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In Direct Comparisons: ShieldAll 1020 Mold Guard is the Consistent Leader

In Direct Comparisons: ShieldAll 1020 Mold Guard is the Consistent Leader

In head-to-head comparisons, ShieldAll 1020 is a consistent leader when compared to other antimicrobial coatings. ShieldAll 1020 has better coverage rates, better surface penetration, and has zero fungal growth rating.

It is important for the contractor and the consumer to compare products with similar claims but the comparison needs to compare apples to apples. To simply look at similarities and then  make a decision based on cost is not a valid comparison. Real variables exist. You need to take into consideration coverage rates, dry times and especially how effective is the product. There are also the hidden, below the surface variables. What about hidden costs? What about toxicity; is there a real danger in application?  Is the product compatible with the conditions you will find on the job? What hoops do you have to jump through to maintain a warranty?

Two products, Anabec X-70 and Fiberlock 6100 make similar claims to ShieldAll 1020. In fact, there are similarities. However, the difference in the products is found in coverage rates. In direct comparison testing using the ASTM D 5590 test, ShieldAll significantly out performed Anabec X-70 and had similar results with Fiberlock. It is when you analyze ratings with coverage rates, that the real difference is found. Anabec X-70 claims coverage rates up to 1000 ft2/gal. In direct comparison with ShieldAll 1200, Anabec X-70 failed at 1000 ft2/gal. coverage rates. ShieldAll outperformed it in coverage and in rating.

In direct comparison with Fiberlock, again using the ASTM D 5590 test, ShieldAll and Fiberlock achieved 0 ratings, the best rating you can achieve in this particular test. Again, to see any significant difference, one needs to look at coverage rates. To achieve the zero rating, Fiberlock needed to be applied at 300 ft2/gal. ShieldAll was applied at 900 and 1500 ft2/gal. and achieved the 0 rating. With Fiberlock priced at nearly $300.00 per 5 gallon pail, significant cost savings are apparent when using ShieldAll.

ShieldAll 1020 is a non-toxic, anti-microbial primer that can be used on wood, wall board, concrete, OSB and other construction surfaces. It has outstanding adhesion so future blistering, peeling and chipping are eliminated. For interior applications, one coat is required although 2 coats should be used over bare wood. It penetrates surfaces easily strengthening  and sealing porous and semi-porous surfaces. Overcoating ShieldAll 1020 is easy after 1 hour of dry time. It is non-toxic, cleans up like latex and is applied as easily as latex. No special training or special considerations are necessary for application.  Normal caution should be used. Simply protect your eyes and skin from paint blowback. Finally, ShieldAll has a 0 fungal growth rating based on  ASTM D 5590 testing, has outstanding coverage rates and is guaranteed for the life of the building. It is excellent for new construction but is also great for remediation and remodeling.

Anabec X-70 is priced at $231.00 to $255.00 per 5 gallon pail. It is dry to the touch in 2 hours however, it leaves a notable sheen so it is appropriate for only new building materials. It is also a 2 part system. Anabec’s Advanced Cleaning Solution must be used prior to applying X-70. However, Advanced Cleaning Solution is incompatible with Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC) which is used in sprinkling systems and newer plumbing lines.

Anabec offers a multi-level warranty system. The 30 year warranty is only good if an independent environmental contractor takes the samples and submits them to an independent testing lab, a costly, time consuming venture. Contractors must go through contractor qualification which includes on-line training and worker application training.

Fiberlock IAQ 6100 can be purchased at around $300.00 per 5 gallon pail. It does achieve a 0 fungal growth ratio based on ASTM D 5590 testing, however that test result was based on a 300 ft2/gal. coverage rate. Fiberlock also has toxicity issues that are not found in the ShieldAll line. OSHA  Hazard Communication Standard notes that Fiberlock IAQ 6100 has acute toxicity issues regarding inhalation of vapors and mists. It can also cause serious eye damage. Additionally, Fiberlock IAQ 6100 may require 2 coats for proper sealing and may require a primer over ferrous metal, wood or masonry block.

 

To Create More Time to Escape the Tragedy of Home Fires: Use ShieldAll 6023 Fire Guard

To Create More Time to Escape the Tragedy of Home Fires: Use ShieldAll 6023 Fire Guard

ShieldAll 6023 is an intumescent coating that will give any resident in a fire enough time to get to safety. ShieldAll6023 is a must for contractors who want to provide that extra bit of protection for their customers.

