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The Benefits of SPF in Insulation Applications

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by Rick Duncan, PhD, PE

A wide range of polyurethane foam products is available in various densities and open-cell content, each exhibiting different performance characteristics such as application temperature, moisture resistance and R-value, and compressive strength. While a previous article in The Construction Specifier examined the basics of Sprayed polyurethane foam (SPF), this feature examines how foam selection affects installation characteristics, including the maximum lift thickness per pass and allowable substrate temperatures that affect final product performance.

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Benefits of SPF in insulation applications

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by Rick Duncan, PhD, PE

Use of sprayed polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation has steadily become more widespread. Used in residential and commercial structures of various types, SPF is a high-performance option for the building envelope. When applied in ceilings, walls, and floors, the material boasts numerous benefits, including ease of installation, durability, energy efficiency, and improvements in indoor air quality (IAQ).

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R-values: Controversy and performance values (cont’d)

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The first article in this two-part series lays the groundwork for this discussion on R-values and their use as a metric for thermal insulation performance. Now, in this second part, the author examines the real-world use of it as a gauge for ensuring insulation products function as intended.1

When it was created, R-value was really the only useful tool in evaluating the effectiveness of the available building insulations, among …

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