CONTINUING WITH INNOVATION
Through continued innovation, MaxLife expanded utilization of our structural insulated sheathing in developing ArmorWall NC, ArmorWall VP, ArmorWall NP, ArmorWall PB, and ArmorWall BG. All variations of the ArmorWall series can be produced in many desired continuous insulation thicknesses to accommodate energy code, Passive House, fire ratings, NFPA 285 assemblies, and green accreditation guidelines.
ArmorWall NC is MaxLife’s original version of the structural insulated sheathing product that has been used within the marketplace for many years formerly under the tradename TigerWall™. ArmorWall NC is a non-coated version of insulated Magnesium Oxide sheathing that is ready for field applied water-resistant membranes whether spray applied, self-adhered, or mechanically attached. ArmorWall NC is often used within projects which have difficult transitions of elements or within panelized construction factories where there is the need for components to be joined in-house all while retaining continuity during transport and erection. Other instances we find ArmorWall NC is installed within a conditioned factory setting using a self-adhered membrane (contact customer services for approvals of systems) applied in the clean and temperature-controlled environment. The lap is left exposed for final installation after the placement of wall assembly on the jobsite for clean and efficient performance installation free of cracking resulting from the movement.
ArmorWall VP and ArmorWall NP further advance the innovation of the structural insulated sheathing by adding a factory-applied water resistant membrane which can be either vapor permeable or vapor non-permeable. Factory application of the membrane creates greater control and uniform thickness to meet tested standards ensuring long-term performance. Once installed, the sheathing is simply sealed at the seams, panel edges, and fastener heads with MaxLife’s provided polyether sealant to provide a uniform and efficient wall assembly. By combining the WRB, structural sheathing, and continuous insulation into a one-step application, a wall assembly is completed up to five times faster than traditional methods of commercial wall construction saving projects valuable time and dollars, both often hard to find on today’s fast paced jobsites.
ArmorWall BG is designed to specifically treat the difficult transition detail of insulating the slab edge condition found within commercial construction. ArmorWall BG is designed to go below grade with the integration of the factory-applied below-grade waterproofing material on three faces of the custom designed ArmorWall sheathing surfaces. Stair stepping the BG application on the building façade with the proposed grade elevations provides continuity within the insulation layer placing it in the same plane as the above grade ArmorWall systems. On a deep foundation application, the insulation is protected from jobsite activity and ongoing landscaping activities by ArmorWall BG ensuring longevity of performance on the installed project.
ArmorWall PB was designed to specifically handle the difficult application of continuously insulated direct applied masonry, stucco, and EIFS applications. These can be problematic as result of the many steps often requiring a secondary layer of sheathing to support the lathe layer in the assembly. ArmorWall PB utilizes a cementitious sheathing material fused to the proprietary high-density spray foam found in other ArmorWall solutions. However, where ArmorWall PB differs is that it is designed to be drainable with the incorporation of the integrated drainage plane onto the high-density spray foam rear face during fabrication. Unlike the other versions of ArmorWall that are designed to be installed directly to the stud face without any subsequent layers, ArmorWall PB is designed to be installed to a traditional gypsum and water-resistant membrane already placed on the wall face to make full use of that integrated drainage capability. Combining the continuous insulation material with a factory ready direct adhered sheathing face eliminates several steps required in traditional direct applied continuously insulated systems further saving jobsite time and dollars. ArmorWall PB possess many approvals for finish materials applied directly to the face and with many manufacturers. We are continuously working with other manufacturers and their components adding them to our tried and tested assemblies. Please contact Customer Services for a full list of direct-application approved products and materials to ArmorWall PB.