If a window isn’t installed properly, it won’t matter how energy efficient it is.
High performance wall assemblies are becoming more common as builders work to make homes more energy-efficient, and meet energy code requirements. But builders know attaching windows with rigid foam or mineral wool isn’t easy. Traditionally a wood buck is built to extend the mounting point, but wood can rot, warp, and shrink over time. It’s not easy to flash wood bucks, and be confident that you’ve got a good air & water seal to prevent moisture intrusion. Wood is a poor insulator, and allows thermal bridging around the rough openings, reducing the impact of the exterior insulation.
ThermalBuck solves the challenge of installing nail flange windows & doors with exterior insulation by extending the mounting point to create a flush plane for cladding. It also insulates the rough opening, limiting thermal bridging around windows & doors. Coated with a waterproof resin and secured to the rough opening with an air & water barrier sealant* and nails, it’s simple to install and easier to flash than a wood buck. ThermalBuck outperforms a traditional wood buck, and protects the integrity of your window & door installation.
The continuous insulation solution for the high-performance building envelope.
*We recommend ThermalBuck installation with DAP Dynaflex 800 Modified Polymer Sealant or Dow Corning 758 Silicone Sealant
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ThermalBuck Goes Rogue with Matt Risinger
Matt Risinger is a well-known talent in the building industry. Not only for his fine craftsmanship as high-end home-builder Risinger Homes, but also as a building science expert and educator.
Based in Austin, Texas, Matt appears at building events and trade shows across the U.S., and creates easy-to-follow, real-world content from his construction sites (that’s a lot of fun to watch) for his avid followers on social media.
Matt recently featured hosted a demo in Austin, “Hands-On Building Science: Window Installation with Exterior Insulation” featuring ThermalBuck on Risinger Goes Rogue, as a smart, simple solution to the challenges builders face when installing windows with continuous insulation.
ThermalBuck in Three Minutes
Watch this quick overview to show you how simple the ThermalBuck installation really is. It takes you through the basic steps from the Simple Installation Guide to install ThermalBuck. You’ll see how easy it is to get ThermalBuck installation right, window after window.
For more detailed versions of each step, watch the complete Step-by-Step Installation Series, including tips on cutting and how to integrate the WRB here.