“Familiarizing the Unfamiliar” by Luc Perrad

Familiarizing the UnfamiliarWorld Pipelines article February 2017 discusses how non-shielding coating is being introduced into the European and African pipeline markets.

While the differentiation can shock those who are familiar with standardization, it is the key to innovation. If manufacturers are not innovating, they are merely competing in a commoditised market on pricing. Eventually, in may cases, quality decreases as price takes over as a dominant factor. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate that a differentiated coating system can be more advanced in its design.

Polyguard specializes in products that protect surfaces and structures from moisture, water and other undesired substances., In 1998, Polyguard's pipeline division introduced the Polyguard RD-6® pipeline coating to the US market. It is the first pipeline coating to address the problem of cathodic protection (CP) shielding and is a wrapping material that comprises a continuous layer of cold-flowable rubberized bitumen, bonded to a non-elastic polypropylene mesh backing.

While RD-6 coating has been, and still is, successfully used in the North American market, it is now also available worldwide. Since 2014, RD-6 has been being introduced into the Western European market along with key countries in Africa.

Introducing RD-6 to these markets has been particularly challenging because they are driven by European and ISO standards. These standards refer primarily to polyethylene (PE) materials, which the RD-6 coating does not contain.

The German Deutsches Institute for Normung (DIN) was one of the first organizations to publish standards in Europe. In 1975, DIN was made the national normalization institute to represent German interests at European and international levels. Its standards, such as DIN 30670 for main line coatings and DIN 30672 for field applied coatings, are specifically fit for extruded PE and cold or hot applied PE tapes and shrinkable materials.

The European Committee for Standardization publishes European norms (EN). For field applied coatings, EN12068 (published in August 1998) is largely based on the requirements of DIN 30672. Similar to DIN 30672, EN12068 standard fits perfectly for PE materials.

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TERM® Barrier Systems Become GreenPro Partner

ENNIS, TX – TERM Barrier Systems by Polyguard Products Inc. is now a GreenPro Partner.

The National Pest Management Association’s GreenPro program is the world’s largest and most credible green certification program for pest management professionals. GreenPro recognizes companies within the pest management industry that are committed to providing commercial and residential customers with reduced risk, comprehensive, and effective pest control services.

The GreenPro Partner designation allows the TERM Barrier System to be used as a tool by builders, architects, and GreenPro PartnerQualityPro certified Pest Management Professionals in a pest prevention strategy. For more information on the TERM Barrier System and ways in which it may be integrated into a GreenPro program, please visit www.polyguardbarriers.com.

Founded in 1953, Polyguard produces materials to protect buildings from moisture, corrosion, and energy leaks. Polyguard’s TERM Barriers, the latest innovation, means that buildings can have insect exclusion added to the moisture, corrosion, and energy leak protection. Polyguard is 100% employee owned, and has generated 24 successive years of sales increases since 1992. [Read More...]

Plastics help keep termites out of the New American Home

Plastics help keep termites out of the New American Home

New American HomeOrlando, Fla. - Walk inside the New American Home (TNAH) 2017 and a couple steps beyond the entry area you find yourself outside again...

Polyguard CEO John Muncaster said the wrap, which was developed with entomologists at Texas A&M University, has a thick polyethylene backing to keep bugs, particularly termites, at bay. The top layer is made of a polypropylene fabric so concrete can bond with the fibers if it’s used as a barrier for the underslab, which is a common entry point for subterranean termites. A proprietary sealant is used to hold the plastic fiber and film together.

“This has been tested long term in the lab and in the field and it resists termites,” Muncaster said. “We don’t why. We don’t know everything about what makes them tick.”

The combination of the sealant and two plastics simply can’t be penetrated by voracious-eating termites. The three materials seem to have sound-deadening qualities for the insects, and that could be factor, Muncaster said, or it could be related to the barrier’s odor and moisture control.

“We’re putting the house in a sealant bag, really,” he said. “Not only the bottom, where so many insects come in, but up the walls at the seams there can be openings. Our goal is to seal all gaps wherever possible. You can almost keep all insects out.”

In new construction, if incorporated into the design stage, the Term system can seal plumbing openings, bath traps, base flashing, window flashing, vent holes, flooring underlayment and joints in addition to foundation and underslab barriers. No system can keep out every bug, but this one comes close, Muncaster said.

