Friday, October 19, 2012

Highly Trained and Certified Staff to Install High Pressured SPF Insulation

Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) insulation can either be open-cell or closed-cell foam. The open-cell foam has tiny cells that are not completely closed (thus the name "open" cell). This allows air to fill up the open spaces inside the material, making the foam weaker and softer to the touch.

Closed-cell foam, on the other hand, is made up of cells completely closed and packed together. They are filled with a gas that forces the foam to rise and expand which makes it a greater insulator.

Closed-cell foam has a greater R value, is stronger and it has a better resistance to the leakage of air and water vapor. The higher the density the foam, the heavier, or stronger it becomes.

For mid-size jobs in homes, there are low pressure (< 250 pounds per inch) two-component kits for SPF projects. These are used to insulate small areas by SPF foam contractors who use special personal protective equipment.

One of the spray rigs used in Washington Roofing's projects.

Commercial applications and other large renovations use two-component, high pressure systems (800-1600 psi) with 55-gallon drums and a spray rig. This product is applied by contractors who have had special training and use specialized personal protective equipment, including respirators.

Washington Roofing & Insulation uses BASF Closed Cell Spray Foam and the staff is trained and certified for SPF commercial projects. For more information, visit our website or contact us at 800.383.3062

Thursday, October 4, 2012

BASF Walltite Foam Project in Kansas Near Completion

One of the bigger projects that we have been working on this summer is for the Kansas City Kansas Community College who is refurbishing an old Walmart and turning the building into their new Technical Center. BASF Walltite foam insulation is being used to insulate the entire building and we should be finished later this fall. Below are some photos taken during the construction phase:

Closed Cell Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation

Another shot of the building with Closed Cell Spray
Polyurethane Foam Roofing

Spray Polyurethane Foam in progress.

Our foam rig setup

We spray 4" of closed Cell SPF in stud cavity

The building will house many different technical classes for students and is scheduled to be completed in the Summer of 2013 with their Grand Opening that Fall.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Results are In for the Alpha Roofing Rating System

The results of the Arizona State University Alpha Roofing Rating System were recently posted, and Washington Roofing & Insulation (WRI) is proud to announce we again received a high 9.8 rating as set by the Performance Based Studies Research Group (PBSRG). The maximum rating is a 10.

During the process of renewal for the rating, the PGSRG (a third-party research organization) surveyed our client base and conducted comprehensive field tests over 1,427,600 square feet of WRI installed commercial roofs. Ratings were based upon roofing leaks, customer satisfaction with product and customer satisfaction with contractor. All respondents said they were 100% satisfied with the process. The oldest roof surveyed was 28 years old.

There are only 14 roofing contractors in the United States that participate in this study and WRI received the highest rating given this year.

You can view the latest report by going to the PBSRG website and downloading the pdf file here.