Spray Foam Solutions for the Spray Foam Industry

With the continual growth of the spray foam industry, it is of increasing importance that you have the right spray foam solutions in place. Read on to learn five essential tips and tricks to running a successful spray foam business.

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The spray foam industry continues to grow. If you are in the spray foam business, then perhaps this does not come as any news to you. You would have heard about the upward climb of business and opportunities, and maybe it has all translated into additional work and return for your own operation. Hopefully, this is the case, but do you find yourself asking questions about how best to run your spray foam operations year round?

There are several factors to consider when running a successful spray foam business, and how to best operate during the colder months is one major point to address. Usually spray foam application slows considerably during the winter, or else comes to a screeching halt. This is due to the temperature-sensitive nature of polyurethane spray foam. There are solutions and technologies in place to remedy this in a very effective and economical way. To find out more about spray foam equipment heaters and more, access our five step guide to running a successful spray foam business.

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New Spray Foam Solution Hits the Market

Spray Polyurethane Foam, or SPF, has been around for a long time now. However, Icynene, a Canadian spray foam manufacturer, has recently created a new and exciting spray foam that is rather innovative.

Spray Foam worker insulating homeIcynene’s Classic Plus

If you thought building-code requirements were strict in the United States, they may be even more so in Canada. According to PR Web’s report on the matter, Icynene developed its most recent product (trademarked as Classic Plus™) to answer the stringent requirements of the Canadian building codes. This new foam from Icynene, boasts some impressive numbers when it comes to thermal resistance. In fact, according to Icynene’s report, it’s one of the very best in the market, weighing in at 0.72 (m2•K)/W at 25.4 mm. If you’re in the spray-foam business, you know that’s an impressive number.

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This isn’t the only feature that differentiates this new foam from the others, however. Along with its thermal-resistance qualities, Classic Plus™ also plays well with a lot of surfaces. It offers “excellent adhesion to a broad range of substrates,” (Icynene). One more characteristic that makes this product a real winner is its ability to work well in different temperatures and humidity levels.

Why we care: spray foam heaters

Powerblanket® is interested in all industries in which we do business, and spray foam is one of them. With great features that come in a product like Classic Plus™, we understand how important it is to protect such against cold temperatures.

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If you’re going to store spray foam in cold conditions, you need a solution that will keep it at the proper temperature. Spray foam helps protect against the bitter weather post-reaction, but when it’s still liquid, it’s highly sensitive to the cold. That’s why Powerblanket provides spray foam heaters to keep your spray foam container storage toasty warm through the winter months.

Keys to Installing Spray Foam

Person in Suit and Mask Spraying Spray Foam on CeilingCongratulations! You’re a contractor or home builder. You’ve succeeded in helping the homeowner understand the benefits of using spray foam insulation vs. old school fiberglass batts. Your clients understand the economical benefits to their budget by using spray foam; it creates an airtight seal which is more efficient at keeping warm air inside during the winter and hot air out during the summer months, thus reducing their overall energy bill.

Now, the job falls on your shoulders to make sure they receive the high quality insulation they are expecting. As the popularity of spray foam has quickly increased, so has the need for contractors to adapt their services to include spray foam installation. This quick change has proven detrimental in many ways to the overall quality of the resulting spray foam insulation.

Contractors need to focus on:

  • Quality Control – You must have at least a simple quality control program to ensure consistency across insulation projects. If your focus doesn’t start here, your business won’t succeed.
  • Good Form – Consistent spray control must be used to avoid large gaps in spray foam.
  • Correct Mix – Proper care should be taken by frequently checking the mix ratio of your proportioners, pumps and sprayers. Incorrect mix ratios can diminish the R-value, performance, and longevity of the spray foam.
  • Temperature Control – Just as the correct mix is critical, the correct application temperature must also be maintained in order to ensure high performance. However, that’s not the only reason to pay attention to temperature control. The yield of your spray foam can decrease if the foam is too cold. Inconsistent and excessive localized heat can result in burned product. This affects your bottom line and the profitability of your projects.

Educate Yourself

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There are several spray foam training programs available to contractors to help. We recommend finding one in your area or attending an industry conference. Whether you’re brand new to the industry or a veteran, there isn’t a better time than now to increase your knowledge and techniques.

Solutions For SPF Temperature Problems

For temperature control, Powerblanket recommends an insulated heating blanket. Some advantages of the insulated blanket over the “strap” or “band” type heaters are:

  • Lower energy usage (heats your product not the air)
  • More even heat (more surface area for your product to absorb the heat)
  • Heats the entire drum which means less heat damage to your product
  • The ambient conditions have less effect (more effective in cold climates)

Using a heating blanket is guaranteed to help your spray foam maintain its nominal temperature. Use Powerblanket’s spray foam heaters and our other products to complete your tasks efficiently and on time.