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Built-up Asphalt Waterproofing
Cementitious and Reactive Waterproofing
Roof and Deck Insulation
Elastomeric Membrane Roofing
Thermoplastic Membrane Roofing
1. Dampproofing and Waterproofing
Dampproofing layers are moisture control layers typically applied to building walls and floors to prevent moisture from passing on to the interior spaces. Waterproofing layers additionally keep out liquid water as well. They can be applied to foundation walls to prevent soil moisture from entering, and to walls and floors to prevent moisture and liquid from entering from sideways and upwards.
In the assembly builder select Control Layer > Waterproofing to access the products.
a) Built-up Asphalt Waterproofing
Types available - 1,2, 3 ply
Thickness - 1/4", 3/8", 1/2"
b) Sheet Waterproofing
Types available: Elastomeric (EPDM, neoprene, polyethylene and rubberized asphalt, polyvinyl chloride, bitumen modified polyurethane)
c) Cementitious and Reactive Waterproofing
Types available: Crystalline,
d) Bentonite Waterproofing
Thickness available: 1-1/2", 2", 3", 4"
e) Water Repellants
Types available: Roller applied, sprayed on CMU
2. Thermal Protection
a) Thermal Insulation
Insulation acts as a barrier against heat loss in winter or heat gain in summer. There are different types of insulation to choose from based on their overall resistance to conductive heat flow (r-value), budget, what part of the building you are insulating and other factors like flammability, longevity, etc. Read more here.
In the assembly builder select Insulation > Rigid/Blanket/Sprayed to access the products.
Board insulation is a rugged, dense sheet made of different types of foam. They are closed-cell and generally more stronger, durable and resistant to natural elements. They are sold as sheets. They can be applied to various parts of the buildings including foundation walls, exterior walls, roofs and attics. Various types of board insulation available in the database are:
Rigid - Fiberglass
Types: Unfaced, Foil-faced
Available thickness: 1", 1-1/2", 2", 2-1/2", 3"
Rigid - Isocyanurate
Available thickness: 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", 1", 1-1/2", 2", 3", 4"
Rigid - Polystyrene
Types: Extruded, expanded
Available thickness: 1", 2", 3"
Available thickness: 1", 2"
Blanket Insulation is one of the most commonly installed insulation type. They usually come in as rolls or batts that can be easily cut and trimmed to fit the space you are filling. They are usually made up of fiberglass, mineral wool and plastic or natural fibers. Commonly used to fit between framing members such as studs or joists.
Types available: Kraft faced, foil faced, unfaced
Thickness available: 3-1/2", 5-1/2", 7-1/4"
Types available: Recycled unfaced batts
Liquid insulation is sprayed, poured, foamed in or injected as a liquid that expands and hardens to fill the available space.
Use: Easy access to hard-to-reach areas, covering more surface area. Commonly used on walls, attic surfaces, under floors, or even below a roof.
Types available: Fibrous/cementitious, polyurethane
b) Roof and Deck Insulation
Insulation specifically applied for thermal protection as a part of the roofing assemblies and under decks is known as Roof and deck insulation.
In the assembly builder select Insulation > Rigid.. > Roof deck.. to access the products.
Roof Board Insulation
Thickness available: 1", 3"
Types available: Expanded, Extruded
Compressive Strengths (PSI) : 25, 40, 60
c) Weather Barrier
A weather barrier is a water and air resistive barrier used primarily to mitigate the consequences of bulk water intrusion through cladding systems and air movement through assemblies.
In the assembly builder select Control Layer > Weather /Vapor/Air Barrier to access the products.
Types available: Building paper (asphalt felt, house wrap, polyethylene)
Types available: Building paper (aluminium and kraft laminated, reinforced waterproof), recycled plastic (4mil, 6mil)
Types available: Bituminous sheet, fluid applied membrane
3. Roofing and Siding Panels
Roofing and siding panels are the first line of defense against the elements like sun, rain/snow, heat, and cold. They are the protective materials attached to the exterior part of the building to create a more stable, comfortable environment inside.
a) Roof Panels
In the assembly builder, select Exterior Layer > Preformed Metal Roofing to access the products.,
Types available: Metal Roof Panels (Corrugated aluminum, fiberglass, galvanized steel, steel)
b) Wall Panels
In the assembly builder, select Exterior Layer > Metal Panel/Metal Siding to access the products.
Types available: Metal Wall Panels (Mansard panels, aluminum siding, steel siding)
c) Faced Panels
In the assembly builder, select Exterior Layer > Metal Panel to access the products.
Types available: Metal Faced Panels (Textured aluminum, plywood with fluoropolymer finish)
In the assembly builder, select Exterior Layer > Wood Siding/Composite Siding to access the products.
Types available: Wood (White pine, redwood, cypress, cedar), plastic and fiber-cement
4. Membrane Roofing
Membrane roofing is a type of roofing system for buildings, RV's, Ponds and in some cases tanks. It is used to create a watertight covering to protect the interior of a building. The three main varieties of roofing membranes are EPDM, TPO and PVC.
Used as the exterior layer for roofs.
In the assembly builder select Exterior Layer > Roofing Membrane to access the products.
a) Elastomeric Membrane Roofing
Ethylene-Propylene-Diene-Monomer Roofing (EPDM)
EPDM is an extremely durable synthetic rubber roofing membrane (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) widely used in low-slope buildings in the United States and worldwide. Its two primary ingredients, ethylene and propylene, are derived from oil and gas.
Type available: single ply
Thickness available: 45 mils, 60mils
Mil is 1/1000 of an inch
b) Thermoplastic Membrane Roofing
Made from polyvinyl chloride (or in layman's terms, plastic), PVC is a great single-ply roofing solution. It's made from a lower percentage of oil and petroleum than thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) or ethylene propylene diene terpolymer (EPDM).
Type available: single ply
Thickness available; 48 mils, 60 mils