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DESIGN PROFESSIONALS

As a design professional, MaxLife recognizes the need for you to understand industries, chemistries, components, and the overall effect of a product on your project.  This is the very reason why MaxLife has created the products we offer to the marketplace.  ArmorWall Structural Insulated Sheathing™ was developed after having observed and analyzed failing results from third party forensic testing in which exterior walls would often leak over time. Causes often included difficult detailing and maintaining continuity within the wall and water-resistant system. Such tasks have become cumbersome due to the levels of codes and requirements placed upon the designer within today’s project marketplace.  Many design teams and installation contractors are redeveloping their office standards and details which had been used for decades, and with such change often comes difficulty.  ArmorWall takes, the now standard commercial wall, and completely rethinks this installation by adding a structural element to the exterior face of the fused insulation layer.  This innovation allows the designer to again use tried and true methods from previous construction techniques awarding wall construction more efficiency, less cost, all while maintaining code compliance. 

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DESIGN PROFESSIONALS

As a design professional, MaxLife recognizes the need for you to understand industries, chemistries, components, and the overall effect of a product on your project.  This is the very reason why MaxLife has created the products we offer to the marketplace.  ArmorWall Structural Insulated Sheathing™ was developed after having observed and analyzed failing results from third party forensic testing in which exterior walls would often leak over time. Causes often included difficult detailing and maintaining continuity within the wall and water-resistant system. Such tasks have become cumbersome due to the levels of codes and requirements placed upon the designer within today’s project marketplace.  Many design teams and installation contractors are redeveloping their office standards and details which had been used for decades, and with such change often comes difficulty.  ArmorWall takes, the now standard commercial wall, and completely rethinks this installation by adding a structural element to the exterior face of the fused insulation layer.  This innovation allows the designer to again use tried and true methods from previous construction techniques awarding wall construction more efficiency, less cost, all while maintaining code compliance. 

Completed retail with ArmorWall Structural Insulated Sheathing™ as base layer with fully adhered field cut masonry stone of 2” thickness direct adhered with Latricrete NVIS system
Installation of ArmorWall to dampproofed masonry block. Can be installed during cold and otherwise non-working temperatures.
ArmorWall is being used as a structural base layer for roof to wall cladding attachment on a 75-year-old building rehab project at historic national university.

UNDERSTANDING ARMORWALL

ArmorWall is a structurally insulated sheathing that is becoming more and more popular within the commercial construction design due to the requirements for continuous insulation in the present day building codes. However, one of the prominent concerns is the attachment of claddings and veneers to the wall assembly once several inches, and beyond, of insulation has been attached to the exterior stud face.  Traditionally this solution has been dealt with by large anchors attaching a girt assembly back to every stud face and then often requiring sub girts to attain the desired layout of the finished aesthetics.  This typically proves as a costly affair and often times pushes the budget to a point resulting in high-cost finished to be Value Engineered out of the design in order to maintain the customer’s budget and thus leaving the design community with a finished product unlike the original intent of the project.

Due to the patented construction techniques of ArmorWall and its proprietary manufacturing process, ArmorWall effectively moves the structural face of the stud to the exterior face of the sheathing. Resulting densities of all component materials simply cannot be reproduced within most materials commonly found in the market today.  In order to do this engineering, MaxLife went completely outside of the normal material toolbox and developed materials not commonly found in North America’s current construction market. 

MaxLife utilizes Magnesium Oxide (MgO) sheathing on the exterior face of ArmorWall in order to gain attributes not commonly found today.  Magnesium Oxide is a mineral that is found in crystalline magnesite deposits all over the world.  Being that it is a mineral, and naturally occurring in geological deposits, it is inert and sustainable similar to gypsum compounds that design teams are accustomed to using for many years.  Magnesium Oxide is found in many common materials and products that may surprise you.  Some common applications include Pulp and Paper, Water Treatment, Animal Feeds, and even Epsom Salt.  One of the most prominent attributes of Magnesium Oxide is its fire resistance properties which are not found in many other naturally occurring materials.  MaxLife utilizes the Magnesium Oxide slurry mixture to replace the common gypsum and cementitious compounds. This, combined with proprietary scrim formulations, create a structural sheathing board that is unmatched in many of today’s performance categories. 

