Spray Foam Cooling Solutions: Powerblanket® ICE

Polyurethane spray foam is an extremely useful product. It insulates our homes, offices, and other structures from uncomfortable fluctuations in temperature. It keeps the cool in during the summer and the warm in during the winter. But as great as spray foam is at maintaining internal temperatures, spray foam itself is a very temperature-sensitive liquid prior to and during application.This is why you need spray foam cooling solutions for the summer months.

spray foam cooling box coolerSpray Foam Application in the Summer

If you’re in the spray foam business, then the above information is no news to you. However, what might be news to you is that Powerblanket offers total temperature control for your spray foam year round. Whether you’re applying in the spring, summer, fall, or winter, we’ve got you covered. Since we’re approaching the hotter months, though, let’s talk about spray foam application in the summer and the benefit of using our spray foam cooling solutions.

The hot summer months can affect spray foam yield and functionality considerably. Just about every spray foam will substantially reduce its yield potential as it nears 90 °F and higher.  That’s why Powerblanket offers innovative cooling systems for spray foam storage and application during the hot summer months.

With the new and revolutionary Powerblanket ICE spray foam cooling blanket, you can efficiently regulate the temperature of your spray foam in the scorching conditions of summertime application. To be quite frank, spray foam cooling has never been so easy. With spray foam cooling solutions designed specifically for spray foam applicators and storage units, you can keep your spray foam at ideal temperature all the time.

Powerblanket Ice Cooling ProductsPowerblanket ICE Benefits:

  • Increase your spray foam yield and the profitability of each application (Keeping your spray foam at ideal temperature during hot weather will allow you to maintain high yield.)
  • Eliminate expensive downtime caused by overheated spray foam (If you arrive onsite with overheated foam, you’ll lose lots of time waiting for it to cool.)
  • Increase business continuity and profit by enabling application continuity through the hot weather (In other words, you won’t waste any application time, because your foam will be cool and ready to go.)
  • Protect your biggest asset from damage and waste (If you’re spray foam is left at extreme temperatures long enough, it could become permanently damaged.)

Features of Powerblanket ICE Spray Foam Cooling Solutions:

  • Powerblanket ICE uses Powerblanket patented heat-spreading technology in reverse to draw heat away from the spray foam container in order to cool the spray foam itself.
  • Powerblanket ICE covers and insulates with the same robust system used in the Powerblanket heating products.
  • Both the ice box and chiller-driven systems are portable and easy for onsite use (120VAC required).
  • Powerblanket ICE allows you to control the temperature of bulk spray foam materials with ease.
  • Blankets can be left installed and running while spray foam containers are in use. (Applying spray foam in the heat of summer is simple and efficient with Powerblanket ICE.)

Spray Foam Cooling Solutions

Person Applying Spray Foam to Vaulted RoofFreezing temperatures can really put a halt on your spray foam business. However, hot weather can do just as much to disrupt the continuity of your operations. Spray foam that sits in temperatures over 90° F will not yield as much as spray foam that’s at or below room temperature. This is because spray foam activates due to a chemical reaction that produces heat.

If it’s already hot outside, the spray foam will react too quickly, and won’t have time to bond to the surface it needs to insulate. This can lead to the foam pulling up and not sealing what it needs to for proper insulation.

Spray Foam in the Summer

The business of spray foam is a year round endeavor: rain, snow, sleet or hail.But as you know, hot weather can have a detrimental effect on your spray foam too. How do you keep your spray foam protected from the heat of the summer months?

Hot Summer Sun In Sandy Desert With Footprints in SandAlongside Powerblanket’s spray foam heating solutions, we now offer an equally innovative line of cooling solutions for the spray foam contractor. Our North Slope Chillers product line enables you to keep your spray foam at ideal temperatures, even in the hottest summer weather. With that, we proudly introduce your new spray foam cooling savior: Fluxwrap.

North Slope Chillers’ Fluxwrap Features

Fluxwrap uses Powerblanket’s patented heat spreading technology in reverse to draw heat away from the container, thereby cooling the product inside Fluxwrap outer shell and insulation are the same as the robust system used in Powerblanket products.

North Slope Chillers Fluxwrap and Chiller

All three types of cooling products are portable (Both the ice box and chiller driven systems require 120VAC). Control temperature of spray foam bulk materials that will allow you to:

  • Increase yields (Bulk materials over 90° F will reduce yields for most spray foams)
  • Maintain foam quality (Hot bulk material can decrease foam tenacity and increase foam density)
  • Decrease foam application time (Increasing foam quality decreases application time)
  • Eliminate time waiting for spray foam bulk materials to cool

The new line of North Slope Chillers’ spray foam cooling solutions come in lower cost, mid-grade, and premium options. Our cooling products can be provided for custom applications quickly and cost effectively, just like our heating products. Just get us the details and we can have a product in your hands before you know it.

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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.

Spray Foam Solutions for Every Business

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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Your Spray Foam Business: Increase the Yield

An increased yield in spray foam means an increased yield in profits. Ensuring the best yield from your spray foam requires optimal operation, regardless of ambient temperatures.

spray foam insulation being applied to home

Factors Affecting Yield

Making sure you get the most mileage out of your spray foam is essential for the growth and longevity of your business. More yield in your foam means less expense per square foot, which then equates to the highest possible profit margin.

However, cold weather can drastically affect the yield of your product. For proper application your tank temperature has to be above 70°F / 21°C for 24 hours before application. Failure to keep your tank at the proper temperature means the foam’s density will be compromised and the application will be less than favorable—if possible at all.

Obviously, in order to get your spray foam up to a workable temperature during the winter months, you will need to heat it up. Conventional suggestions for this practice involve storing your foam in a heated space. But this method could take up to 36 hours to bring the product to the proper temperature—not to mention it is expensive to have keep the ambient air in your storage space high enough to heat the foam to 70°F / 21°C.

spray foam being applied

A Better Option

With Powerblanket Spray Foam Heaters, you do not have to worry about a 36-hour window for heating your foam, nor do you have to allocate the costs of maintaining a high temperature in your storage space. Simply wrap a Powerblanket Spray Foam Heater around your spray-foam bin, and shortly, your product will be ready for use at an optimal application temperature.

This approach saves significant time and cost. Likewise, it will maintain an ideal temperature without the risk of declining temperatures during application or scorching and overheating.

 

spray foam heater box

Powerblanket Spray Foam Heater Features:

  • Full coverage for your spray-foam kit boxes and spray foam cylinders
  • Evenly heat the foam from all sides for consistent performance
  • Well-insulated unit to keep heat from leaking out
  • Equipped with safety certifications, including a UL listing (in the U.S.) and CSA (in Canada)

Learn even more about optimizing your yield with our free ebook, “5 Steps to Running A Successful Spray Foam Business: The Ultimate Guide”

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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.

Spray foam heating blanket

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

Heated Box for storing Spray Foam with Powerblanket Logo

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.