SPRAYFOAM Professional - Fall 2017 - 22
Spray foam brings so many benefits
in addition to reduced heating and
cooling costs. Sound quality, reduction in
mold and mildew, and insect resistance all
can be additional selling points."
applications, a number of niches are
emerging, say Schenke and his colleague Shane Kolish, an Accella technical sales representative.
"Diversification is a huge key to the
business," Kolish said. "Pretty much
whatever you can imagine is your only
limitation. I've had a few guys who
have floored me with some of their
ideas, and they've turned out to be
absolutely amazing. Then I've also had
a few other guys who have come up
with some wild one-off applications.
Pipes with sprayfoam insulation.
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I've had to tell them, 'Unfortunately,
this won't work.'"
Kolish has seen spray foam used to
create furniture and replace taxidermy.
"With taxidermy, they used to take the
original fish, skillfully cut open one side
to extract the interior, fill it with resin
and mount it to the plaque. Now, there's
nothing there to do with the original
fish. They mold it, pour in the foam,
paint it and add a glass eye."
He says one aquarium had a life-sized
humpback whale created and shipped
on three semi-trucks because of the
size. Once assembled onsite, the "entire
thing is hung by five hooks on the ceiling
because it weighs basically nothing."
Theme parks, of course, have used
spray foam to shape fantasy lands and
cartoon characters. That same technique
is moving to the home, with large faux
rocks and other landscape settings created for décor. "Faux rocks look exactly
like slate or marble or granite or limestone and can be picked up or moved
by one person," Kolish said.
Agriculture is another growing
niche, Schenke said. Marijuanagrowing facilities in states where it
is legal require a controlled environment, and buildings are insulated from
the inside or the outside. Large animal
operations, such as pig farms, have
waste water digesters where bacteria
digest the animal waste and temperature control is needed.
Vineyards - particularly those with
large productions - look to foam to
Vertex Insulation Inc.