Country Music

Damn, I love country music…I mean REAL country music.  I hope no one is offended by the term “Real”. For me, country was and is Hank Williams SR, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens – I could go on and on.  Looking back, I wonder how I developed a love for this type of music.  See, when I was a kid, I was known to push the “rebellion envelope” a time or two. Hey, anarchy is a part of everyone’s DNA. Like lots of kids I raised my fist to the power chords of Rock ‘N Roll. Cranking up Zeppelin, Springsteen, Bowie, and Black Sabbath (I could go on and on) gave me the suburban civil disobedience I was needing, and there was nothing anyone could do except yell, “TURN THAT DOWN.”  So, I bought the records, listened to all kinds of “defiant” music in my attempt to take down the man. But why?

Well, my Dad listened to country. All my friend’s Dad’s listened to country music. And growing up in a small southern town almost everyone listened to country on WLIK – AM.  Now don’t get me wrong; I love my Dad.  I am who I am because of him and will never be able to thank him enough for that. But Dad never bought into a different style of music…no matter how loud I played it; it just didn’t work.

Being the only boy in the family, I spent a lot of time with my ol man.  He was in the natural gas business and he spent many a Saturday travelling from project to project with me in tow.  That meant I was sequestered to listen to his music ALL DAY LONG, on my Saturday! Saturday was the only day I had to put all the pressures of grammar school behind me. I’m not sure how I made it but looking back I think my Dad’s music helped pave the way.

I had no choice, so I listened to the words very closely. As a kid, the lyrics held tremendous possibilities for me. I hadn’t had a beer yet, but it sounded like something I should look forward to (I was right).  I didn’t have a pickup, but I began to want one badly. I really had no desire to go to prison but who knows what’s around the corner…right?  I wanted an old faded pair of Levi’s, flannel shirt, and a belt buckle the size of a hubcap, but none of those were on my immediate horizon.  It took me a while, but I finally figured out what a “honkey tonk angel” was and what caused “broken wings” and “broken halos.”  I eventually discovered heart ache and tears, coming to the conclusion that they were inevitable but definitely not all they were cracked up to be. But I survived it just like all my Country and Western hero’s I mentioned earlier.

For me, country music is honest and authentic – it’s real. And so is Polyguard Products.  This place is heartfelt, unpretentious, special people that stand for something, caring about each other as if they were family. I honestly feel like we’re a Family, a very close one. I really embrace being part of the Polyguard culture, being a part of the Polyguard circle.  Developing products that impact the lives of people and their livelihoods. Constantly working to make products better and more efficient. All of this kinda sounds like it should be a country song, maybe to the tune of Waylon’s “Luckenbach Texas”

The only two things in life that make it worth livin’

Is Polyguard products and keeping buildings from leaking

I don’t want any of those nasty termite bites

I got my Polyguard wrapping me up tight tonight

Maybe it’s time we got back to basics of TERM

Let’s go to Corsicana Texas

and visit the Polyguard boys (and girls)

This successful life we’re living

Has us kicking it hard for 26 continuous years of growth.


Well I think you get the idea ????

Bo Young

Launch of the Swarmers

Films revolving around murderous, marauding and mutated insects – and arachnids – have been causing moviegoers to cringe, itch, and scream for decades. From the 1954 cult classic “Them” where giant irradiated ants rampage over New Mexico, to the sci-fi hit the “Fly” insects have been depicted as the creepy crawlers, that devour cities or at least burrow into your skin, and nest in your ear. 1978 saw the release of “The Swarm” – Monsters by the millions. This B Movie about killer Bees bombed but the idea of millions of swarming insects taking to the skies and descending on your defenseless home can still give you a case of the itches.

