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DRICORE SMARTWALL®

DRICORE SMARTWALL allows the average DIY’er to finish their basement faster, with more convenience and higher-quality than the professionals

Features & Benefits

All-in-one DRICORE SMARTWALL panel is 3x faster to install than traditional framing, insulation and drywalling
Consistent, longer-lasting and higher quality finish
29% more energy efficient than traditional framing rated at R-15.1
Protects against moisture entering the home
Leaves less mess during install with 75% less mudding and sanding when installing with DRICORE Patch Pro
Slimmer profile to maximize space
Backed by industry certifications

Help Create The Best Living Space For Your Family

Product Overview

 DRICORE SMARTWALL provides a consistent, longer-lasting and higher quality finished basement. The patented all-in-one modular wall system maintains strict production requirements on the insulation, OSB, and drywall. The edge of the panels are micro-beveled producing seams that are almost invisible to the eye.  The engineered tongue & groove design is less susceptible to warping and DRICORE SMARTWALL uses only 1/10th of the screws to install compared to traditional framing, which results in less potential screw pops. Plus, the slimmer profile maximizes your living space.

 DRICORE SMARTWALL is an engineered all-in-one panel that is 70% faster to install than traditional framing. The panels include Easy Wire Channels, making running electrical wires a breeze, and the Tapeless Joint Technology requires a minimum amount of mudding. DRICORE SMARTWALL is 29% more energy efficient than traditional framing as it contains encapsulated framing and high-density EPS foam insulation. The panels also contain Vapour Shield Technology to protect against moisure and inorganic EPS foam which is less susceptible to mold and mildew growth.

 Finally, DRICORE SMARTWALL reduces the mess that comes with finishing a basement. DRICORE PatchPro compound requires 75% less mudding than traditional framing, resulting in less sanding. Being an all-in-one product reduces the amount of cut-offs or scraps.

Features and Benefits

Water vapour is water in its gaseous state, instead of liquid or solid (ice). Water vapour is invisible. In a home, water vapour is harmless, it is when it condenses and forms water that it can become a problem.

In order to help prevent water build up within your walls, DRICORE SMARTWALL® has Vapour Shield Technology (VST) built into every panel. By using expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, each DRICORE SMARTWALL® panel is factory bonded together to eliminate most air pockets. By eliminating air pockets, which is where water vapour tends to condense, it allows the vapour to remain in its gaseous state, therefore reducing the possibility of water from forming within the wall cavity. This greatly reduces the chance for mold, mildew and rot.

  1. DRICORE SMARTWALL®
  2. Concrete Foundation
  3. Vapour Drive
  4. Rain Water
  5. Soil

SmartWall Moist

Traditionally framed wood walls lose up to 30% of their insulating capabilities due to an effect called “Thermal Bridging”. Thermal bridging occurs when a conductive material (e.g. wood, aluminum, steel, concrete, etc.) provides a path for heat to flow around insulation. The bypassing “bridging” of the less conductive material significantly reduces its effectiveness as an insulator. This is why many traditionally built walls have cold spots.

DRICORE SMARTWALL® virtually eliminates this “thermal bridge” by effectively encapsulating the framing in each panel within the rigid EPS insulation. This makes DRICORE SMARTWALL® an energy efficient product that you can use to finish your basement.

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The “effective” R-value of DRICORE SMARTWALL® is R17. To obtain the same “effective” R-value from a traditionally built wall using 2×6’s, a R24 batt insulation would need to be installed – that is a 29% loss in efficiency. The encapsulated framing also features a tongue and groove design which allow the panels to join together to form a complete wall.

tongue-groove

DRICORE SMARTWALL® uses a mold resistant paint to help coat and protect the gypsum board from the production of mold.

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The DRICORE SMARTWALL® system has unique Easy Wire Channels built into every panel that allow for the installation of electrical wiring. There are two vertical and three horizontal channels running through DRICORE SMARTWALL®. These channels can also be used to install audio and video cables.

DRICORE SMARTWALL® has been certified for Electrical Safety to CSA Standard C22.2 No. 203.

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Each DRICORE SMARTWALL® panel incorporates a patented “micro bevel” edge, which eliminates the traditional taping stage of finishing the drywall surface. The micro bevel also means that 75% less compound will be used, compared to traditional finishing methods. This results in far less sanding and dust. DRICORE SMARTWALL® has been designed to work only with a specially formulated low-dust compound called DRICORE PATCH PRO®. The combination of the DRICORE SMARTWALL® micro bevel edge and PATCH PRO is what enables the joints to be tapeless.

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Accreditation

DRICORE SMARTWALL® has been tested to the fullest lengths possible, and is backed by the industry’s highest standards of approval. DRICORE SMARTWALL® meets the requirements of the National Building Code of Canada and the International Residential Code (IRC) in the United States.