Innovation did not stop there.  We understood the contribution to the difficulty and labor from required continuous insulation compliance and the multiple steps required to assemble the commercial wall.  MaxLife developed another proprietary formula of spray polyurethane closed cell foam application that is injection molded at high pressure, temperature and bonding agents. MaxLife’s patented fusion technology consists of bonding the required continuous insulation layer to the developed sheathing layer to create a combined substrate that doesn’t delaminate as seen with other common insulated sheathing materials.  Production of this type, not within a lamination type application, allows the insulation to be formed at a density of twice that found in most foam insulations within the market of today. 

Combining these two completely innovative layers has the ability to effectively move the structural face of the stud layer to the exterior face of the sheathing. This advantage can sustain many loads that previously required the girt materials to carry through a low-density insulation and back to the stud and structural building elements.  However now, most cladding systems and components can be attached at any location on the sheathing face without the need and requirement to locate the studs beyond. This innovation has many benefits to the construction cycle including scheduling, Construction Administration and Commissioning. These are simpler as the water-resistant membrane is no longer covered prior to third party observation, and dry-in time is significantly reduced allowing for interior work to commence much sooner.  Further, the performance of the insulation materials is greater as now the insulation is protected having eliminated wind washing or air flow and reduced the UV degradation factor.

UNDERSTANDING ARMORWALL

ArmorWall is a structurally insulated sheathing that is becoming more and more popular within the commercial construction design due to the requirements for continuous insulation in the present day building codes. However, one of the prominent concerns is the attachment of claddings and veneers to the wall assembly once several inches, and beyond, of insulation has been attached to the exterior stud face.  Traditionally this solution has been dealt with by large anchors attaching a girt assembly back to every stud face and then often requiring sub girts to attain the desired layout of the finished aesthetics.  This typically proves as a costly affair and often times pushes the budget to a point resulting in high-cost finished to be Value Engineered out of the design in order to maintain the customer’s budget and thus leaving the design community with a finished product unlike the original intent of the project.

Due to the patented construction techniques of ArmorWall and its proprietary manufacturing process, ArmorWall effectively moves the structural face of the stud to the exterior face of the sheathing. Resulting densities of all component materials simply cannot be reproduced within most materials commonly found in the market today.  In order to do this engineering, MaxLife went completely outside of the normal material toolbox and developed materials not commonly found in North America’s current construction market. 

Completed retail with ArmorWall Structural Insulated Sheathing™ as base layer with fully adhered field cut masonry stone of 2” thickness direct adhered with Latricrete NVIS system

MaxLife utilizes Magnesium Oxide (MgO) sheathing on the exterior face of ArmorWall in order to gain attributes not commonly found today.  Magnesium Oxide is a mineral that is found in crystalline magnesite deposits all over the world.  Being that it is a mineral, and naturally occurring in geological deposits, it is inert and sustainable similar to gypsum compounds that design teams are accustomed to using for many years.  Magnesium Oxide is found in many common materials and products that may surprise you.  Some common applications include Pulp and Paper, Water Treatment, Animal Feeds, and even Epsom Salt.  One of the most prominent attributes of Magnesium Oxide is its fire resistance properties which are not found in many other naturally occurring materials.  MaxLife utilizes the Magnesium Oxide slurry mixture to replace the common gypsum and cementitious compounds. This, combined with proprietary scrim formulations, create a structural sheathing board that is unmatched in many of today’s performance categories. 

Innovation did not stop there.  We understood the contribution to the difficulty and labor from required continuous insulation compliance and the multiple steps required to assemble the commercial wall.  MaxLife developed another proprietary formula of spray polyurethane closed cell foam application that is injection molded at high pressure, temperature and bonding agents. MaxLife’s patented fusion technology consists of bonding the required continuous insulation layer to the developed sheathing layer to create a combined substrate that doesn’t delaminate as seen with other common insulated sheathing materials.  Production of this type, not within a lamination type application, allows the insulation to be formed at a density of twice that found in most foam insulations within the market of today. 

Installation of ArmorWall to dampproofed masonry block. Can be installed during cold and otherwise non-working temperatures.

Combining these two completely innovative layers has the ability to effectively move the structural face of the stud layer to the exterior face of the sheathing. This advantage can sustain many loads that previously required the girt materials to carry through a low-density insulation and back to the stud and structural building elements.  However now, most cladding systems and components can be attached at any location on the sheathing face without the need and requirement to locate the studs beyond. This innovation has many benefits to the construction cycle including scheduling, Construction Administration and Commissioning. These are simpler as the water-resistant membrane is no longer covered prior to third party observation, and dry-in time is significantly reduced allowing for interior work to commence much sooner.  Further, the performance of the insulation materials is greater as now the insulation is protected having eliminated wind washing or air flow and reduced the UV degradation factor.