Ok, the National Guard isn’t going to be called out to take on this invading force, but termites do swarm every year like clockwork. This phenomenon happens when a termite colony becomes “mature” (which takes anywhere from 3-7 years) and large enough to branch out to create new colonies. During the spring the weather conditions are perfect for the termites to take flight, but in some parts of the US, this swarming can happen anytime of the year. Swarms are comprised entirely of kings and queens ready to mate for life and build their new home – sort of an insect love story. When conditions are right, a day following a rain shower when the weather is overcast and winds are under six mph., the swarmers will emerge from their mud tubes and launch into the air and pair off. These swarms can be so big that they can be seen on satellite radar. Swarmers are larger than the soft-bodied subterranean termites and have wings that will drop when they begin to bury themselves back underground as they look for a suitable place to start a home.

The female, or queen, will pick their new location next to a food source and wet-ground environment. Once settled in this “Mother of All Termites” will start to make babies, laying up to 30,000 eggs a day. But she does not create structural damage; she doesn’t feed on wood or other cellulose material like the workers do. Workers are the small, white, and blind termites that create all the damage and continue foraging for more food sources even when they have food.

It’s not all baby making and feasting, only a small amount of the swam survives the airborne assault to produce colonies. Sometimes the alates (winged termites) land on surfaces like roads, building roofs, or parking lots that are too hot. In the open swarms are tasty treats for birds, lizards, and other small animals.

Termite swarmers range in color from yellow to black depending on the species. Like many other flying insects, termites are attracted to light and are often seen swarming around street lights or window sills. Seeing them is a pretty good sign that a colony is living nearby. If you see a swarm close to your home, you should call a professional. If you can find their wings or a handful of swarmers near the windows or in corners, try to leave them for the pest management professional to be able to see as they can identify species.

Don’t be alarmed like the horror movies show: you can prevent this from happening or happening again if you have flying termites present in your home. Using TERM® Barriers, you can build out the termite entry points during construction where the particles, sealant, screens, or membrane can be applied. These solutions are non-chemical, environmentally-friendly, easy to install and protect your building from water intrusion, which is an attractive environment for the termites. We can give this horror a happier ending.

Holly Beard, M.S. Entomology, 1LT USAR, CSI, WWYW

Empty Nesters…now what?

“Empty Nesters”

  05 13 2019

We will soon be empty nesters. My husband and I just graduated our oldest daughter from college and our youngest will soon be attending the same college, 5 hours away. So, this fall we will be considered empty nesters. It was bound to happen; we raised our girls to be able to live on their own (hopefully they won’t want to come back home to live…as we want our privacy finally, is that rude?). Our oldest is a nurse and accepted a job in Dallas, too far to live at home for the commute every day from the suburbs. So, we did our job as parents, preparing them for the real world, “adulting” as we are more commonly hearing. Our neighbors may not know that we are empty nesters, aside from the fact that there are two fewer cars parked in our driveway. That is the only way of possibly knowing how many people are residing in a home.

So how do we know when termites, ants, and mice are living in our homes? Afterall, they don’t drive cars; they just move in without asking. Now that is rude.

I have been working in the building industry for 23 years and have come to realize some important facts:

  1. Water will find a way in
  2. Fully adhered building membranes are better than loose laid
  3. All concrete cracks
  4. Almost all building membranes need to be protected from UV rays
  5. There can never be enough eyes on the project
  6. When inspecting a job, take photos of the process and follow up with an email (proof of what you said on the job site)
  7. Water will find a way in

Why repeat 1 & 7? Because it is so true! It needs repeating. No matter what product you are putting onto/into or under the building project, you need to ensure water will not find its way into the structure.

Just about any place water can get in, termites can get in as well.  This is due to their tiny size (1/50” width) and their ability to chew through building materials such as framing, wall boards, insulation with paper backing, furniture, moldings, and carpet backing.

Many gaps large enough for termites will also allow entry by other pests as well. Mice, ants, and termites (along with spiders, roaches and other pesky crawlers) are also needed a good home to reside in.  Don’t allow this to happen simply by overlooking a few key components that you did not add for perimeter exclusion. Products are available for beefing up the below grade waterproofing membranes and air-barrier solutions to the building envelope.  For a small up-front investment, you can design and build your next project to be virtually pest and pesticide free. These membranes are made and tested for termite exclusion (which means all-pest exclusion, since a termite is the smallest and most invasive insect out there!).