I received an interesting, albeit tragic article from ShieldAll Director of Sales, Kevin Miller. The article was published in the Friday, December 29 edition of the Minneapolis Star and Tribune. The basic thrust of the article was that fire caused deaths will be the greatest they have been in the State of Minnesota since 2002. Fire deaths have dropped from over 100 in the 1970’s due to better fire protection and education, however there is a spike in deaths this time of year due to holiday traditions and smoking.

One section of the article really should have caught the attention of anyone reading the article. A generation ago, you had 30 minutes to escape a fire. Today you have less than 4 minutes due to construction trends that incorporate lightweight construction materials.  According to State Fire Marshall Bruce West, “Today you’ve got three to 4 minutes [to escape]. You don’t have a lot of time to get out.”  So is there any way the average homeowner can increase the time allowed them to escape their home if fire breaks out? The answer is yes. A product does exist that can create the time you need to escape.

ShieldAll 6023 is a white water based intumescent (a substance that swells as a result of heat exposure) coating used in the interior of a structure over combustible construction materials. What happens is that ShieldAll 6023 forms a protective char over combustible materials which slows flame spread and smoke development. Essentially what 6023 does is buy the people in a home stricken by fire a significant time increase to escape the home safely.

Coverage rate for ShieldAll 6023 is 80-250 ft2 per gallon. However, by coating the most vulnerable areas to fire, 6023 becomes very cost effective. For instance, kitchens should be treated with 6023 as well as the wall that separates the garage and home. By coating where fire is statistically more likely to happen, the homeowner has drastically improved his or her chances of escaping a tragedy.

No one could wish a home fire on anyone but they do happen so you must be prepared. ShieldAll 6023 will provide the assurance that you have bought some time if the unthinkable does happen. A good construction plan that includes smoke detectors and fire remediation along with a good fire escape plan can be the difference.

ShieldAll 2020 Mold Guard: A Comprehensive Solution for Termites but So Much More

ShieldAll 2020 Mold Guard: A Comprehensive Solution for Termites but So Much More

ShieldAll 2020 is a hybrid coating that first stops wood boring insects, specifically termites in their tracks.You will be amazed what other protection you can get from ShieldAll 2020.

ShieldAll 2020 is a hybrid coating that first stops wood boring insects, specifically termites in their tracks.You will be amazed what other protection you can get from ShieldAll 2020.

Termites, carpenter ants, and other wood boring insects can cause immense damage to a wooden structure if they are not noticed or if they are neglected by contractors or homeowners. The damage in the USA by termites and boring insects is about $5 billion per year, most which is not covered by insurance. Termites are especially noxious because they can get into a structure through cracks or voids in the foundation wall, or under stucco walls. Contractors need to be on guard for visual damage by inspecting sills, floor joists, subfloors, windows, under porches, and cracks in concrete foundations, and where wooden surfaces join up with concrete foundations.

Subterranean termites usually work at night when more moisture is available. They create tunnels or tubes up walls from under-ground nests of about ¼ inch to 1” diameter made mostly of mud, up as high as 6 feet or more. They can create tunnels on concrete or stone as well as wood. They will make tunnels under-ground in their nest to create different rooms for the termites as the colony grows. The termites will also tunnel under the wood surface as they eat the cellulose with the tunnels running along with the wood grain. This leaves a thin veneer of wood on the surface.

Methods of controlling the termites includes a borate infusion treatment into the wood at the factory, or using a poison to treat the surrounding ground and entry points, or applying a termite mitigating borate coating to the exterior and interior surfaces that could be attacked. The problem with borate wood treatment is it is only as effective as the porosity of the wood being treated. The borate is water soluble, so it can be leached out in time in wet environments, or when exposed to rain and it cannot be used underground. Commonly used poisons that are spray applied are hazardous to use with an acute toxicity by inhalation or oral exposure, and have an extremely high hazard rating . Applicators need to have full body protection when spraying, while others need to be out of the vicinity of the application. Additionally, because of residual effects, these poison sprays are not recommended for interior applications. They can cause headaches, nausea, convulsions, flu-like symptoms and seizures. Finally, they need to be sprayed again every year to maintain full protection.

The best long term solution is to use a termite inhibiting coating on all potential affected surfaces. That coating exists. ShieldAll 2020 is a water based pest, mold, algae and even fire resistive coating that can be used to remediate contaminated structures. The key to remember is that it is non-toxic, low odor and provides superior protection. 2020 meets National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 90AA and 90B 25/50 requirements when tested by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) E-84.