ArmorWall is being used as a structural base layer for roof to wall cladding attachment on a 75-year-old building rehab project at historic national university.
Overview of roof repair and replacement project in which ArmorWall was used a structural attachment layer for solid slate shingles on historic national university building.

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.

Adhered stone on Delta Dry and Lath to ArmorWall VP on Metal Studs

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.

IQBrick™ on ArmorWall NC on Wood Studs

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.

Transition of Metal Wall Panel and IQBrick™ to ArmorWall NP on Damproofed CMU
Completed retail with ArmorWall Structural Insulated Sheathing™ as base layer with fully adhered field cut masonry stone of 2” thickness direct adhered with Latricrete NVIS system
Installation of ArmorWall to dampproofed masonry block. Can be installed during cold and otherwise non-working temperatures.
ArmorWall is being used as a structural base layer for roof to wall cladding attachment on a 75-year-old building rehab project at historic national university.
Overview of roof repair and replacement project in which ArmorWall was used a structural attachment layer for solid slate shingles on historic national university building.

UNDERSTANDING ARMORWALL

ArmorWall is a structurally insulated sheathing that is becoming more and more popular within the commercial construction design due to the requirements for continuous insulation in the present day building codes. However, one of the prominent concerns is the attachment of claddings and veneers to the wall assembly once several inches, and beyond, of insulation has been attached to the exterior stud face.  Traditionally this solution has been dealt with by large anchors attaching a girt assembly back to every stud face and then often requiring sub girts to attain the desired layout of the finished aesthetics.  This typically proves as a costly affair and often times pushes the budget to a point resulting in high-cost finished to be Value Engineered out of the design in order to maintain the customer’s budget and thus leaving the design community with a finished product unlike the original intent of the project.

Due to the patented construction techniques of ArmorWall and its proprietary manufacturing process, ArmorWall effectively moves the structural face of the stud to the exterior face of the sheathing. Resulting densities of all component materials simply cannot be reproduced within most materials commonly found in the market today.  In order to do this engineering, MaxLife went completely outside of the normal material toolbox and developed materials not commonly found in North America’s current construction market. 

MaxLife utilizes Magnesium Oxide (MgO) sheathing on the exterior face of ArmorWall in order to gain attributes not commonly found today.  Magnesium Oxide is a mineral that is found in crystalline magnesite deposits all over the world.  Being that it is a mineral, and naturally occurring in geological deposits, it is inert and sustainable similar to gypsum compounds that design teams are accustomed to using for many years.  Magnesium Oxide is found in many common materials and products that may surprise you.  Some common applications include Pulp and Paper, Water Treatment, Animal Feeds, and even Epsom Salt.  One of the most prominent attributes of Magnesium Oxide is its fire resistance properties which are not found in many other naturally occurring materials.  MaxLife utilizes the Magnesium Oxide slurry mixture to replace the common gypsum and cementitious compounds. This, combined with proprietary scrim formulations, create a structural sheathing board that is unmatched in many of today’s performance categories. 

Innovation did not stop there.  We understood the contribution to the difficulty and labor from required continuous insulation compliance and the multiple steps required to assemble the commercial wall.  MaxLife developed another proprietary formula of spray polyurethane closed cell foam application that is injection molded at high pressure, temperature and bonding agents. MaxLife’s patented fusion technology consists of bonding the required continuous insulation layer to the developed sheathing layer to create a combined substrate that doesn’t delaminate as seen with other common insulated sheathing materials.  Production of this type, not within a lamination type application, allows the insulation to be formed at a density of twice that found in most foam insulations within the market of today. 

Combining these two completely innovative layers has the ability to effectively move the structural face of the stud layer to the exterior face of the sheathing. This advantage can sustain many loads that previously required the girt materials to carry through a low-density insulation and back to the stud and structural building elements.  However now, most cladding systems and components can be attached at any location on the sheathing face without the need and requirement to locate the studs beyond. This innovation has many benefits to the construction cycle including scheduling, Construction Administration and Commissioning. These are simpler as the water-resistant membrane is no longer covered prior to third party observation, and dry-in time is significantly reduced allowing for interior work to commence much sooner.  Further, the performance of the insulation materials is greater as now the insulation is protected having eliminated wind washing or air flow and reduced the UV degradation factor.