In remodeled houses, the Term system can protect sill plates, seam and window flashing, underlayments for replaced floors, and more if it’s a major renovation.

“We think it has the potential to take sustainable construction up another level and help people live better and more comfortably,” Muncaster said, noting that water and energy conservation have long been goals of green builders. “We’ve got something new. I don’t think anybody in America has ever taken a systems look at construction to exclude insects and other pests. That’s what we’re doing.”

Polyguard’s barrier system also was used at the 4,631-square-foot the New American Remodeled Home (TNARH), which NAHB did this year for the first time since 2007. It’s in the same gated community. [read more...]

TERM® Barrier Systems Adds Sustainability in New American Home Project

ENNIS, TX – TERM® Barrier Systems by Polyguard Products Inc., a sustainable non chemical insect barrier system, is installed in The New American Home Build, which will be unveiled at the annual International Builders Show in Orlando, Fla. this week.

TERM Barriers are building envelope components which in addition to providing protection against moisture and energy leaks, provide barriers to block insects, including subterranean termites, from entering the home. TERM Barrier testing began at Texas A&M University in 1999, and has expanded to other major universities in the southeastern United States.

Products installed in the new home build and/or the renovated home included the TERM Sealant Barrier, TERM Full Bath Trap Barrier, TERM Flooring Underlayment Barrier, and TERM Particle Barrier. More details can be found online at https://polyguardproducts.com/term/architects/tnah/.

The New American Home is a real-world laboratory demonstrating concepts, builder’s best practices, energy efficiency, NAHB green building, building materials designs and construction techniques that can be replicated – in whole or in part – in housing built in any place and in any price range. This year’s home, designed by Phil Kean Design Group, was completed in about 10 months, and normally would take anywhere between 18 and 24 months to complete.

For more information about The New American Home, visit www.tnah.com or by searching The New American Home 2017 on YouTube. [Read More…]

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Polyguard Records 24th Consecutive Year of Sales Growth

ENNIS, TX – Polyguard Products Inc. announced that 2016 will mark its 24th consecutive year of top line sales growth for the company.

“Polyguard’s 24-year string of top line sales growth increases was certainly not a goal,” CEO John Muncaster said. “It started in 1992, and at that point Polyguard was just trying to survive the early 1990s recession and the fire which has destroyed our plant, lab, and offices two years before.”

“We don’t know of any firm who can match this 24-year string of consecutive sales growth. As to ‘why’, the answer is clear to us. Polyguard’s tagline is ‘innovation based…. employee owned…. expect more’. Our constant stream of innovative products, and our ‘above and beyond’ employee owners, are the reasons for the constant growth.”

Muncaster said Polyguard is looking forward to hitting a landmark by increasing sales yet again in 2017.

“A string of increases in sales growth may not have been a Polyguard goal in 1992, but it is a goal in 2017, because a 2017 increase will give us a full quarter century of consecutive sales growth.”

Founded in 1953, Polyguard Products specializes in products which protect surfaces and structures from moisture, water, or other undesired substances. Polyguard is an industry leader in the production of self-adhesive protective coatings for engineering and construction. [Read More…]

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Tinted Adhesive Enhancement to Alumaguard® All-Weather

Since its introduction, Alumaguard® All-Weather has been widely accepted for its ease of use in cold weather applications and sales continue to grow as more and more end users become aware of its benefits.

With that in mind we will introduce a product improvement in the first quarter of 2017 which is designed to improve our manufacturing reliability and also offer the end user assurance that the final product has an adequate adhesive layer.

As you know the current product is constructed with a metalized polyester film coated with clear acrylic adhesive and a clear polyester release liner. So when you view the side of the product that adheres to the substrate, you see a shiny foil surface. You cannot see the clear acrylic adhesive or the clear polyester release liner. Beginning in the early first quarter, we will be tinting the adhesive a pink color so that when you view the underside of the membrane, it will appear pink.

Tinting the adhesive will in no way change the performance of the adhesive but it will help minimize manufacturing errors and it will provide the end user assurance that the membrane has the proper adhesive coating if the pink color appears uniform and consistent throughout.

We intend to use all of our existing raw materials before switching to the tinted adhesive and expect the transition to begin in mid-to late January 2017.

