Spray Foam Professional - Fall 2012 - (Page 18)

BEHIND THE FOAM BROTHERS WHO SPRAY TOGETHER STAY TOGETHER NEIL AND NICK RADER HAVE A GROWING SPRAYFOAM INSULATION BUSINESS IN LOUISIANA N eil Rader is only 28, but he's old enough to remember a different time in the insulation business, before the rapid rise of spray polyurethane foams. Rader and his brother, Nick, own Lafayette, La.-based Rader's Insulation Express, an SPFA Member company and a growing business that uses spray polyurethane foam for the majority of its projects. But when the Raders started their business in 2002, they used mostly fi berglass, along with mineral wool, cellulose, rock wool and vinyl strap insulation systems. "Ten years ago, you didn't see sprayfoam being used in the bigger jobs," Neil Rader said. "If you landed a nice, new residential home, that was considered a nice sprayfoam job. But now that so many architects have knowledge about this product and believe in it, you're starting to see it pop up everywhere, and the size of the jobs we're getting is bigger every day. It's exciting to land a 100,000-square-foot project. The more foam, the better." Sprayfoam has been good to the Raders, serving as the bread and butter of a business that now has several locations across Louisiana and routinely bids on jobs throughout the Southeast. Nick Rader, a 34-year-old alumnus of the University of Mississippi, started the business and remains its president. Neil, a graduate of Louisiana State University, would work with his brother whenever he was home from school and would later join the company as vice president. They started out with a just a handful of workers but now have more than three dozen employees. The Raders deploy up to a dozen three- or fourman crews at a time, and the company has six full-time salesmen and several estimators. 18 SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL | Fall 2012 The company gets about two-thirds of its business from commercial projects and the remainder from residential, with apartment complexes, schools, hospitals and even oil rigs and shrimp boats counted among the Raders' clients. Their crews use open-cell, closed-cell and three-pound roofi ng foam almost every day. "We saw an opportunity and acted on it, and it's worked out for us," Neil Rader said of his family business. "Large-scale commercial sprayfoam is our main focus. With the commercial sprayfoam rigs we have, two people can spray out of the back of one. You have about 1,200 feet of hose that two men can share, so you can spray 600 feet on each side. That allows for production to increase significantly." Some of the Raders' recent highlights with open-cell foam: spraying six inches on the roof deck of the new, 51,500-square-foot Episcopal School of Acadiana in Lafayette; nine inches of foam and thermal barrier for the underside of the 44,000-square-foot LSU health-services building in Baton Rouge; five inches of foam on the roof deck of the 48,000-square-foot Joie De Vivre urban housing complex in Lafayette; six inches of foam and thermal barrier for the roof deck of the 65,000-squarefoot Bossier City Elementary School in Shreveport, La.; and six inches of foam and thermal barrier for the roof deck of a new, 62,000-square-foot hotel and conference center in Tillman, Ark. "Sprayfoam is really popular with architects in Louisiana because it's so effective," Neil Rader said. "It's that much more energy efficient than your conventional insulation." Neil Rader said his years working with sprayfoam have provided lessons in virtually every aspect of the business. Some points of emphasis: Ni k Rader (left) d N il R d ( i ht) Nick R d (l ft) and Neil Rader (right) were the subject of a feature article in The Builder’s Journal. And always keep your gun greased… If you grease a gun properly, you don’t have to open it up for two months, but if you don’t grease the gun, you might have to open it up every day.” http://www.sprayfoam.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Spray Foam Professional - Fall 2012

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S CORNER
PRESIDENT’S POST
FOAM BUSINESS NEWS
SPFA TODAY
ABAA NEWS
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
SAFETY FIRST
BEHIND THE FOAM
2012 SPFA CONTRACTOR AWARDS
GETTING SUSTAINABLE ROOFING RIGHT
MILITARY STANDARDS AND SPRAY POLYURETHANE FOAM INSULATION – PART 2
IRAQ – U.S. MILITARY IN IRAQ BENEFITS FROM PERFORMANCE OF SPF
ASK THE EXPERT
UPCOMING EVENTS
INDEX OF ADVERTISERS/ADVERTISERS.COM

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