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Sprayed Polyurethane Foam
Of all the possible ways to conserve energy, insulating with polyurethane foam is the most effective...without changing the thermostat!
What is Polyurethane Foam?
Polyurethane foam is a versatile cellular plastic with unsurpassed insulating properties.  Depending upon its formulation, polyurethane foam may be open celled or closed celled: rigid, semi-rigid, or flexible.  It can be cast, molded, poured or sprayed in densities ranging from one-half pound per cubic foot to 70 pounds per cubic foot.  For sprayed-in-place insulation applications - the subject of this brochure - closed cell, rigid foams in the two to three pound per cubic foot range are most commonly used.
Where is Polyurethane Foam Used?
Only the user's imagination limits the range of applications for sprayed polyurethane foam.  Some common uses include new and replacement roofs, insulating walls (both interior and exterior application), covering pipes and ductwork, insulating tanks and refrigerated areas, providing insulation and extra buoyancy in ships and boats, and various aerospace applications.
Why is Sprayed Polyurethane Foam Best?
Heat transfer resistance ("R" value) is a common standard of insulation performance.  Polyurethane foam is far more effective than any other commercially-available insulation material in resisting heat transfer.  This means that an inch of polyurethane will do the same insulating job as several inches of most other materials.  But that's only part of the story.  Sprayed polyurethane foam has other characteristics that make it an even better insulator.
  • Sprayed polyurethane foam forms a seamless insulating barrier which prevents incursion of outside air, a major source of heat loss.
  • Properly protected polyurethane foam is relatively immune from water incursion, which can seriously degrade the effectiveness of insulation.
  • Polyurethane foam won't sag, buckle, pack down or mat, conditions that reduce insulation effectiveness.
  • Sprayed polyurethane foam is light and strong.  It actually supports itself!  Polyurethane foam normally provides more heat transfer resistance with less weight than other materials.  This means it is frequently possible to specify lighter, lower cost materials throught the structure.
Is Polyurethane Foam an Approved Material?
All three national model code bodies accept sprayed polyurethane foam.  A polyurethane foam system buyer should make certain that the specifier is thoroughly familiar with all codes and insurance requirements that apply to the specific project.
How Can a Buyer Locate a Qualified Polyurethane Foam Contractor?
Like all construction jobs, spraying polyurethane foam insulation requires training, skill and experience.  A contractor should not only be totally familiar with the material, but should also have a thorough knowledge of the specific application.

A number of qualified, reputable firms in the United States, Canada and in other countries specialize in sprayed polyurethane foam insulation.  Selection of a contractor should be based on the firm's experience with similar projects, overall performance record, stability and general reputation.

Many of the most outstanding firms are members of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA).  SPFA members use the knowledge and ideas available through this strong industry-wide trade association to continually improve their high standards of professionalism.

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