Spring is when we are reminded of all the pesky swarming insects that are breeding and finding new places to populate. Make your next project part of the next generation of sustainability, and yes, go ahead and be rude to the pests that want to enter your building or home without permission, no entry allowed.  Unless of course, you have them pay rent.                        Jill Heidorf, CSI, IIBEC, WWYW

Litigation Settled

Polyguard Products is pleased to announce settlement of the false advertising litigation “Polyguard Products, Inc. v. I.S.E.L., LLC”, in United State District Court of the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, Civil Action No. 3:17-cv-03218-M.  The settlement can be viewed as a victory for end users because the parties have agreed to claim only those anti-corrosion properties which are backed up by test results and to make those test results available to end users on their websites.  “ISEL won’t be able to claim anti-corrosion properties without actually conducting and publishing the test results” said Shawn Eastham, President of Polyguard.  “As we have asserted all along, both the ISEL and their private label products are not the same as the RG-2400 and can’t match our performance or successful track record.  We believe the potential environmental, safety, and lost productivity caused by Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) should require a rigorous evaluation process for CUI coatings”.

“Are We There Yet?”

“Are we there yet?” Sounds like a familiar question. We have asked it ourselves when we were kids traveling with our parents in the back of the station wagon, and we have heard it from our kids as we are lugging them through the airport to the ever-important family get-together. It’s the time old question of wanting to be there (wherever that end-place may be) and passing time as you are slightly annoyed that you are not where you would like to be.

But now I am a working adult and my kids are grown and drive themselves places. I work in the Building Envelope Industry and, yes, that encompasses a lot of territory on a building. I attend and present at lots of different trade shows. My most recent show was a Roofing Consultants Inc. (IIBEC as of April) Convention in Orlando. There are many good speakers and great discussions about the Building Envelope and where problems may arise with water getting in, air leakage, and proper material selections. So each time I leave one of the these shows, getting the opportunity to talk non-stop for several days about new products, existing products and the “must see” products, I can’t help but think, “Are we there yet in terms of great building envelope solutions to keep us dry, safe and breathing good quality interior air?”

That is quite a question and will make even the most experienced building envelope person stop and think. The best answer may be that we have so many choices to provide excellent protection from the outdoor elements and allow us to be comfortable and breath easy indoors, that we need to know how, why and when to select the products that will make up our wall, flooring and roofing choices or the six sides of the building.

Building Envelope Designers are well educated on the products to use, but most don’t think about keeping pests out (including termites). That typically is an “after-market” thought or sale. You would call the exterminator if you see bugs, or termites. The exterminator knows what pesticide to use to keep out those pesky creatures. But what if you didn’t have to use chemicals in your structure? Choosing materials that keep out water and air can also include a barrier for termites and pests. Physical Barriers are a new thought process for most Building Envelope Consultants. Adding these Physical Barriers does not mean you have to add MORE to the envelope, simply by choosing products that are DUAL purpose can provide the protection you need for AIR/WATER/PESTS. These products are primarily membranes that are fully adhered and applied to the building envelope in new construction, therefore making them permanent and maintenance-free. There are about six other new materials and new details which cover small areas of known vulnerability for pest entry, but most of these new areas are pretty small.

Welcome to the new age of building products. Makes me really think about wanting a new house built the right way. Are we there yet? Yes, and in a big way.

Jill Heidorf, CSI, IIBEC, WWYW

Mechanical Division – Pallet Configuration Changes

To: All Polyguard Mechanical Division Customers

Date: March 11, 2019

Subject: Changing Pallet Configuration

Over the next 60 to 90 days, we will be transitioning to new pallet configurations for our Mechanical Division Alumaguard, Insulrap and Zero Perm roll products. Roll products that currently ship as 36 roll pallets will be reduced to 30-roll pallets. Pre-paid freight requirements currently set at 2 pallets of 36 rolls (72 rolls) will now be 2 pallets of 30 rolls (60 rolls). Alumaguard All-Weather which currently ships as one pallet of 36 rolls prepaid will now ship as a 30-roll pallet pre-paid.