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Technical Specifications

SizeWidth – 21.75” / Height – 96”
Weight30 lbs. for 96” Panel
Thermal ResistanceR 15.1 (Tested in accordance to ASTM C1363-11)
Vapour Permeance26 ng/PaSm2 (Tested in Accordance to ASTM E96/E96M-10)
Flame Spread
Flame Spread = 4.9 Smoke Development = 10.8 (Tested in Accordance to CAN/ULC-S102-10)
Sound TransmissionSTC 27 (Tested in Accordance to ASTM E90-2009)
ElectricalEvaluation by QAI (Quality Auditing Institute) QAI Listing Number “E10540” Conforms to CSA C22.2 No. 203 & UL 962
Building Code ApprovalsCanada CCMC – Report #14013-R Ministers Ruling – Ruling # 16-03-333 (14013-R) | USA ICC – Report ESR-3790

DRICORE SMARTWALL® vs Traditional Build

ProductTraditionalSMARTWALL®
FramingRequiredINCLUDED
InsulationRequiredINCLUDED
Vapour BarrierRequiredINCLUDED
DrywallRequiredINCLUDED
Electrical ChannelsNot IncludedINCLUDED
Taping & MuddingRequiredNO TAPING REQUIRED
SandingRequiredMINIMAL SANDING REQUIRED

Install Instructions

Accessories and Tools

DRICORE PatchPro

DRICORE® PatchPro

Patching compound specifically designed to easily fill
joints and seams on DRICORE SMARTWALL®

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Tools Required

  1. 2” and 6” Drywall trowels
  2. Handsaw
  3. Drill and associated drills bits
  4. Two saw horses or stands
  5. Chalk line and plumb line
  6. Level
  7. Tape measure
  8. 4” Hole saw (if needed)
  9. Safety equipment (safety shoes, glasses, gloves)
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Testimonials

Bryan Baeumler (HGTV Host and Professional Contractor)

“In my mind, you cannot finish a basement without putting down DRICORE®. Every house I’ve ever built has DRICORE® in the basement, it’s the only way to do it.” - Bryan Baeumler
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Steve Maxwell (Professional Contractor)

“Nobody wants a musty smell in the house and that’s why I go with DRICORE® Subfloors.” - Steve Maxwell
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Skip Bedell (TV Host and Professional Contractor)

“You never want to put your finished floors on top of wet, damp, and cold concrete. DRICORE® Subfloors gives you a layer of protection to help with moisture and cold coming from concrete.” - Skip Bedell
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Which Subfloor Is Right For You?

Product
R-Value1.43.04.1
Air FlowYesYesYes
Height3/4"1"1"
TopOSBOSBEPS Foam
BottomHigh Density PlasticXPS FoamEPS Foam
Weight6.5lbs.6.1 lbs.1.6 lbs.
Size2' x 2' Nominal2' x 2' Nominal2' x 4' Nominal
Warranty25 Year25 Year25 Year
Finished Flooring OptionsLaminate, Solid / Engineered Hardwood, Carpet, Vinyl, TileLaminate, Solid / Engineered Hardwood, Carpet, Vinyl, TileEngineered Hardwood, Laminate, Luxury-Vinyl (LVT/LVP)
Weight Supported (per sq. ft.)6,642 lbs3,153 lbs3,650 lbs

Plan your project with 3D interactive software

Quick Calculator

Enter Linear Square Footage

 

Formula

Linear Feet / 1.8 = Number of Total Panels
Types of Panels: Standard, Outlet, Light Switch - Number of Panels x 0.75 = Number of Standard Panels
- Number of panels x 0.25 = Number of Outlet Panels
- Use Light Switch Panels as needed

Add-ons:
- 1qt of DRICORE PatchPro per 10 SMARTWALL Panels
- 2x 5" Screws for Each Smartwall Panel

Interactive Calculator

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can cut DRICORE SMARTWALL® panels down, always remember to cut from the top. This will ensure that the channels align properly during install as their heights are measured from the bottom of the panel.

Water vapour is water in its gaseous state, instead of liquid or solid (ice). Water vapour is invisible. In a home, water vapour is harmless, it is when it condenses and forms water that it can become a problem.

In order to help prevent water build up within your walls, DRICORE SMARTWALL® has Vapour Shield Technology (VST) built into every panel. By using expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, each DRICORE SMARTWALL® panel is factory bonded together to eliminate most air pockets. By eliminating air pockets, which is where water vapour tends to condense, it allows the vapour to remain in its gaseous state, therefore reducing the possibility of water from forming within the wall cavity. This greatly reduces the chance for mold, mildew and rot.

