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Gold-Wall Installation Trick and Tips
How is Gold-Wall attached to concrete/masonry substrate?
Fastening Gold-Wall into Concrete or Masonry substrates can be done a variety of methods depending on the desired result. Automatic powered devices can offer the ability of an even faster installation time. Holding power of the fastener maybe a consideration depending on the application, please consult your fastener manufacture for correct installation.
Can I attach drywall to the Gold-Wall metal Stud?
Fastening Drywall To The Gold-Wall Metal Studs
Fastening drywall to the metal studs is common practice. In fact, in some application it may be code. (Check with your local code officials) Attaching drywall is very easy to the embed Gold-Wall studs. Fine thread drywall screws are recommended for use with Gold-Wall. When preparing interior corners for finishing, you may use metal, tape or formed paper corner strips. When preparing exterior corners for finishing, use only tape or formed paper corners.
How do you run electric with Gold-Wall?
Running Electric With Gold-Wall
Running electric for Gold-Wall is fairly easy. Most contractors agreed that installing all the electrical first is the best method. After the electrical installation is complete, use a tool knife, router or some other method to cut out small channels on the back side of the Gold-Wall.
Trace the outline of the electrical box unto the Gold-Wall sheet and cut out using a hot knife, reciprocating saw or other suitable method. Install panel per instructions. Take special care not to fasten or cut through any electrical. (Please consult an electrician for assistance) Keep in mind the thickness of the insulation in regards to the box being flush to the final plane. Wood spacers could be used to extend the electrical boxes depth.
Can siding or other exterior claddings be used with Gold-Wall?
Exterior Cladding of Gold-Wall
With the new Energy Codes, many builders are looking for opportunities to use more insulation to pass code. Gold-Wall can provide thicker exterior insulation (high r-value) possibilities due to Gold-Wall having an embedded metal stud. Engineered and installed properly, Gold-Wall Studs can provide a new mounting surface for various types of cladding such as vinyl, stone, metal, wood or cement fiberboard. (consult cladding manufacture for installation methods)
Gold-Wall combines the proven performance of rigid expanded polystyrene insulation with the structural intercity of steel furring strips to provide an ideal substrate of many of todays exterior claddings and finishes.
Can Gold-Wall’s exterior laminate be used as a vapor retarder?
Gold-Wall As A Vapor Retarder
Depending on the application required, Gold-Wall’s exterior laminate can be used as a vapor retarder if the joints or “holes” are appropriately taped. This method works well as an outdoor application to replace house wrap. (Consult a moisture management consultant for best practices on applications)
Condensation and or trap moisture can create problems in building structures. Gold-Wall offers a low perm rating of 0.07 which can be very useful in some applications. Gold-Wall can also come with the lamination perforated for flow through. (Consult a moisture management consultant for best practices on applications)
How can I get even more R-Value from the Gold-Wall System?
Increase Gold-Wall System R-Value
In certain situations, additional R-value may be needed in a system beyond Gold-Wall’s dimension performance. Gold-Wall unique attachment method allows additional inner insulation to be install to accomplish a higher system R-value. Proper attachment methods are essential in using this add-on method. (consult fastener manufacture)
The benefits of additional R-value can help a owner reduce energy cost and create a healthy environment. The other benefit of installing a second layer of insulation is the ability to offset insulation joints. Any small joint gaps between the insulation can be covered by Gold-Wall providing an even more efficient system.
Can Gold-Wall be installed in either direction?
Vertical or Horizontal Installation of Gold-Wall
Gold-Wall can be installed vertical or horizontally to accomplish a variety of advantages. It may be faster to install in a certain direction on specific project. It may become helpful for the studs to be in a certain position for fastening purposes. It may even be useful to mix and match Gold-Wall board in a pattern to accomplish a specific result.
Depending on what you put on top of Gold-Wall, there may be an advantage to running the boards vertically or horizontally. When drywalling, most contractor hang the gypsum board horizontally for a variety of reasons. If an exterior application of Gold-Wall is used with metal panels, the metal may be installed vertically. Design consideration may dictate a better orientation to install Gold-Wall to get maximum benefit.
Does Gold-Wall need to be covered?
Local code and application dictates whether Gold-Wall needs to be covered. Most building codes in the U.S require any foam insulation to be cover due to the combustible characteristics. (check with your local building inspector)
In exterior application, it is recommended to cover or conceal Gold-Wall to protect the material from UV degradation from sunlight.
How do I cut Gold-Wall to size?
Cutting Gold-Wall To Size
Cutting Gold-Wall is rather simple to accomplish with many common tools. Most power saws can work to cut the foam and the steel stud. For a more clean and precise cut on the foam, a hot knife works great and eliminates the insulation cutting debris
Cordless Hot Knife
Can I get it with Graphite Polystyrene (GPS) insulation?
Gold-Wall With High R-value Insulation
Plymouth Foam is now making Gold-Wall with High R-Value Graphite Polystyrene (GPS) insulation. This new innovative GPS insulation product has infused high-purity graphite particles into foam beads which gives the insulation its distinctive dark grey color. The graphite particles reflect and absorb energy and significantly improves insulation capacity by up to 30%.
GPS Insulation is the next generation of rigid foam insulation material. Just like standard EPS, GPS Insulation has low water absorption, the ability to expel moisture and yet holding its r-value even when wet. Learn More This high R-Value material can make Gold-Wall even better. What is the R-Value? GPS Gold-Wall is being manufactured with minimum quantities requirements call us today for more information.