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Spray Foam Simplified

How the proper spray foam equipment can facilitate success for entry-level contractors, traditional spray foam contractors, and seasoned SPF contractors

How the proper spray foam equipment can facilitate success for entry-level contractors, traditional spray foam contractors, and seasoned SPF contractors. BY JUAN SAGARBARRIA The Fright Factor Getting into the spray foam industry has proven to be a major stepping stone onto the path of success for many an insulation contractor, whether they are just getting into the insulation game or ...

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The Metrics of Your Insulation Business

The Measure of Success

BY CHARLES VALENTINE It is often said, “What you do not measure, you do not control.”  As entrepreneurs we have the freedom to set our own targets and metrics.  Unfortunately, that same freedom can often cause us to neglect to review our own performance.  Since we are by definition, in control, our excuses for missing targets is acceptable. We may ...

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Firestop Systems: How They Can Compliment Spray Foam Businesses

IFTI-Firestop

By Juan Sagarbarria In recent years, there has been an increased growth for firestop systems in the construction sector due mainly to increases in fire inspections. If installed properly, these materials can effectively obstruct the passage of fire, smoke, or toxic gasses from one-side of a fire-rated assembly to another by shoring up gaps created by penetrations. That is why ...

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Who’s In Your Corner?

Who's In Your Corner? SES Foam

By Reid McCall & Charles Valentine It’s rarely a good idea to go it alone, and success is seldom achieved solely through individual efforts. Spray foam contractors know this all too well, as success in this industry is influenced by factors before and after the job, as much as during. Make no mistake, SPF applications are battles: against time, against ...

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Improving Foam Yield in Low-Pressure Applications

A New Low-Pressure Foam System Reduces Waste and Increases Yield

A New Low-Pressure Foam System Reduces Waste and Increases Yield By Ryan Spencer LOW-PRESSURE FOAM: PROS AND CONS Low-pressure foam systems offer major benefits over high-pressure foam in certain circumstances, notably cost-effectiveness for smaller applications. However, one major drawback is the tedious calibration process, which not only negatively impacts time and labor, but also increases material waste. In short, the calibration ...

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4th Generation Foam: The Key to Global Energy Reduction

The Key to Global Energy Reduction

By Ryan Spencer Innovation has been an inherent attribute of the spray foam industry from the beginning, providing the global insulation market with cutting-edge, high-performance products that are constantly evolving to meet the needs of end users. Recently, those needs have focused on one major issue facing end users all over the globe: climate change. Of course, spray foam insulation ...

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Designing High-Performance Proportioners

Spray Foam Equipment & Manufacturing Reveals the Process of High-Performance Proportioner Design

Spray Foam Equipment & MFG’s custom spray rigs are built with the same attention to detail as their proportioners By Ryan Spencer Tradeoffs are a fundamental part of design, and we see these options all around us: fast versus luxurious; lightweight versus rugged; disposable versus sustainable. With plural-component proportioners, tradeoffs can be found as well: inexpensive versus long-lasting; spraying foam ...

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Starting Fresh in the Spray Foam Industry

Starting Fresh in the Spray Foam Industry

A discussion on building a business with Ted Medford, President of Profoam Corporation, which was re-launched in January 2015 By Ryan Spencer Spray Foam Magazine: Can you give a little background on how you re-launched Profoam? Ted Medford: Profoam today stems from a long evolution process of two different companies: Medford Insulation in Rutledge, Georgia, which was owned by myself ...

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Above and Beyond Building Code Requirements

Above and Beyond Building Code Requirements

By Juan Sagarbarria Since occupant safety is an inherent component of good stewardship in the construction industry, building codes continuously grow more and more stringent as time moves forward. It is imperative that building product manufacturers comply with building codes if they intend to have their product utilized in the field. In the case of fire-protective intumescent coatings that are ...

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Adhering to Chemical Processing Guidelines

SES Discusses the Importance of Adhering to Processing Guidelines

By Ryan Spencer Chemical processing parameters are essential for the proper application of spray polyurethane foam, ensuring that installation performance is maximized and the end product is installed as specified. When it comes to disseminating guidelines for the chemical processing of their products, manufacturers use a few different avenues: affixing processing parameters on chemical drums, providing technical data sheets that ...

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