When using TigerLoc®, insulation does not need to be tapered, which can save thousands of dollars in project labour costs. Installing window and door frames into TigerLoc® is also expedited and, as the building’s design becomes more energy efficient, operating costs will be reduced over the lifespan of the building.
Can TigerLoc® act as a fire barrier?
TigerLoc® can act as a fire barrier, protecting insulation within your concrete assembly. Standard TigerLoc® achieves VO standards under UL 94, which means that it self-extinguishes within 10 seconds after being exposed to fire contact.
How is TigerLoc® better than wood or a treated wood nailer?
Treated wood or wood in general should not be used in insulated concrete assemblies. Wood does not have a high R-Value, so your insulation values will be compromised. The combination of wood and moisture from the freshly poured concrete can also lead to rotting and/or failure of the wood nailer over time.
It has also been shown that the chemicals within treated wood counteract with both fasteners and aluminum materials, such as window frames, causing a chemical reaction that eats away at these materials. Ultimately, your window detail will be compromised by using wood or treated wood in your assembly.
Does TigerLoc's® thermal expansion and contraction differ from concrete's?
Yes, the proprietary materials that TigerLoc® is made out of expand and contract differently than concrete. This has been factored into the construction of TigerLoc®, so that the material is flexible enough to compensate for any differences in thermal expansion and contraction within the concrete and layers, while still providing a solid surface that can be fastened to.
What applications can TigerLoc® be used in?
TigerLoc® was developed to save costs, as well as to create more efficient building details for insulated concrete panels. This system can be used in tilt-up concrete construction, precast panel applications, as well as a cast-in-place and a variety of other applications within the concrete industry.
Are there any limitations to TigerLoc®?
TigerLoc® has been designed to work within concrete insulated panels as part of the envelope/insulation system and is used to provide both continuous insulation, as well as a solid surface for fastening window and door frames to. TigerLoc® is a thermal break product that is not intended to be used for structural considerations.
TigerLoc® was designed as a fire barrier to protect polystyrene insulation exposure on the inside of a structure and is not recommended for use in applications beyond this.
Please note, this product is currently in research and development. More product FAQs will become available once the product has been officially released.