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One-Component Foam Sealants: Robust Capabilities

One-component foam sealants: robust capabilities

By Ryan Spencer It cannot be overstated: homes with air leaks are inefficient, uncomfortable, and overly expensive. Air leakage and infiltration not only make indoor temperatures difficult to regulate, but also account for up to 40% of an average home’s heating and cooling costs, per the U.S. Department of Energy. This is especially evident during the winter, when drafty homes ...

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8 Things Every Contractor Should Know About Foam Blowing Agents

8 THINGS EVERY CONTRACTOR SHOULD KNOW ABOUT FOAM BLOWING AGENTS

By Dan Taylor As a spray foam contractor, you are faced with many important decisions each day. For example, you must decide what amount to bid for a project, find ways to reduce your equipment and labor costs, and determine how best to set your business apart from the competition.  Another important consideration is what blowing agent to use in ...

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4 Critical Factors Affecting Performance

4 Critical Factors Affecting Performance

Proportioning machines are the beating heart of spray foam applications. Knowing this, spray foam contractors should want the best possible machine to operate in the field. Obviously, no two machines are exactly alike, and this contributes directly to the functionality and performance of the machine in the field. ”In theory, it’s not the equipment that is really any different, it ...

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3 Signs You Chose The Right Supplier

The Key to Global Energy Reduction

All spray foam manufacturers claim high R-values and promise optimal energy efficiency, which comes as a result of all leading spray foam insulations being superior to other available solutions like fiberglass and cellulose. To consumers, architects, and builders, the leading brands of spray foam may appear to offer the same intended result of insulating and air sealing a home or ...

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Burn Notice: The Advantages of Appendix X Approved Spray Foam Insulation

The Advantages of Appendix X Approved Spray Foam Insulation

Attic and crawl space insulation are some of the most common applications in the spray foam industry. A critical component in each of these applications is the installation of a thermal or ignition barrier to separate the foam insulation from the interior space of a building. However, spray foam products can be installed in attics and crawl spaces without an ...

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The True Cost of Spray Foam Roofing

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By Juan Sagarbarria For those well versed in the world of roofing and protective coatings, spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is an industry staple. SPF’s cutting-edge properties have long been considered the ideal qualities that contribute to a high-performance roofing system. By the same token, building owners have found themselves spending more upfront money for an SPF roof than with other ...

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Business Beyond Borders

Business Beyond Borders

The U.S. may be the single largest spray foam market in the world, but international markets are leading the way in terms of growth, presenting an enticing opportunity for enterprising suppliers and distributors throughout the industry. Companies large and small are taking part in the globalization of spray foam, with companies like Louisiana-based SPF equipment manufacturer and distributor SPF Depot ...

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Opportunities with Injection Foam

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By Ryan Spencer If you’ve spent any time in the commercial side of the SPF industry, particularly working with CMU buildings, you may have heard the term ”injection foam” thrown around, albeit referencing something other than polyurethane foam. Indeed, there is another kind of foam insulation peaking the interest of not only major retailers like Wal-Mart and Publix Supermarkets, who ...

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Balancing Versatility & Performance

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By Juan Sagarbarria It is no secret that high-pressure, plural-component equipment sustains the majority of spray polyurethane foam projects. Applications stemming from a large, high-pressure proportioner housed inside a spray rig and connected to several hundred feet of hose is a common sight in the SPF industry. While these machines are undoubtedly effective, and may meet the high production capabilities ...

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Bidding Better

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By Ryan Spencer On the mind of most every contractor is one ever-present issue–the next job. It’s a familiar dance: the perpetual search, the due diligence, and the bid. Every aspect of landing a job requires substantial effort on the part of the business owner and sales team in following leads and properly assessing prospective jobs. Bidding, however, is a ...

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