What is ArmorWall Structural Insulated Sheathing™?
ArmorWall Structural Insulated Sheathing™ is a UL Classified and tested, high-strength, fire, air, and water-resistant building enclosure system, commonly referred to as an SIS (Structural Insulated Sheathing) panel.
Combining the best traits of Magnesium Oxide (MgO) and polyurethane insulation, MaxLife Industries’ patented Fusion Technology fuses structural sheathing to the exterior face of our poured insulation layer. This innovation combines four traditional enclosure components into one, and modernizes the installation of commercial and multifamily wall assemblies.
Architects: ArmorWall was created to enable architects to pursue previously unattainable design features through its industry-leading structural strength, durability, continuous insulation properties, and fire, air and water-resistant capabilities.
Installers and General Contractors: ArmorWall requires just one installation revolution around a building in place of the traditional four, reducing costs and time to weather-in by weeks. Magnesium Oxide (MgO), a natural mineral with fire resistant properties, is fused onto the exterior face of each panel, replacing common gypsum and cementitious compounds that otherwise require additional coatings, time and cost.
ArmorWall allows projects to meet and exceed continuous insulation, building code and green certification programs faster and cost effectively.
ArmorWall is manufactured in a near zero waste manufacturing plant in North Carolina.
What Makes ArmorWall Unique?
A prominent concern with traditional components 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. 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. 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.
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.
This innovation provides many benefits to the construction cycle, including scheduling, construction administration and commissioning. ArmorWall’s properties allow designers and owners to have room in their budget to consider high-cost finishes to their finished product that follow the original intent of the project’s design.
What is ArmorWall Made Of?
MaxLife utilizes Magnesium Oxide (MgO) sheathing on the exterior face of ArmorWall in order to gain attributes not commonly found today. MgO 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.
One of the most prominent attributes of MgO is its fire-resistant properties that are not found in many other naturally occurring materials. MaxLife utilizes a MgO slurry mixture to replace the common gypsum and cementitious compounds. This, combined with proprietary scrim formulations, creates a structural sheathing board that is unmatched in many of today’s performance categories.
MaxLife’s industry innovation does not stop there. From our beginning, 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 poured polyurethane closed cell foam application (PUR) that is injection molded at high pressure and temperature with 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 insulation products in today’s market.
Resulting densities of all component materials simply cannot be reproduced within most materials commonly found in the market today. In order to accomplish this engineering feat, MaxLife’s design and engineering teams ventured completely outside of the normal material toolbox by using raw materials and innovative manufacturing processes not commonly found in North America’s current construction market.