AQUABLOC® Gypsum Board
AquaBloc® gypsum wallboard is a specially processed panel, intended to provide a moisture resistant base for the adhesive application of ceramic or plastic tile and plastic-faced wall panels in limited wet areas, e.g., bathrooms, powder rooms, kitchens, laundry, and utility rooms. AquaBloc is manufactured using a 100% recycled green face paper, treated to resist moisture; a water-resistant gypsum core, and a sturdy liner back paper also treated to resist moisture. AquaBloc is available in: 1/2” panels with a non-rated moisture resistant core and a 5/8” FireBloc (Type X) moisture resistant core for use in fire-rated assemblies.
AquaBloc is not to be used in areas with direct exposure to water or continuous high humidity, e.g., tiled tub and shower surrounds, saunas, steam rooms, gang showers or indoor swimming pools.
With changes in the 2015 edition of the IBC (International Building Code) water resistant gypsum wallboard, like AquaBloc is treated like any other panel in regards to sag resistance when installed on a ceiling. Revisions found in the 2015 IBC allow for thefollowing when AquaBloc is applied to ceilings:
• 1/2” AquaBloc may be installed up to 24”o/c when no texture is applied.
• 1/2” AquaBloc may be installed up to 16”o/c when texture is your final finish.
• 5/8” AquaBloc may be installed up to 24”o/c with or without texture applied.
American Gypsum products contain no asbestos and no detectable levels of formaldehyde.
AquaBloc gypsum wallboard was designed to provide a moisture resistant base for the adhesive application of ceramic or plastic tile and plastic-faced wall panels in limited wet areas, e.g., bathrooms, powder rooms, kitchens, laundry, and utility rooms. This panel may be extended beyond the area to be tiled, and finished with traditional joint treatment finishes. AquaBloc gypsum wallboard is designed for direct attachment by screws and or nails to wood framing, screws to metal framing and can be used in fire rated assemblies.
With joints covered, AquaBloc gypsum wallboard will resist the passage of smoke. For additional information on smoke barriers, refer to Gypsum Association publication, “Building and Inspecting Smoke Barriers” (GA-618).
AquaBloc® gypsum wallboard has achieved UL Environment’s GREENGUARD GOLD Certification. GREENGUARD Certified products are scientifically proven to meet some of the world’s most rigorous, third-party chemical emissions standards, helping reduce indoor air pollution and the risk of chemical exposure while aiding in the creation of healthier indoor environments. For more information, visit www.ul.com/gg
|1/2" (12.7mm)||4' (1219mm)||8'-12' (2438mm-3658mm)||Tapered|
|5/8" (15.9mm)||4' (1219mm)||8'-12' (2438mm-3658mm)||Tapered|
Special lengths or edges may be available on special order. Consult your American Gypsum sales representative for details.
Storage and Handling
Gypsum board does not generate or support the growth of mold when it is properly transported, stored, handled, installed, and maintained. However, mold spores are present everywhere and when conditions are favorable; mold can grow on practically any surface. GYPSUM BOARD MUST BE KEPT DRY to prevent the growth of mold.
Gypsum board must be stored in an area that protects it from adverse weather conditions, condensation, and other forms of moisture. Job site conditions that can expose gypsum board to water or moisture must be avoided.
Gypsum board must be protected during transit with a weather-tight cover in good condition. Plastic shipping bags are intended to provide protection during transit only and must be promptly removed upon arrival of the load. Failure to remove the shipping bag can increase the likelihood of developing conditions favorable to the growth of mold.
Gypsum board that has visible mold growth must not be used. For additional information, refer to Gypsum Association publication,
"Guidelines for the Prevention of Mold Growth on Gypsum Wallboard" (GA-238).
Gypsum board must be stored off the ground and under protective cover. Sufficient risers must be used to assure support for the entire length of the wallboard to prevent sagging.
Gypsum board must be delivered to the job site as near to the time it will be used as possible. Individuals delivering gypsum board to jobsites should ensure that it is carried, not dragged, to place of storage/installation to prevent damage to finished edges.
Gypsum board shall always be stacked flat - NEVER on edge or end. Gypsum board stacked on edge or end is unstable and presents a serious hazard should it accidentally topple. Gypsum board should be placed so weight is evenly distributed and the floor is not overloaded.
ASTM C 1396 section 7 (C 630)
Federal Specification SS-L-30D Type VII (1/2" non-rated moisture resistant core)
Federal Specification SS-L-30D Type VII Grade X (5/8" Type X moisture resistant core)
ASTM C 840
Gypsum Association GA-216
|Surface Burning Characteristics||
ASTM E 84
Flame Spread 0
Smoke Developed 0
Fire Resistance Ratings
Our products can contribute to the following credits within the Materials and Resources (MR) category.
- LEED MR Credit 2: Construction Waste Management
- LEED MR Credit 4: Recycled Content
- LEED MR Credit 5: Regional Materials
Our products can contribute to the following credit within the Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) category.
- LEED IEQ Credit 4.6: Low-Emitting Materials - Ceiling and Wall Systems (SCHOOLS ONLY)
To learn more please click the LEED link at right.