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Foam board building insulation details (C) Carson Dunlop AssociatesInsect Damage & Foam Building Insulation Products: Termites, Carpenter Ants, Contaminants

  • INSECTS & FOAM INSULATION - CONTENTS: Risk of insect attack on buildings with foundations insulated using foam boards or foam spray insulation. Recommendations for termite shield and insect shields on buildings. How to prevent insect damage to wood structures where foam foundation insulation is installed.
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Insect resistance of foam building insulation board: this article illustrates and describes the causes of risk of wood destroying insect attack (like termites or carpenter ants) on buildings using foam foundation or wall insulation.

Note that the insect risk associated with foam insulating board details (or any building design and product) varies by geographic location and the types of insect pests that are or are not present. Therefore good construction details to avoid insect damage must suit local requirements and meet local building codes.



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Foam Insulation Products and Risk of Wood Destroying Insect Damage: termites, carpenter ants, etc.

Foam board building insulation details (C) Carson Dunlop AssociatesThe following comments pertain regardless of whether the foam insulation products we are addressing are sprayed foam insulation or solid foam insulating boards or panels. Sketch of common foam insulating board details courtesy of Carson Dunlop Associates.

Because insect damage on buildings is very often related to locations of water leaks or moisture traps, readers should also see WATER ENTRY in BUILDINGS.

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