and stainless steel screen to stop other pests (rodents, fire ants, etc.) which enter through the bath trap opening.

Installed by
Pest control operator
If you specify termiticideTPC1
Depending on the size of the bath trap,
up to $100 per trap
TERM
Particle Barrier at exposed perimeter



Installed by
Pest control operator
If you specify termiticideTPC1
Cost will increase up to $10 / lineal foot
Note: TERM Particle Barrier used around exposed perimeters is the only TERM Barrier application requiring regular maintenance. As with most termite control contracts, regular inspection by the licensed PCO are required.
With TERM Barrier, the PCO will repair any part of the particle barrier perimeter which has been disturbed by dogs and cats digging, landscaping or construction activities, overgrowth, debris, mulch, children playing, soil settlement, etc.
The obvious advantage is that all treatments will be non-chemical