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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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Related articles: Readers should also see TERMITE SHIELDS vs TERMITICIDE, our list of insect damage articles at ROT, FUNGUS, TERMITES. Also see SLAB INSULATION, PASSIVE SOLAR. 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. Readers may also be interested in the mold resistance properties of Icynene Foam Spray Insulation. Because paint failures on stucco-on-foam buildings can relate to water exposure where stucco-on-foam systems are exposed to the soil or to rain splash, also see STUCCO PAINT FAILURES and STUCCO OVER FOAM INSULATION.
The 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.
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