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Protection Of Foamed Plastics

Protect yourself with the facts. The code for using intumescent coatings over foamed plastics can be confusing, but ignorance is no excuse.

Protect yourself by knowing the code. BY BLAKE RUTHERFORD Understanding the codes and complying with correct testing certification requirements is arguably the first and most important element to any new construction project or retrofit. Failure to comply can result in increased costs to correct compliance failures, lost time, lost profits, and even liability concerns. To avoid these dangers, SPF applicators ...

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Plan for Safety: Enhance Production & Quality Control

Quality control can be the difference towards a profitable SPF roofing business.

Quality control can be the difference towards a profitable SPF roofing business. By Juan Sagarbarria While spray foam roofing is known to provide significant benefits – chief among them energy efficiency, strong R-value, and structural integrity – its presence in the roofing market is still minimal when compared to membrane roofing systems. Sharing only three percent of the roofing market ...

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Patching It Up

Touch 'N Seal spray foam roofing

One-and two-component foams can be an ideal, cost-effective alternative to reroofing. By Juan Sagarbarria Whether it is tiles or a roofing system protecting them, roof substrates depend on a layer of protection to deflect damage issues. High winds, heavy rains, even hail damage are significant factors that threaten the longevity of the tile or the roof system and, by default, ...

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Leading The Way

Lapolla promotes success in the spray foam industry via education.

Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is becoming more accepted among homeowners, but is experiencing relatively modest growth among the commercial sector. To combat this, forward-thinking industry leaders are reaching out to spec writers in a bid to educate them on the cutting-edge, high-performance benefits of SPF. After all, the key to successful inclusion in project bids is education – not only ...

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Selling Effectively: The Secrets of a Successful Sale of a Spray Foam Contracting Business

SES Foam discloses how to sell a spray foam business effectively.

  Did you ever wonder why one owner seemingly has buyers strongly interested in their spray foam contracting business while another owner’s business seems to languish on the market with very little interest? It starts with understanding what the drivers are that create business value, how value is determined, and then what steps are necessary to prepare your spray foam ...

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Open-Cell Game Changer: A New Innovative Ultra-Low Density Open-Cell Spray Foam Technology Provides Increased Productivity at a Lower Cost

SWD Urethane launches Quik-Shiled 108 open-cell spray polyurethane foam

  LOW VS. ULTRA-LOW DENSITY Open-cell spray polyurethane foam is known for being a half-pound density insulating material that can provide optimal, seamless insulation and reduce air infiltration through a building envelope. Because of its low density and large cell structure, open-cell SPF imparts many advantages, including providing an air barrier, good R-value, but most importantly, high product yield. Lower ...

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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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