Mesa, Arizona – SWD Urethane has launched a new spray polyurethane foam, which it claims is the first in a new category of open-cell spray foam insulation.
Quik-Shield 108 has a nominal density of 0.4lb/ft3 (6.4kg/m3), which the company says gives a 25% greater yield than traditional open-cell spray foams, whose density is typically 0.5lb/ft3 (8kg/m3).
“It means the spray foam contractor who is installing the product will see a 25% increase in product yield,” said marketing director Alan Annis. “This significantly reduces their material costs and makes them more competitive when trying to win project bids. Because contractors using Quik-Shield 108 can be a lot more competitive with their bidding, we anticipate the homeowner will benefit from a lower install cost for spray foam insulation.”
Other features of the new product include a 360° cavity fill, which allows applicators to fill an entire wall cavity with a single zipping motion, and applicators that can spray an 8'' pass on a roof deck from a distance of up to 15ft (5m) without the foam either dripping or falling off the deck. This may mean ladders and scaffolding can be avoided. “It will transform the way spray foam contractors stage and complete jobs,” claimed the company’s president, Jim Perkins.
The foam’s R-value is R-3.6/inch, comparable to other open-cell spray foams. This equates to an R-13 in a 2x4 stud wall cavity, as prescribed by the building code in various climate zones, Annis said. Its durability is also comparable to other foams, and householders can expect a 40–50% reduction in heating and cooling bills compared to traditional insulation products such as fibreglass.
The product was designed and manufactured in-house at the company’s Arizona facility.