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Working with Spray Foam in Cold Weather

Cold Weather Applications

By Robert Naini  Every year, as the leaves change colors, the air becomes crisper, and as the holiday season approaches, temperatures drop and sometimes we forget what kind of impact the colder weather can have on spray foam operations. Imagine this situation: Your spray foam installer gets to work, comfortable and relaxed, ready to start his day. But the diesel ...

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5 Ways SPF Contractors Lose Money

Have you ever noticed contractors that never seem to make money on jobs?  They bid correctly, have responsible employees, but still can’t seem to make enough per job to be comfortable.  At the end of the year they notice the material and labor costs have greatly affected their bottom line.  In my four-and-a-half decades of working in the spray foam ...

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Mold, Mildew, and SPF


I want to tell you a story. A story about a guy in Philly, in the 30s, before insulation, before attic ventilation. So, this guy has a drafty house and it is cold. But he has an idea, he puts some stuff in his ceiling, above the plaster. Yes, this is before gypsum—some of you old guys remember plaster, right? ...

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Residential Energy Savings

spf helps homeowners cut energy bills

Explaining SPF for fun and profit By Robert Naini In the United States, almost 25 percent of the energy consumed can be attributed to residential consumption. Single-family residences use most of that energy, around 80 percent, and multi-family residences and mobile homes use the remaining 20 percent. This means that single-family residences consume 20 percent of all the energy consumed ...

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Measuring Thermal Performance


By Robert Naini What do you think of when you hear the words thermal performance? Do you think of insulation, R-Value, energy efficiency? That’s a good start, because it’s all of them; it’s how something performs with respect to temperature. But how do you measure thermal performance? Let’s consider a simple example that many of us are familiar with, a ...

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Spray Foam Myth Busters

The most common SPF myths are easily busted with the common sense presented in the article

Spray foam insulation is a very interesting industry. By Robert Naini It has expanded from a small niche market that was custom home-builder-centric, and has seemingly exploded to over a billion-dollar industry in a relatively short 15 years or so. Now, don’t get me wrong, spray foam has been around for more than 15 years, but in the past 15 ...

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RELAX During a Crisis? …Exactly!


The secrets to discovering peace of mind in the midst of the storm By Gregory Lay “Every day’s a crisis,” Jeff complained to the guys on his crew after work. “If it isn’t an urgent deadline, then the boss is mad or the equipment is on the fritz! I never get to relax, no matter how hard I try!” From ...

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411: Overview of EPA Checklists

March/April 2015 411 EPA Spray Foam

While working with spray foam, there are always potential risks and hazards than can occur unexpectedly. Therefore, it is important for SPF workers to be prepared for every step before, during, and after a spray foam application. To facilitate this process and comply with the job requirements, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers checklists that contractors should utilize on the ...

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Introducing the New gets a facelift.

The SPF Industry’s Number One Website Gets More Than a Makeover It’s been a long time coming, but excellence is worth the wait: the new is upon us. After months of development, which included an expanded scope of work, the new website is debuting the first week of July. ”We knew we had to hit a home run with ...

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California DTSC Update: SPF Misinformation Corrected, Issue Remains Unresolved


The recent efforts of California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to list spray foam as a hazardous consumer product reached an important checkpoint in fall of 2014, as a concerted effort by the SPF industry lead to several revisions of misinformation about spray foam. As highlighted in the May/June 2014 edition of Spray Foam 411, the DTSC presented in ...

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