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Polyurethane Foam Machines

Polyurethane foams provide insulation in homes throughout the year. This foam is sprayed throughout the home onto ceilings, walls, and floors in an attempt to provide protection from the fierce heat of the summer as well as the biting cold of the winter. When properly installed, the insulation results in a comfortable living space and lower energy bills. Polyurethane foam machines

Polyurethane Foam Machine
Polyurethane Foam Machine

use gun/hose formations along with air compressors to distribute high expansion foam resulting in more consistency and a better flow.

Among the most efficient polyurethane foam machines is the CPDS (Constant Pressure Dispensing System) 1000. This system allows the attachment of 120’of hose for better reach, total and even dispensing of foam (through the air compressor), and has a tank yield of 750 board feet. In addition, polyurethane foam machines, such as the CPDS 1000, conveniently have tanks and compressors items placed on wheels. This saves time as well as a few dollars that otherwise would have gone to the chiropractor in an attempt to correct the back problems that would likely result from all that lugging.

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Polyurethane Spray Foam For DIYers

Spray foam insulation kits
spray foam kit

You know the world is a crazy place when anyone with a DIY-handicap can sing the praises of polyurethane spray foam insulation! Fixing drafty attics floors, basement walls, and other oddly opened areas has never been easier.

What’s in a Spray Foam Kit?

Spray foam kits for DIY projects generally consist of: foam (obviously), instructions (undoubtedly), a hose (maybe) and a spray gun (occasionally). Conservation Mart offers an excellent spray foam kit in the 2 Part Polyurethane Foam Kit 600.

Spray Foam Kit Specifications

* Spray foam has an R value that ranges anywhere between 6.2 and 7.12 per inch.
* There are different sizes and different types of polyurethane spray foam kits available.
o You can choose a standard or a standard and fire retardant kit (considering my skills with DIY projects, I’d opt for the flame proof set).
o Spray foam can be bought in an open cell or closed cell form (we learned in a previous post what the difference between the two is).

Common Places for Spray Foam

The following areas are common areas for spray foam touch-up:

* Air Ducts
* Attic Floors
* Basement Walls
* Crawl Areas
* Roofs

Benefits of Spray Foam Kits for DIY Projects

Using polyurethane spray foam kits for DIY projects are beneficial, allowing you to insulate your home:

* In an environmentally friendly way
* Inexpensively (when weighed against your long term savings on energy costs)
* Independently (it is always beneficial to learn how to properly care for your home)
* With products that efficiently insulate your home (namely, the only foam capable of air sealing, the closed cell polyurethane high density foam)

What was your experience with installing polyurethane spray foam? How has using spray foam kits transformed your home? Leave your comments below!

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Closed Cell Polyurethane Foam vs. Open Cell Polyurethane Foam

So what’s the difference?

90% closed cell polyurethane foam, R value of 6.8

The easiest way to think of foam is to think of it liked whipped cream in a can. Two components involved: the cream and air.

If you increased the amount of air in the product by 10x, you would get a lot more coverage but it would be a lot less dense. And since air is free, you’re paying less per ounce.

If you decreased the amount of air by 10x, you could cover less space, but it would be more dense. And since there’s less air, you’re paying more per ounce.

With foam, the more dense the product, the less water it can absorb.

So…

• Open cell foam is cheap, it expands more than a hundred times the liquid volume, it has a lower R-value, and it absorbs water readily.

• Closed cell foam is more expensive, it expands about 30 times the liquid volume, it has a higher R-value, and it doesn’t absorb water readily.

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Did you know you can save upto $1,500 on your taxes by insulating your home?


Yes that’s right. From now until Dec 2010 you can save 30% – up to $1500 on your taxes by insulating your home. Recently, Congress updated to “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” (2009 IECC & Amendments) – basically, increasing the existing federal tax credit for installing insulation (e.g., 2-part spray foam) in an existing home, from 10%, to 30% of the total cost of insulation (up to $1,500) for 2009 and 2010. This means, you can potentially save as much as $1,500, simply by following these guidelines!

To learn more details visit the Tax Credits for 2009 and 2010 page