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Thank you for your interest in
sprayed on polyurethane foam insulation. Alpine Foam uses
only the cleanest, safest, most effective and efficient
polyurethane foam insulation on the market today.
There are two types of sprayed
on foam insulation. Closed cell foam and open cell foam. Closed
cell polyurethane foam is the only type of insulation that meets
or exceeds all international building codes, doubles the
strength of frame structures, gives you the highest “R” rating
per inch, forms its own vapor barrier and has an efficiency
rating in the 90’s when all other insulation is in the 30’s and
40’s. Most closed cell polyurethane foam has a Perm rating of
.87, which exceeds the international requirements for
insulation, which is a Perm rating of 1. All insulation
materials with a perm rating higher than 1 are required to be
covered with a vapor barrier. This is not yet being enforced in
all areas so we encourage you to check with your local building
Open cell foam is good but we
believe it should not be used for insulation where it is exposed
to any kind of moisture, including high humidity. The properties
of open cell foam allow it to absorb and hold water that may
allow the growth of molds and mildew.
Closed cell polyurethane foam
in the walls and roofs reduces hot and cold air loss far better
than any other insulation. Closed cell polyurethane foam applied
directly to the underside of your decking material keeps the hot
and cold air out of your attic space reducing the load on your
HVAC system. When using closed cell polyurethane foam you can
reduce the tonnage of your AC system by as much as 50%. A good
formula to apply is one ton of HVAC for every 1000 ft. of
conditioned area. The design of your structure may vary this
formula some but very little.
By using closed cell
polyurethane foam for your insulation and properly sized HVAC
unit your electric bill will be reduced dramatically and in just
a few years you can save thousands of dollars. Some mortgage
companies even offer discounts for the Energy Star ratings when
closed cell polyurethane foam is used to insulate a new home.
We encourage you to research
this and all other types of insulation before you decide what to
use in your building project.
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We insulated a new metal building that was built to be a
bar/restaurant with closed cell polyurethane foam. Because of
the efficiency of the product the owner was able to redesign the
HVAC system and reduce the size of the units by TEN TONS. They
saved more on the HVAC system than the insulation cost to
install in their building and the owners continue to save
hundreds of dollars a month on the electrical bills.
We insulated a 2600 square foot house with closed cell
polyurethane foam. Because of the efficiency of the product a
2-˝ ton HVAC unit was installed. The thermostat is kept on 72
degrees year round.
In the last thirty-six months the owners have not had an
electric bill over $94.00.
Closed cell polyurethane insulation is the perfect choice for
all frame, metal or block buildings. With the efficiency of the
product you are able to greatly reduce the size of your HVAC
systems, eliminate additional vapor barriers and wraps, ridge
vents on roofs and a few other things. You will be surprised at
how little it will actually cost to have it installed and also
with the amount of money it saves you every month.
Alpine Foam offers a 100% lifetime warranty against damage from
molds and mildew when we install closed cell polyurethane foam
insulation in your building following our guidelines.
Alpine Foam also offers a 100% lifetime warranty against any
shrinkage, cracking or settling of closed cell polyurethane foam
insulation when we install it in your building.
The best and simplest way to
show the effectiveness and efficiencies of closed cell
polyurethane foam insulation is for you to do the following:
- Put your hand on the
side of your freezer.
- The temperature of
your freezer should be set at 0. The outside of your
freezer is at room temperature. There is only one inch
of closed cell polyurethane foam insulation between your
hand and the frozen items inside the freezer. There is
no condensation on the outside of the freezer and you
cannot feel the cold temperature from the inside of the
- Put your hand on the
side of your water heater.
- The temperature of the
water heater is usually set between 120 and 160. The
outside of your water heater is at room temperature.
There is only one inch of closed cell polyurethane foam
insulation between your hand and the hot water inside
your water heater. There is no condensation on the
outside of the water heater and you cannot feel the hot
water from the inside of the water heater.
IT'S THAT SIMPLE AND IT
WORKS THAT WELL!