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.

Overview of roof repair and replacement project in which ArmorWall was used a structural attachment layer for solid slate shingles on historic national university building.
Adhered stone on Delta Dry and Lath to ArmorWall VP on Metal Studs
IQBrick™ on ArmorWall NC on Wood Studs
Transition of Metal Wall Panel and IQBrick™ to ArmorWall NP on Damproofed CMU

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.

Adhered stone on Delta Dry and Lath to ArmorWall VP on Metal Studs
IQBrick™ on ArmorWall NC on Wood Studs
Transition of Metal Wall Panel and IQBrick™ to ArmorWall NP on Damproofed CMU

BUT DON’T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT

Marketing is one thing, but scientifically proven data is another.  The ArmorWall series of products have been meticulously tested by some of the most prestigious materials labs and building scientists in the world.  Please have a look and feel free to contact us at any point to help answer any questions which may arise.

FIRE

NFPA 285

Solving the often challenging NFPA 285 requirement of commercial exterior walls with plastic insulation can be a frustrating exercise for many designers using the if/then statements of cladding and membrane choices, especially when the project calls for changing claddings from one to another on a building elevation.  ArmorWall helps in assisting with this task due to our unique testing and approvals.  By placing the protective Magnesium Oxide layer on the exterior face of the insulation, the resulting fire properties are unmatched within the marketplace, thus allowing ArmorWall to not be dependent upon the cladding to assist the assembly to pass the test procedure.  In fact, ArmorWall was tested without any cladding placed over the sheathing at all for the full duration of the test.  The results speak for themselves as we proudly display those within the UL Product IQ site under R39485. You may also click below to download our UL Certification and report. MaxLife also has many other claddings and manufacturer’s that have been approved over ArmorWall that can be found within our NFPA approval summary pages.

FIRE RESISTANCE RATINGS ANSI/UL 263 AND ASTM E119

Designing Type I, II, and III buildings often requires for exterior load bearing and non-bearing walls to be fire protected as directed by the International Code Council. ArmorWall has been tested and has achieved ratings for up to 2 Hour assemblies that are located within the UL Fire Resistance Design listing catalog.  Several common assemblies can be found within Design Number W468. What makes this design unique is that the ratings are classified for load bearing and non-load bearing wall assemblies that are symmetrical in that the fire can be from both sides of the wall, and not simply from the side opposite of the continuous insulation as found within many other designs utilizing foam melt plastics. Although other competitor designs contain one hour assemblies, ArmorWall demonstrated performance up to 2 Hours on both sides of the wall assembly, further making it unique within the industry.  MaxLife’s ArmorWall Structural Insulated Sheathing™ carries other rated assembly designs as well.  For a full listing of assemblies and ratings, see our ArmorWall Design Guide.

THERMAL

While still maintaining an R value of nearly a 6.5 per inch of foam insulation, ArmorWall is one of the most efficient insulation materials on the market, eliminating the need for extra wall thicknesses which other systems may require. ArmorWall is available in many thicknesses that meet even the most extreme environments and climate zones. As a true continuous insulation that isn’t broken other than the fasteners and mechanical penetrations, ArmorWall meets the definition in ASHRAE 90.1 for continuous insulation(ci) which few products and assemblies can match.  Placing the thermal control layer behind the structural sheathing virtually eliminates any wind washing that could occur using many other common outboard insulation components, further realizing a higher effective gain in R Value than traditional systems may achieve.

AIR AND MOISTURE CONTROL

Since all fasteners that fully penetrate the assembly are sealed after installation prior to cladding attachment, most final fasteners don’t penetrate the layers of the ArmorWall element which decreases the chance of leakage within the completed wall assembly.  ArmorWall has demonstrated performance to the most stringent of testing as a moisture and air control layer within the façade assembly.  MaxLife’s testing complies fully with ASTM E331 and Chapter 14 of the Building Code for weather-resistant barriers as well as ASTM E283 for air barriers once the joints of the panel and fastener heads are sealed with MaxLife’s sealant systems.

CODE COMPLIANCE

ArmorWall has been tested by many reputable third party testing agencies throughout the world.  Carrying a UL Classification and demonstrating performance, ArmorWall performs to the ICC standards and beyond.

For further inquiry and technical questions, please feel free to contact us and we will make sure that a member of our team answers any doubt that you have remaining.