ShieldAll 2020 application is as simple as applying latex paint and is really as safe as latex paint.  If the building that requires remediation is currently infested it will have to be exterminated before application to prevent further damage. Once the building is exterminated, ShieldAll 2020 can be applied by spray, brush or roll on applications.

The beauty of 2020 lies in it’s comprehensive applications. It will stop termites. It will stop mold and algae and it will restore the integrity to mold or water damaged wood. Beyond that it is a great surface primer and stain blocker. Essentially, with 2020 it is possible to eliminate 3 separate applications of coatings designed to do the job that 2020 can do in one. Remember, that one coating of 2020 has no toxicity. There is no poison. And there is no yearly reapplication. ShieldAll 2020 is a superior product that resists termites but does so much more.

 

Incorporate a Prebuild Coating to Prevent Mold and Termites

Incorporate a Prebuild Coating to Prevent Mold and Termites

Homebuilders could provide a very inexpensive layer of protection by incorporating a prebuild application of an anti-microbial coating on flooring, wall and bare roofing materials. By using ShieldAll 1020, mold and fungi issues would be eliminated for the lifetime of the building.

More and more Americans are concerned about indoor health quality and rightfully so. We tend to spend more time indoors simply because our heating and cooling systems create the environment that allows us to enjoy temperatures and humidity levels that are fairly consistent and can easily be regulated. However, newer building practices and materials have created tighter built homes and buildings that trap the air and moisture inside the building and if you have trapped indoor moisture and consistent indoor temperatures doing battle with variable temperatures and moisture levels outdoors, you are certainly inviting mold to grow.

Molds are an important part of nature and help to break down organic material according to the EPA. However, molds can be incredibly harmful to humans in an area that doesn’t breathe. Mold can lead to a variety of health issues including lung inflammation, sinus issues and allergic reactions which are very common. Literally millions of cases of asthma are directly attributable to damp conditions and exposure to mold in the home.

So what is going on in home building that creates an environment where mold can grow so easily?  The National Association of Home Builders says that 28 percent of homebuilders have mold issues during construction. That figure is understandable when you consider that the wood used for construction was probably a living tree 40 days prior to it’s use and that the average home has up to nine thousand gallons of water dropped on it before it can be closed to the elements. But there are other factors that can lead to mold issues in a newer home.

According to a favorite home maintenance blog, How to Look at a House, the number of locations where plumbing is used in a home is increased by 10X over older homes. Instead of one bathroom in an older home, a newer home typically has two full baths and a half bath. Concrete slabs eliminated crawl spaces thus eliminating a water barrier and improved vapor wraps do not allow the building to breathe. Roof construction techniques encourage varied roof lines. Although these are interesting to the eye, where gables intersect with the roof is precisely where they can fail allowing a water incursion that can be trapped in newer homes.

So what can we do? The SCS Truss Blog in a June 10, 2015 post had a list of suggestions. They included the inspection of shipped materials for excessive moisture and mold, storing materials under a roof or off the ground and waiting for good conditions before closing up a build. I would like to add one more.

Homebuilders could provide a very inexpensive layer of protection by incorporating a prebuild application of an anti-microbial coating on flooring, wall and bare roofing materials. By using ShieldAll 1020, mold and fungi issues would be eliminated for the lifetime of the building. If the building that is being protected is in the termite zone, ShieldAll 2020 applied 5 feet up the walls will provide complete protection against wood boring pests… but don’t stop there. An application  of ShieldAll 6023 in fire prone areas will give the homeowner the necessary time to exit a fire before the ultimate tragedy could occur.

Modern home building techniques and materials create modern home dwelling issues. Those issues can be mitigated for pennies on the dollar. Contact us at MyShieldAll.com. We can help create a healthy home environment and real peace of mind.

 

When You Need a Simple Solution to a Massive Mold Problem: Turn to ShieldAll 1020 Mold Guard.

When You Need a Simple Solution to a Massive Mold Problem: Turn to ShieldAll 1020 Mold Guard.

When Your Job Requires a Non-Toxic, easy to use coating solution, turn to ShieldAll 1020. Prevent mold in the toughest conditions with a product that will not harm the applicator or the resident.

It was going to happen sooner rather than later. The first article on mold following the devastation of Harvey appeared on a national news service. It had to happen because mold will present huge, fundamental problems for those in East Texas so it is newsworthy. But just try to wrap your brain around this; the magnitude of the problem is just mind boggling.

