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For most commercial roofing and insulation jobs, spray foam is an indispensable material.
Spray foam roofing is energy efficient, environmentally-friendly, and economical. It provides excellent waterproof protection, has a long lifespan, and is quick to install. Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) insulation improves energy efficiency while offering better and more thorough protection than other materials.
There are many types of spray form equipment available for commercial roofing and insulation, such as:
- Mobile spray foam rigs: these all-in-one portable units are self-contained. They help improve efficiency and productivity by making sure you have everything you need for a job in one place so you can minimize downtime.
- Spray foam machines: often referred to as proportioners, these machines are best for handling SPF insulation projects and high-volume commercial spray jobs thanks to their power, performance, and reliability.
- Spray form guns: these tools are essential for applying sprayed materials in roofing and insulation projects. There are different types of spray foam guns, such as mechanical purge guns, air purge guns, and solvent purge guns.
To get the best results and maximize the productivity for your roofing and insulation jobs, you need to choose the best spray foam equipment that meets your needs. Here’s what to look for:
Cost of Materials and Supplies
You have probably encountered these scenarios: you buy an inkjet printer for $70 only to realize that everytime it runs out of ink, you have to spend $35 on an ink cartridge. Or, you get a smartphone for at no cost, but you have to sign a 2-year contract with so much small print that it makes your head spin. The same thing can happen when you buy spray foam equipment.
Many spray form equipment vendors tie the supplies to the purchase of the equipment. Even though the equipment may be lower in price, you could end up spending a lot more on supplies in the long run. Not to mention, if the vendor runs out of materials, your jobs may get held up and that’d cost you even more.
Look for equipment that does not require the purchase of spray foam supplies from the vendor. It gives you the flexibility to choose the most cost-efficient materials for your jobs.
Ease of Maintenance and Operation
When purchasing the best spray foam equipment, consider the time and effort required to maintain and operate the machines:
- Look for tools that deliver accurate applications to minimize repair and downtime.
- Choose equipment that is easy to clean. Not only will you reduce the day-to-day maintenance time, but the equipment will also last longer because it can be properly maintained more easily.
- Select machines that allow you to mix materials easily. This will help improve efficiency and increase your productivity.
Accessibility to Parts and Technical Support
If a piece of equipment breaks down, the vendor should be able to provide the necessary support (e.g., sending the parts or providing in-person technical support) the very same day or on the next day.
Choose an equipment supplier that has locations around the country, so it can coordinate shipment to get the right parts to you as quickly as possible (e.g., within 24 hours) or send a technician to help with the repair within just a few hours.
In addition, don’t overlook the supplier’s ability to provide outstanding and responsive customer service. For example, making sure that you always get the right parts shipped to you, having the expertise to offer training when needed, and providing troubleshooting assistance within 24 – 48 hours.
Warranty and Insurance Coverage
You should not have to jump through hoops to get your equipment repaired when there are jobs waiting to get done. Purchase your spray foam equipment from a vendor that stands behind its products and can provide the right kind of technical assistance both on the phone and in-person.
In addition, you do not want to be left hanging if a vendor goes out of business. Unfortunately, most rig builders have no formal backing and are not always covered by insurance. If these suppliers close their doors, you’d have to find another builder to help with maintenance and the cost could add up quickly.
When you make a purchase from a spray foam equipment supplier, make sure it has a good reputation, has been in business for a while, and is properly insured to give its customers the necessary protection.
The Best Spray Foam Equipment for Roofing and Insulation Contractors
Having the best spray foam equipment that comes with outstanding technical support can help you run your contracting business cost-efficiently by improving the quality of your work while reducing downtime and maintenance cost.
Intech has been offering spray foam equipment, parts, turn-key mobiles pray systems, and expert technical assistance to contractors all over the US since 1995. We’re your one-stop shop for all spray foam equipment without locking you into supplies. Check out our extensive spray form equipment resource center or contact us for more information.