CONSISTENCY

One concern that is often experienced is knowing whether or not the product is going to arrive at the jobsite in the same form as the previous project.  MaxLife proudly represents our manufacturing process within the UL “Follow-Up Service Procedure” program and has been allowed to position the UL Classification label on our manufactured products. This means that MaxLife follows rigorous Standard Operating Procedures during our manufacturing to ensure our products are produced to same quality and performance standards each run.  Our factories and raw material suppliers are audited on an on-going basis by third party UL inspectors to bestow onto you peace of mind that the MaxLife materials represent quality.

STRUCTURE

As a Structural Insulated Sheathing, ArmorWall carries many properties that are unmatched within the marketplace today and found in typical commercial gypsum assemblies.  The challenge of installing a sub-girt framing system while maintaining continuous insulation can be cumbersome for many projects. ArmorWall makes the wall easy with its structural properties as demonstrated below.

RACK AND SHEAR

With the standard fastening pattern of 12” OC into every stud at 16” OC, ArmorWall carries over 300 pounds of shear.  Decreasing the perimeter fastening distance to 6” OC while maintaining the interior fasteners at 12” OC demonstrates 437.5 pounds of shear further decreasing the perimeter pattern to 4” OC and again leaving the interior field fasteners at 12”OC tests at greater than 537 pounds per foot as tested per ASTM E72 in third party testing.

FASTENER HOLDING POWER

With testing demonstrating greater than 380 pounds of force required to pull a fastener out of a panel, and while pull through and shear of the fastener demonstrating greater than 500 pounds, ArmorWall can handle many claddings, attachments, and hangers. All of which attached directly into the component layers of the sheathing and not requiring the placement of the fastener into the stud facing as traditionally required with many wall systems.

DEFLECTION

Due to its rigid component facing, ArmorWall carries wind deflection in both the positive and negative loading for installation of the most brittle assemblies over smaller gauge stud assemblies that can further reduce costs of a project.

GRAVITY LOADING

Many times when using continuous insulation on wall assemblies, the thickness of the insulation causes concern for a cantilevered effect that may require costly engineering in calculating and designing fastener sizing and spacing.  Due to its ability to essentially move the stud face to the exterior face of the sheathing, ArmorWall has been tested to support loads greater than 800 pounds per square foot with minimal creep while under load.

SOUND

ArmorWall has been tested for many STC ratings in assemblies to make construction and design efficient and effortless.  For our tested STC assemblies see our ArmorWall Design Guide.

MOLD AND MILDEW

Due to the fact there are no paper facings or elements within ArmorWall the ability to propagate growth is eliminated.  ArmorWall has the ability to be completely saturated with moisture yet maintain its structural integrity while meeting FEMA design guidelines for wet and flood environments of sustainable materials.

FIRE

NFPA 285

Solving the often challenging NFPA 285 requirement of commercial exterior walls with plastic insulation can be a frustrating exercise for many designers using the if/then statements of cladding and membrane choices, especially when the project calls for changing claddings from one to another on a building elevation.  ArmorWall helps in assisting with this task due to our unique testing and approvals.  By placing the protective Magnesium Oxide layer on the exterior face of the insulation, the resulting fire properties are unmatched within the marketplace, thus allowing ArmorWall to not be dependent upon the cladding to assist the assembly to pass the test procedure.  In fact, ArmorWall was tested without any cladding placed over the sheathing at all for the full duration of the test.  The results speak for themselves as we proudly display those within the UL Product IQ site under R39485. You may also click below to download our UL Certification and report. MaxLife also has many other claddings and manufacturer’s that have been approved over ArmorWall that can be found within our NFPA approval summary documents.

FIRE RESISTANCE RATINGS ANSI/UL 263 AND ASTM E119

Designing Type I, II, and III buildings often requires for exterior load bearing and non-bearing walls to be fire protected as directed by the International Code Council. ArmorWall has been tested and has achieved ratings for up to 2 Hour assemblies that are located within the UL Fire Resistance Design listing catalog.  Several common assemblies can be found within Design Number W468. What makes this design unique is that the ratings are classified for load bearing and non-load bearing wall assemblies that are symmetrical in that the fire can be from both sides of the wall, and not simply from the side opposite of the continuous insulation as found within many other designs utilizing foam melt plastics. Although other competitor designs contain one hour assemblies, ArmorWall demonstrated performance up to 2 Hours on both sides of the wall assembly, further making it unique within the industry.  MaxLife’s ArmorWall Structural Insulated Sheathing™ carries other rated assembly designs as well.  For a full listing of assemblies and ratings, see our ArmorWall Design Guide.