Mold requires three things to thrive. There must be a source of moisture, there must be a source of organic matter and there must be proper temperatures to germinate the mold spores. All of these conditions exist in Spades in East Texas. The mind boggling aspect of this all is the magnitude of the cleanup. Mold can attach itself to any wooden surface, carpets and drywall. The majority of surfaces found in modern home construction consist of these 3 items, all mold targets and there is literally thousands upon thousands of homes that will be impacted.

So what will happen? To make these home habitable again the mold must be cleaned up. Mold can cause health issues including viral lung infections. Prolonged exposure to mold, therefore is a major health issue. But more must be done than just removing the mold. The moisture that created the mold must be abated…all organic surfaces must be dried or replaced before the mold can be stopped and prevented. If organic surfaces are not dried, the mold will return. Without question. But prevention involves more than drying or replacing organic surfaces and that is where we step in.

To handle the job that is facing East Texas requires a simple, almost elegant solution. Once the mold has been removed and the organic surfaces dried, a preventative coating can be applied that will mitigate further mold contamination. SheildAll 1020 , SheildAll 1200 and SheildAll 2020 all have properties that will stop the growth of mold. In the case of SheildAll 2020 additional protection from boring insects, including termites is also included. The simple, elegant part of these products is that they are non-toxic and incredibly safe and easy to use. By using SheildAll products, you eliminate the need for staff training because of ease of use and no toxins, you eliminate the need for specialized equipment and best of all you eliminate mold by stopping it at the source. SheildAll really is a win/win for all concerned.

 

Combat Moisture Issues: With ShieldAll 1020 Mold Guard

Combat Moisture Issues: With ShieldAll 1020 Mold Guard

Contractors are in need of a product that will guarantee the protection that is needed in tough environments. ShieldAll 1020 and ShieldAll 1200 battle the real fungal issues that moisture creates on a job site.

Moisture is the number one problem contractors face in building todays tightly built wood framed homes. In fact, virtually all problems with wood based buildings are moisture issues. The contractor must consider all of the homes operating systems as they construct the building. Moisture elevation consideration must be given when venting the home, and installing HVAC systems that bring in and then eliminate moisture and even wrapping the home so heat is retained but moisture can escape.

At a moisture content of 19% or less, wood is considered dry. At  a moisture content 20% or above decay and staining can occur. Mold can begin to form when the moisture content reaches 20%. Wood indoors tends to stabilize at about 8% to 14% moisture content, however, there are areas of the home that suffer from high humidity problems simply because the systems incorporated to keep moisture at reasonable levels in homes do not reach every nook and cranny of the home.

These are the areas the contractor must consider as the home is being built. High moisture levels in a home can mean mold and once that mold hits, remediation is expensive so it only makes sense to incorporate a pound of prevention into the contractors thought process. It is a given that high moisture levels will exist in new construction until operating systems can bring that internal level into the 8% to 14% moisture content range. The argument then, is that the contractor should incorporate a mold inhibitor into the home at the time of construction to prevent mold from starting in crawl spaces where humidity levels can soar, in exposed floor joists and on drywall especially in the bathrooms and the kitchen. Further, that argument should include the need for surface coatings that are easy to use, are non-toxic and can serve a dual purpose as a primer and stain blocker.

SheildAll 1020 and SheildAll 1200 meet the requirements for a coating that provides long term mold resistance, eliminates blistering, peeling and chipping caused by high moisture levels and is an excellent stain blocker.  If the home being built is in a climate where termites exist, 2020 Pest Guard is the answer. It provides great pest protection and all of the mold and stain blocking protection of SheildAll 1020 and 1200. When you consider the cost of remediating a mold issue and when you consider that moisture at high levels will be present during new construction it only makes sense to protect yourself and your client by incorporating SheildAll products into your building protocols. Contact Kevin Miller at (612) 839-5290 for help in locating a SheildAll representative.

 

 

Consider ShieldAll 6023 Fire Guard: When Choosing a Fire Retardant

Consider ShieldAll 6023 Fire Guard: When Choosing a Fire Retardant

ShieldAll 6023 provides a clear, considerably less expensive alternative to fire control. ShieldAll 6023 is non-toxic and adaptable to any building style.

“Fires today move quickly…I think the concept that the fire department will come and save you all the time is a myth.”, said Vince MacKenzie, a director with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs. MacKenzies’s Association wants wider use of residential sprinter systems to combat fires.

