Back to Basics: SPF Terminology

spray foam equipmentAs you may already be aware, Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) insulation is an amazingly versatile building product that can used in residential and commercial construction, as well as new construction and remodeling projects.

Many people are familiar with spray foam as wall insulation, but did you know that spray foam also can be used in many areas of homes and buildings, such as walls, attics, roofs, crawlspaces and basements, as well as cantilevered floors and to fill gaps and holes.

Common SPF Terms

Installing and inspecting spray foam applications requires a good familiarity with some of the more common industry jargon.

Here is some key lingo that we encourage SPF contractors – especially those who are relatively new to the business – understand inside and out:

  • Thermal Barrier: This is referred to the material applied over SPF designed to slow the temperature rise of the foam during a fire situation and delay its involvement in the fire. With few exceptions, building codes require that SPF be separated from interior spaces with a thermal barrier.
  • Ignition Barrier: A building code permitted protective covering applied over foam plastic insulations, including SPF, in attics and crawlspaces to increase the time it takes for the foam plastic to become involved in a fire. Ignition barriers do not provide as much fire protection as thermal barriers.
  • Occupied Space: A room or enclosed space designed for human occupancy in which individuals congregate for recreation, educational or similar purposes, or where occupants are engaged at work, and which is equipped with means of egress, and light and ventilation facilities meeting the requirements of this code.
  • Coatings:
    • Acrylic: A coating system based on an acrylic resin. Typically, a “water based” coating system that cures by coalescence and air-drying.
    • Polyurethane: A one- or two-part coating that contains isocyanate monomer and a hydroxyl containing resin, which react during cure to form a polyurethane elastomer.
    • Silicone: A liquid-applied, solvent dispersed, elastomeric protective coating whose principal polymer in the dispersion contains more than 95 percent silicone resin. Some high solids silicone coatings may have little or no solvent content.

For more information, or to learn more important SPF terminology, a full glossary of terminology used in spray foam applications can be found here.

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