THERMAL

While still maintaining an R value of nearly a 6.5 per inch of foam insulation, ArmorWall is one of the most efficient insulation materials on the market, eliminating the need for extra wall thicknesses which other systems may require. ArmorWall is available in many thicknesses that meet even the most extreme environments and climate zones. As a true continuous insulation that isn’t broken other than the fasteners and mechanical penetrations, ArmorWall meets the definition in ASHRAE 90.1 for continuous insulation(ci) which few products and assemblies can match.  Placing the thermal control layer behind the structural sheathing virtually eliminates any wind washing that could occur using many other common outboard insulation components, further realizing a higher effective gain in R Value than traditional systems may achieve.

AIR AND MOISTURE CONTROL

Since all fasteners that fully penetrate the assembly are sealed after installation prior to cladding attachment, most final fasteners don’t penetrate the layers of the ArmorWall element which decreases the chance of leakage within the completed wall assembly.  ArmorWall has demonstrated performance to the most stringent of testing as a moisture and air control layer within the façade assembly.  MaxLife’s testing complies fully with ASTM E331 and Chapter 14 of the Building Code for weather-resistant barriers as well as ASTM E283 for air barriers once the joints of the panel and fastener heads are sealed with MaxLife’s sealant systems.

CODE COMPLIANCE

ArmorWall has been tested by many reputable third party testing agencies throughout the world.  Carrying a UL Classification and demonstrating performance, ArmorWall performs to the ICC standards and beyond.

For further inquiry and technical questions, please feel free to contact us and we will make sure that a member of our team answers any doubt that you have remaining.

CONSISTENCY

One concern that is often experienced is knowing whether or not the product is going to arrive at the jobsite in the same form as the previous project.  MaxLife proudly represents our manufacturing process within the UL “Follow-Up Service Procedure” program and has been allowed to position the UL Classification label on our manufactured products. This means that MaxLife follows rigorous Standard Operating Procedures during our manufacturing to ensure our products are produced to same quality and performance standards each run.  Our factories and raw material suppliers are audited on an on-going basis by third party UL inspectors to bestow onto you peace of mind that the MaxLife materials represent quality.

STRUCTURE

As a Structural Insulated Sheathing, ArmorWall carries many properties that are unmatched within the marketplace today and found in typical commercial gypsum assemblies.  The challenge of installing a sub-girt framing system while maintaining continuous insulation can be cumbersome for many projects. ArmorWall makes the wall easy with its structural properties as demonstrated below.

RACK AND SHEAR

With the standard fastening pattern of 12” OC into every stud at 16” OC, ArmorWall carries over 300 pounds of shear.  Decreasing the perimeter fastening distance to 6” OC while maintaining the interior fasteners at 12” OC demonstrates 437.5 pounds of shear further decreasing the perimeter pattern to 4” OC and again leaving the interior field fasteners at 12”OC tests at greater than 537 pounds per foot as tested per ASTM E72 in third party testing.

FASTENER HOLDING POWER

With testing demonstrating greater than 380 pounds of force required to pull a fastener out of a panel, and while pull through and shear of the fastener demonstrating greater than 500 pounds, ArmorWall can handle many claddings, attachments, and hangers. All of which attached directly into the component layers of the sheathing and not requiring the placement of the fastener into the stud facing as traditionally required with many wall systems.

DEFLECTION

Due to its rigid component facing, ArmorWall carries wind deflection in both the positive and negative loading for installation of the most brittle assemblies over smaller gauge stud assemblies that can further reduce costs of a project.

GRAVITY LOADING

Many times when using continuous insulation on wall assemblies, the thickness of the insulation causes concern for a cantilevered effect that may require costly engineering in calculating and designing fastener sizing and spacing.  Due to its ability to essentially move the stud face to the exterior face of the sheathing, ArmorWall has been tested to support loads greater than 800 pounds per square foot with minimal creep while under load.

SOUND

ArmorWall has been tested for many STC ratings in assemblies to make construction and design efficient and effortless.  For our tested STC assemblies see our ArmorWall Design Guide.

MOLD AND MILDEW

Due to the fact there are no paper facings or elements within ArmorWall the ability to propagate growth is eliminated.  ArmorWall has the ability to be completely saturated with moisture yet maintain its structural integrity while meeting FEMA design guidelines for wet and flood environments of sustainable materials.

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