  1. DRICORE SMARTWALL®
  2. Concrete Foundation
  3. Vapour Drive
  4. Rain Water
  5. Soil

SmartWall Moist

Traditionally framed wood walls lose up to 30% of their insulating capabilities due to an effect called “Thermal Bridging”. Thermal bridging occurs when a conductive material (e.g. wood, aluminum, steel, concrete, etc.) provides a path for heat to flow around insulation. The bypassing “bridging” of the less conductive material significantly reduces its effectiveness as an insulator. This is why many traditionally built walls have cold spots.

DRICORE SMARTWALL® virtually eliminates this “thermal bridge” by effectively encapsulating the framing in each panel within the rigid EPS insulation. This makes DRICORE SMARTWALL® an energy efficient product that you can use to finish your basement.

framing-photos

The “effective” R-value of DRICORE SMARTWALL® is R17. To obtain the same “effective” R-value from a traditionally built wall using 2×6’s, a R24 batt insulation would need to be installed – that is a 29% loss in efficiency. The encapsulated framing also features a tongue and groove design which allow the panels to join together to form a complete wall.

tongue-groove

DRICORE SMARTWALL® uses a mold resistant paint to help coat and protect the gypsum board from the production of mold.

moisture-icon

The DRICORE SMARTWALL® system has unique Easy Wire Channels built into every panel that allow for the installation of electrical wiring. There are two vertical and three horizontal channels running through DRICORE SMARTWALL®. These channels can also be used to install audio and video cables.

DRICORE SMARTWALL® has been certified for Electrical Safety to CSA Standard C22.2 No. 203.

top-side

Each DRICORE SMARTWALL® panel incorporates a patented “micro bevel” edge, which eliminates the traditional taping stage of finishing the drywall surface. The micro bevel also means that 75% less compound will be used, compared to traditional finishing methods. This results in far less sanding and dust. DRICORE SMARTWALL® has been designed to work only with a specially formulated low-dust compound called DRICORE PATCH PRO®. The combination of the DRICORE SMARTWALL® micro bevel edge and PATCH PRO is what enables the joints to be tapeless.

micro-patch

When installing DRICORE SMARTWALL® panels over existing floor surfaces, the existing floor surface must be clean, structurally sound, and free of debris or materials that may impair the performance of the panels. The existing floor surface must also be free of materials that may trap, block or absorb moisture, or promote mold growth. Some vinyl glues are known to mold when installed directly to concrete. It is recommended to remove any residue or debris, and clean the concrete surface thoroughly, before installing any flooring materials.

For asbestos tile, please check the Environmental Protection Agency or Environment Canada for specific removal, repair and handling recommendations.

DRICORE SMARTWALL® is an easy and fast way to finish your basement walls. The all-in-one engineered wall panel requires fewer steps, less time and less labour to finish your basement. Get the job done 5x faster using DRICORE SMARTWALL®.

The DRICORE SMARTWALL® installation guide and brochure can be found within this product page.

DRICORE SMARTWALL® panels weigh just 30 lbs., are conveniently sized (21.75″ x 96′) and are easy to cut with regular power tools. The panels simply attach to the top of your floor joists and at the bottom to your subfloor using 2″ x 2″ lumber as your tracks.

Unlike conventional construction methods, DRICORE SMARTWALL® OSB framing, insulation, and primed drywall skin, combine into an all-in-one high performance wall assembly. Simply lock panels together to form your finished basement walls.

DRICORE SMARTWALL® panels come with micro beveled edges, which eliminates the need for taping seams. To achieve that perfect seamless finish simply use DRICORE® Patch Pro. DRICORE® Patch Pro is easy to apply, paintable, and crack resistant – this will ensure that your new walls look great for years to come.

  1. Safety Shoes
  2. Hand saw
  3. Level and Tape Measure
  4. Scissors
  5. Safety glasses.
  6. Drill and screw driving bit
  7. Chalk line and plumb line
  8. 4″ Hole saw (if needed)
  9. Two saw horses or stands
  10. 2″ and 6″ Drywall Trowels

Electrical installation is simplified with integrated vertical and horizontal wiring channels that run through the insulation.

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Skip Bedell (TV Host and Professional Contractor)

“You never want to put your finished floors on top of wet, damp, and cold concrete. DRICORE® Subfloors gives you a layer of protection to help with moisture and cold coming from concrete.”

Skip Bedell

Steve Maxwell (Professional Contractor)

“Nobody wants a musty smell in the house and that’s why I go with DRICORE® Subfloors.”

Steve Maxwell

Bryan Baeumler (HGTV Host and Professional Contractor)

“In my mind, you cannot finish a basement without putting down DRICORE®. Every house I’ve ever built has DRICORE® in the basement, it’s the only way to do it.”

Bryan Baeumler
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