We're making these changes for two primary reasons: safety in stacking pallets in racks and better protection of the boxes to minimize damage in shipping.

Attached to this letter are photos of new pallet configurations for Insulrap 50 and Alumaguard All-Weather, as examples. You'll note that we will no longer put rows of rolls perpendicular to the previous row. Our box supplier indicated to us that rolls should be stacked and parallel to each other to maximize box strength. Reducing rolls per pallet to 30 significantly reduces the weight of the pallet; allows us to use a slightly smaller pallet; makes the pallets easier and safer to handle and stack in racks; and minimizes damage during transit.

We ask for your help in this transition. We currently have stock levels on our floor of various products in 36 roll pallets. We will no longer make any product for stock in a 36-roll pallet, but it will take us some time to work through the 36-roll pallets we have in inventory. It's unlikely we will be shipping any 30-roll pallets before the middle of April, but we would ask for your patience. Please continue to order based on 36-roll pallets until Customer Service alerts you that 36-roll pallets are no longer available. We apologize in advance if you need to change your PO at that time but once a product is converted to 30 roll pallets, it will be permanent.

At Polyguard, we continue to strive to offer high quality, innovative products and world-class customer service. That includes how we package our products and safety in handling our products both in our plant and your warehouse. We hope you see this change as a positive.

Tony Garone, Marketing Director,
Nate Brink, Sales Director,

Mechanical Division

Incl. (Photos)

My First Blog Post

Submitted by: Bo Young, Commercial Development Manager – Barrier Systems Division

Have you ever written a BLOG?

Well, I haven’t…this is my first attempt at blogging so hang with me. I’ll admit it’s a lot harder than is sounds. In fact, I had a case of “BLOGGERS BLOCK.” So, I turned to an expert. “Alexa, how do I write A BLOG?” Unfortunately, she wasn’t a lot of help. Why wasn’t this making any sense? Then it dawned on me why I had #BLOGBLOCK. I’m a Baby Boomer.

We didn’t grow up with blogs, or Smart Phones…and don’t get me started on those meme things. We had a phone in the kitchen, with a tangled ball of CORD that unwound itself long enough to stretch into the den for some privacy. It was a great feature when you were talking to someone that had “Friended” you at school. But the whole house could hear every word, and they listened. That was the topic of several therapy sessions.

Don’t get me wrong, progress is great. I acknowledge that as I sit in my jammies with my laptop Googling blogging – instead of getting in the car, popping in my favorite 8-track and driving to the big brick building with the words LIBRARY on the front.

I diligently continued my internet research until I found enough information to help me get started. One writing tip was to NOT let your blog “get fat.” Apparently, fat becomes the enemy of writing: Don’t aim to entertain by calling attention to itself. This theory should be relevant to Architects and Builders reading this; you don’t look at a beautiful building and just admire its nice roof, you look at it and admire all the little things that go into the entirety of the structure.

It’s a shame that some people don’t pay attention to the details. At TERM we appreciate that the Devil’s in the details. That’s because we understand what our details accomplish and the impact we have been having on buildings way before video chats, and Twitter. For over 60 years we’ve been manufacturing products that allow beautiful structures to remain beautiful.

Think for a minute what might happen if your structure could not depend on the important construction details Polyguard provides…like air & moisture barriers, TERM underlayments & foundation barriers, below grade waterproofing, window and door flashing. We know that before Unlimited Data Plans there was Polyguard, in all its deserved glory, manufacturing products that have established the groundwork for beautiful homes and buildings everywhere. I really don’t consider that fat; I consider that something to be extremely proud to be a part of…I know I am.

Whew…first blog box checked ?

First blog box checked!