- 2” of closed cell
polyurethane foam will protect you from - 30F to + 240F.
- 1.8lb closed cell
polyurethane foam has 2.188 times the “R” value and 2.87
the efficiency of fiberglass insulation.
A 2” average application of
closed cell polyurethane foam insulation
is what we recommend for your roof structure, exterior walls and
Why should I
worry about wall strength?
Your walls are the main structural component of your home.
In wood frame construction, the weight of the roof and any snow
on the roof push down on the walls with a compressive force.
Strong winds and wind gusts impose lateral loads onto your house
walls that tend to distort the walls with a shearing force.
Building codes require that walls be designed to withstand these
loads. However, when walls are built to minimum standards, while
safe, you may sense wall creaking during high winds or shaking
when doors are slammed or the kids are actively romping about.
a shearing force?
A shearing force on a wall tends to distort the wall
from it’s original shape as a rectangle into a
parallelogram. To test a wall’s resistance to the shear
forces imposed by wind loading, engineers use a “racking
test.” An 8 ft. x 8 ft. model wall is built and placed
in a large frame. The base of the wall is secured to the
frame and a horizontal (lateral) force is applied at one
upper corner. The force in increased in 400 lb.
increments until the wall structure fails.
is the effect of PROFOAM insulation on wall strength?
series of racking tests*, walls with and without
spray-applied polyurethane foam insulation were
compared. Two exterior facing materials were tested:
(1) Vinyl siding over 15-lb. building paper; and
(2) 5/8- inch textured plywood siding.
All wall panels were faced with 1/2-inch sheetrock on
the interior side and used 16 inch stud spacing. For the
stud wall panels that were insulated with spray-applied
polyurethane foam, the stud cavities were essentially
completely filled with foam of 1.5 lb/ft3 density.
graph indicates, stud walls filled with
spray-applied polyurethane foam add significant
strength to home walls. Furthermore, for each
load applied, the foam filled walls deformed
less and offered greater resilience.
provide for the use of polyurethane spray foam in the “Foam
Plastic Section” of the code. This section of the code also
describes the use of thermal barriers.
the three major code organizations (BOCA, ICBO, SBCCI) have
all been consolidated into a single building code
organization (ICC), most local inspection agencies use
building codes that are several years old. The following
table identifies the applicable code and approval sections
for polyurethane foam.
Code Body Approval Section
International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) 4202
Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI) 704.2
Building Officials and Code Administrators Int’l (BOCA) 717
Efficiency Ratings and R Values:
polyurethane 1.8lb foam insulation has 2.188 times the "R" value
and 2.87 times the efficiency of fiberglass insulation.
cell polyurethane foam has a perm rating of .87, it forms its
own moisture barrier and stops all air and moisture from passing
through it. 2 inches of closed cell polyurethane foam insulation
will protect you from -30F to +240F.
2 inches of PROFOAM polyurethane 1.8lb foam insulation is what
we recommend for your roof structures, walls and sub-floors.
US Department of Energy
National Laboratory System
Science and Technology Information
shows the equivalent “R” values of the most common types of
insulation. When insulation collects moisture or any air is
allowed to pass through it, the “R” value goes to zero.
insulation…….R 3.2 per inch
32% Efficiency Rating
3 ˝ inches in a 2X4 wall with a 32% ER is equivalent to
insulation……...R 3.5 per inch
36% Efficiency Rating
3 ˝ inches in a 2X4 wall with a 34% ER is equivalent to R
Open cell foam
insulation…….…R 3.5 per inch
44% Efficiency Rating
3 ˝ inches in a 2X4 wall with a 44% ER is equivalent to R
foam insulation….….R 7 per inch
92% Efficiency Rating
3˝ inches in a 2X4 wall with a 92% ER is equivalent to R
2 inches in a 2X4 wall with a 92% ER is equivalent to R
1 inch in a 2X4 wall with a 92% ER is equivalent to R 20.09
Does not collect moisture
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