Thank you for your support of Alumaguard® products. [Read more…]

State of Texas Identifies Polyguard Expansion as Enterprise Project

Polyguard Corsicana TX location - Before imageENNIS, TX – The State of Texas announced recently that Polyguard Products’ Corsicana expansion plans have been approved as an enterprise project. The application was filed in conjunction with the City of Corsicana and it detailed expansion plans at the new facility, which more than doubles Polyguard’s manufacturing capabilities.

According to a statement released by the state, Polyguard’s capital investment is just under $12 million and at least 50 new jobs will come to Corsicana. As an enterprise project, Polyguard qualifies for refunds based on job creation. The designation is effective from Sept. 1, 2016 until Sept. 1, 2021.
Polyguard announced in March its intention to move the majority of its manufacturing operation to Corsicana at the old Anchor Glass facility located on Hwy. 287. Polyguard plans to open the Corsicana facility in 2017.

Founded in 1953, Polyguard Products specializes in products which protect surfaces and structures from moisture, water, or other undesired substances. Polyguard is an industry leader in the production self-adhesive protective coatings for engineering and construction. Polyguard is also a 100% employee-owned ESOP with 23 consecutive years of sales growth. [Read More…]


Polyguard Entomologist Elected to PCO Board

ENNIS, TX – Cassie KrejciCassie Krejci, Ph.D., a technical sales and research associate for Polyguard Products’ TERM Barrier Division was elected to the Pi Chi Omega Board of Directors during the National Pest Management Association’s annual Pest World Expo.

Pi Chi Omega is a national fraternity for pest control professionals, including entomologists, corporate technical directors, researchers and vertebrate pest specialists, among others. The fraternity was initiated in 1950 and is comprised of nearly 350 members, representing 38 states and four foreign countries.

“I learned about Pi Chi Omega during my time as a Ph.D. student at Texas A&M University,” Krejci said. “My advisor, Dr. Roger Gold, urged me to apply for the fraternity’s annual scholarship. During college, I was active in Texas A&M student entomology club, as well as the Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America.”

A goal of Pi Chi Omega is attracting students and young professionals to its membership.

“As a member of the Pi Chi Omega Board of Directors, I aim to reach to groups we may not have reached in the past to drive our purpose of pest industry education,” she said. [read more…]

Lance Lee named as Polyguard’s Highway Division Manager

October 2016 – Please join me in congratulating Lance Lee on his promotion to Polyguard’s Highway Division Manager. Lance has 25 years’ experience in sales and distribution and has been with Polyguard since 2010. He most recently served as the Technical Manager for our Architectural Division, where he helped us modernize our technical documents and reorganize our technical service team. His efforts were instrumental in helping us land several large waterproofing projects including the new Viking’s stadium in Minnesota.

Lance’s new job scope will include P&L responsibility for Polyguard’s Highway Division and the day to day management of our key customers and independent rep network. Alan Berry will still be involved with Polyguard’s Highway Division and will continue to represent Polyguard in the State of Georgia, with key accounts in both Missouri and Colorado, and our Highway Private Label Business.

Lance will assume his new responsibilities effective immediately. His contact information is llee@polyguard.com or 615-406-3940. We are excited about our future and have made a strategic decision to add company resources to strengthen our Highway Division.

Additionally, Grant Hood is our Customer Service Representative assigned to assist our Highway Division customers. If you need assistance with an order, Grant can be contacted at (469) 334-4179 or sales@polyguard.com.

We appreciate doing business with you and strive to create a win/win situation with all of our customers. Feel free to contact me at (214) 515-5000 or at seastham@polyguard.com if you have any concerns, questions, or suggestions.


Shawn Eastham, President Polyguard Products, Inc.

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TERM® Insect Barriers to be Featured in Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt™

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 26, 2016) – Polyguard Products Inc. announces that its TERM Pest Barriers will be showcased in the Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt™ demonstration home at the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Los Angeles, and will be available for in-person discovery tours for conference attendees on Wednesday, Oct. 5 and Thursday, Oct. 6. The home will also be available nationwide via the online virtual tour beginning Oct. 5.

The Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt, presented by Hanley Wood in partnership with KB Home (NYSE:KBH), BUILDER Magazine, KTGY Architecture + Planning, and the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Virginia Tech, is designed to serve as an unprecedented time-travel look ahead to the years 2020 and 2050 as a way to bring new perspective and strategic scenario-planning opportunities to builders and consumers alike. The display at the 2016 Greenbuild Conference and Expo will boast vignettes that feature assemblies and systems, home tours, interactive educational features and a digital wall display. [read more...]