Tre Bischof promoted to Assistant Manager – Pipeline Division

Polyguard is proud to announce the promotion of Tre Bischof to the Assistant Division Manager of Polyguard’s PipelineTre Bischof - Assistant Manager - Pipeline Division Division.  The move takes him from Polyguard’s headquarters in Ennis, Texas where Tre served as Polyguard’s Marketing Director to the Pipeline Division Headquarters in Houston, Texas.

Over the last four years, Bischof has been essential in elevating Polyguard’s brand and its nine different divisions.  The intricate knowledge he has gained is invaluable.  According to Polyguard President, Shawn Eastham, “it was a win-win situation for both the company and Tre.  From the first day Tre arrived at Polyguard I knew he was going to catapult to the highest levels of the company.  His drive, focus and desire to make Polyguard a great place to work is what we’re all about.”

Having grown up in Lousiana, the move allows Tre to be closer to family and the Cajun cooking he enjoys so well.

His duties as Assistant Division Manager include overseeing the sales, training, strategic planning, and growth of the division.  Tre will work hand in hand with veteran Division Manager Chic Hughes who has over 40 years experience in the Pipeline industry.

Tre came to Polyguard from the Ennis Daily News where he was the Publisher.  After 6 years of overseeing the fast-paced duties of a newspaper editor, he was persuaded to bring his expertise to Polyguard.

The Building Maker by David Leslie, RWC

September 2018 issue of RCI Interface magazine features an article by David Leslie, Polyguard’s Director of Technical Services & Product Management of the Architectural Division. His experience includes product development, contracting, and consulting. His 30 years of experience have provided him with a unique insight into numerous aspects of the building envelope. He is a published author, public speaker, expert witness, and holder of multiple patent applications. It is his core belief that there is no good reason for a building to leak, and he has devoted much of his career to keeping people dry. Find out why the Design/Bid/Build system does not work. [Click here for the full RCI article].

Air & Vapor Barrier Membranes that are 3-in-1

Submitted by Jill Heidorf   RCI, CSI, WWYWJill Heidorf 

We live in a world of “More is Better.”

When did simple products like paint, toothpaste, detergent, or deodorant, start to have multi uses? Think about it, practically everything on the shelf now has a dual, triple or even higher purpose for our convenience.  But you have to admit, you feel better when you buy a gallon of paint for the living room, and you don’t need to prime the walls first to cover the old color. And what about a detergent that fights stains, odors and safely whitens clothing, all in a squishy little pod. Wow, we have it good.

This innovation trend hasn’t escaped the Building Materials Industry. I’ve been in the business all my life, and I have marveled at how it has evolved. I remember when fluid-applied air barriers first hit the market. Before you knew it, the market became saturated with fluid membranes that were thin or thick mil, breathable or non-breathable, commercial or residential. It was confusing and a red-ocean market for anyone trying to sell an air barrier.

Well, my friend, Air Barriers are here to stay. They are the answer to the age-old problem of “How do I keep the outside air out and the inside air in?” Most products on the market are tested to ASTM standards for air and water leakage and puncture resistance. That makes sense, after all, they need to stay adhered and provide the function they are labeled for, “Air & Vapor Barrier.” But Mr. Air Barrier Maker what have you done for me lately? I mean, it is a great product, offering protection from outside air and vapor, but can’t it evolve into something greater? Where is my “multi-use” air barrier? Something that can keep all of it out; air, moisture, pests, nasty things that crawl and chew. If we can keep out all these things out, that would be a product that could revolutionize the industry.

Customers don’t just want waterproofing protection anymore; they want a product that can provide the added benefits of pest exclusion. Why should they accept that spiders, cockroaches, ants, mice, termites, (shall I continue?) be able to find ways into their structure if they have a decent Air & Vapor Barrier installed?

Air Barriers providing 3-in-1 benefits are going to be the next product innovation, and guess what? That product is already here. Customers are pretty educated; they are going to start asking if the Air & Vapor Barrier that their contractor specified has been tested to keep out pesky critters that can chew, bite or simply crawl their way inside.

More is better. It’s time to evolve my friend.