The reason MacKenzie and his Association are advocating for residential sprinklers is because MacKenzie says that, “It takes less time time for a room to flash over. At one time it took 15 minutes for flash over, now it is under 3 minutes.” The reason for less time for flash over to occur is because of the way new homes are constructed. MacKenzie believes that the open concept plan used in new construction as well as furnishings that are made from petroleum based materials that are highly flammable all contribute to increased flash over speeds. A Director with The National Research Council of Canada agrees. Phillip Rizcallah believes that fires do spread quicker and sprinklers would help but he also maintains that using fire resistant materials between floors and walls, sealing exposed wood and using more doors will create more time for inhabitants to escape a burning home.

And that is where ShieldAll 6023 Fireguard comes in. Based on the ASRM E-84 Tunnel Test, ShieldAll 6023 is a Class A Product fire retardant that slows the growth of flames and smoke development. What 6023 does is it forms an expanded protective carbon char in a fire that significantly inhibits flame spread and smoke development. 6023 will give victims of a fire  the time they need to escape a home fire.

ShieldAll 6023 is a flexible product that has great adhesion to wood, OSB, drywall, and concrete. Because of it’s versatility it can be used efficiently in areas that are susceptible to fire such as a wall separating the garage from the house or attic spaces.

Director Rizcallah said, “The objective…is to improve safety in an effective and affordable way that works for everyone.” Sprinklers are expensive, adding up to 2 percent in additional cost for new construction and up to 5 percent in additional costs for remodels. A viable alternative exists at a much more reasonable cost.  See what ShieldAll 6023 can do for you by visiting MyShieldAll.com. Fire risks are real and ShieldAll can provide you with peace of mind at an affordable cost.

Information provided by David Burke, CBC News in “Rise in fast burning house fires heats up calls for sprinklers in homes.” Jan. 14, 2018

 

ShieldAll 6023: A Real Time Solution to Fire Control

ShieldAll 6023: A Real Time Solution to Fire Control

Taking that extra step to protect the consumer is just good business. Adding a fire retardant gives the consumer that little extra security. ShieldAll 6023 is a fire retardant that provides passive fire protection. It is a water based, intumescent  coating  meaning that the coating actually swells just before ignition and forms a char that greatly reduces the spread of flame and smoke.

The truth of the matter is that most homes in the U.S. are made of wood. Yes, you will find brick or stone veneer exteriors on homes and even metal studs that replace wood studs in the interiors but the majority of the construction material used in framing the new home will be wood and for several very good reasons.

Most homes are built from wood because wood is cheap. It costs less to produce than brick or steel and is considerably lighter to handle, making wood the less costly material to use in home construction. Wood also has built in fire retardant qualities that allows fires to be slowed down when they do start and you must know that fires will start since there is really no building material that is fire resistant (Clay Risen).

Since fire resistant materials do not exist, the key is to build with the idea that a fire can be slowed down so occupants can leave the building safely. Still, residential fires kill 2500 people per year in the U.S. (Jane McGrath). That astounding figure brings me to a couple of important questions. What if a cheap fire retardant existed that could be safely used, was not toxic and produced seriously great results? Would a contractor not use that product to provide a cheap insurance policy for a homeowner and peace of mind for himself? In fact that product does exist and it has proven test results to back up any claims that it can slow down a fire event.

Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) cannot prevent wood from catching fire but by creating a slow char right before the moment of ignition, FRTW significantly reduces the burn and actually works better than other building materials like brick and steel in mitigating fires. ShieldAll 6023 is a fire retardant that provides passive fire protection. It is a water based, intumescent  coating  meaning that the coating actually swells just before ignition and forms a char that greatly reduces the spread of flame and smoke. During the demanding ASTM E-84 test, 6023 achieved a Class A Flame Spread rating. By using 6023 in construction, contractors can use combustible materials where Building Codes call for a Class A rating.

ShieldAll 6023 was created for interior applications. It readily bonds to wood, OSB, drywall and concrete, creating a primer base on material that blocks stains and odors, while eliminating blistering, peeling, cracking and chipping. Like other ShieldAll products it is safe to use, it is non-toxic and it cleans up like latex paint. It is this combination of qualities that makes ShieldAll 6023 a no brainer for the contractor to use.

The coverage rate of coverage for 6023 is 80-250 ft2 per gallon. A newly constructed home with the wall between the garage and the rafters coated with ShieldAll 6023 will cost about $300.00. Add to that a primer coat of 1020 on interior walls and 1200 in the kitchen and bathroom and for approximately $1000.00, the contractor has mitigated mold issues in the newly framed house and has provided a proven fire retardant for the home owner.

The use of Fire Retarded Treated Wood is an important construction trend right now. ShieldAll 6023  is a proven product that will help any contractor provide more bang for the buck in new home construction. We would love to talk with you. Visit us at MyShieldAll.com.