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Thermablok® is a highly efficient, aerogel-based insulating material that breaks conductive "thermal bridging" and can increase the overall wall R-value by more than 40 percent. Thermablok aerogel insulation is made up of a composite material consisting of aerogel embedded within a fiberglass matrix. Available in self-adhesive strips that attach easily to the stud, Thermablok maintains its R-value over time, under a wide range of conditions.
Aerogel is an advanced material which holds 15 entries in the "Guinness Book of Records" for its unique properties, including lowest density solid and best insulator. Aerogel is a silica-based substance consisting of a loose dendritic network of the atom silicon. Aerogel is manufactured by removing the liquid from a silica alcogel and replacing it with nothing but air, which makes up 99.8 percent of the final product. Some aerogels have a density as low as .001 grams per cubic centimeter (.0005 ounces per cubic inch).
ThermaBlok® is a 3/8-inch (10mm) x 1½ -inch (38mm) wide strip available in four foot lengths. It is installed directly to the stud edge within the wall framing, before the installation of drywall. Thermablok is easily cut to size, and has a peel-and-stick backing for quick and simple installation.