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Wrap up your year, and your home with EPS Insulation by Plasti-Fab

December 12, 2017

As we begin to wrap up 2017, we cannot stress enough the importance of good insulation for your home or business. Insulation is the key to keeping your home comfortable regardless of the weather, and save you money in the process.

People are continually looking at different ways to increase their energy efficiency and decrease their energy costs. So what do they do? Replace windows and doors. Well that’s a great start, but what about all that space between your windows and doors? How much energy do you think is leaving through your walls every day? Parents are always after their kids to shut the door so we don’t let the heat or cool air out but in reality, you could be losing up to 33% of your heating and cooling through your walls each day due to thermal bridges caused by the wood studs that frame your wall.

So how do we solve this problem? That’s where CONTINUOUS exterior INSULATING sheathing OVER THE EXTERIOR OF YOUR FRAMED WALL comes in. Think of CONTINUOUS exterior INSULATING sheathing as MONOLITHIC blanket that you wrap around your home, keeping the temperature stable, and increasing the energy efficiency.That’s where continuous exterior insulating sheathing over the exterior of your wood framed wall comes in. Think of exterior insulating sheathing insulation a monolithic blanket that you wrap around your home, keeping the temperature stable, and increasing the energy efficiency. If this is something you want to pursue to save on energy costs and improve the overall comfort of your home, we recommend EPS rigid insulation as a solution.

It is more cost effective and time effective to increase the R-value of your above grade wall by insulating from the outside in then from the inside out. Make sure you check your local building code; see what they have for rules, requirements and restrictions. This will save you from problems later on.

We have a good selection of rigid insulation that can be used as continuous exterior insulating sheathing. By adding PlastiSpan, PlastiSpan HD, EnerSpan or DuroFoam/DuroSpan insulation to your home we will increase your energy efficiency and decrease your costs. .

A little overview of the 5 types so you can chose the best for your application

  • PlastiSpan insulation has the lowest cost/R-value for rigid insulation
  • PlastiSpan HD insulation gives you a slightly higher R-Value and compressive strength.
  • EnerSpan insulation is a graphite-enhanced EPS insulation made with Neopor by BASF, with silver-gray that provides an enhanced R-value
  • DuroFoam and DuroSpan insulation are PlastiSpan or EnerSpan insulation with a laminated film on both sides.

By using any one of these EPS rigid foam insulation product in your home, you will increase the R-value, and therefore comfort of your home. So while you wrap up your year and begin to prepare for 2018, don’t forget to wrap your home in one of the most cost effective EPS insulation solutions.

Need help deciding which product is right for you? Call us today! We will help you select the best EPS product solution for YOUR project! 888-446-5377

OR visit us online at http://www.PlastiFab.com

BONUS Feature: Holiday Decorations Made Easy with Plasti-Fab EPS

December 6, 2017

Yesterday we talked about making a winter wonderland with Plasti-Fab EPS, and as a follow up to that, today we will cover how to make some of the smaller decorations for the holidays. To save us time, reference How to Make a Winter Wonderland out of EPS Foam for the tips and tricks and the tools you need to complete your project. These are just a few examples of the types of things you can create with just a little foam.

Let’s get started….

Using Plasti-Fab EPS Handi-pac foam, create any word cutout to use as decoration.

Letter Cutouts

  1. To create cutout letters, start by laying a paper template over your sheet of foam. In this instance, we are going to use the word JOY. Trace your letters onto the EPS with a marker. The marker will show up the best, and since you will be painting the letters, it is okay if a little still shows once you cut them out.
  2. Cut out your letters with either your hot knife or utility knife. Since you will be cutting clean through the foam, make sure you have a safe work area that will not be damaged by the knife.
  3. Paint your letters with a non-oil base paint – acrylics work the best, and give you great coverage and vibrant color.
  4. After your paint has dried, apply any other decorative elements like buttons, ribbons glitter etc with foam-safe glue.
  5. Now you can finish this off either by leaving the letters separate and arranging them however you like, or you can attach them to a foam base using the glue or wooden dowels (depending on the height of your letters). This will keep your letters together to be displayed as one piece.
  6. Show off your decor!

3D Reindeer

You can also create 3D stand alone decorations with foam thanks to it’s rigid material properties. In this segment we will be going over how to make reindeer that stand in front of your fireplace or even greet guests at the door.

  1. Determine how you will assemble the pieces of your reindeer. Are you gluing/dowel connecting the pieces or will your pieces fit together with slots cut into the pieces to self-stand? Once you decide which method you would like to use, (we will be illustrating the first one) overlay paper templates onto the foam, tracing them onto the EPS with a marker.
  2. Using your hot knife or utility knife, cut out the template pieces. If you are not going to paint this piece, using a hot knife will provide a better edge, and more precise cutting so that none of the marker remains on the foam. You CAN sand the edges to create a smoother finish and remove any color remaining.
  3. Beginning with the legs, position them so they will stand level on a solid surface, and adhere them to the body using PL600 or small wooden dowels pressed into the foam. Keep in mind, glued legs will NOT move, and dowel legs will be more flexible.
  4. Finish the assembly with the antlers, glue being recommended here to make sure they do not move.
  5. Now you can embellish your reindeer with anything from garland to bows, paint, etc.
  6. And display!

Snowman

The last thing we are going to create today is a snowman, that can sit either inside or outside. This particular project has no cutting, tracing, etc. Just some creative assembly.

  1. Purchase 3 box style coolers that are 3 different sizes.
  2. Stack, then glue the coolers together to create the base of your snowman
  3. Now you simply decorate them however you like!
  4. Insert arms with gloves, or adhere buttons to the front.
  5. Remember when drawing on the EPS, a sharpie or felt tip marker will show up the best.
  6. Add a scarf, hat, etc. and you are ready. Lightweight snowmen that won’t melt regardless of the temperature!

We hope you have enjoyed our mini series on crafts and decorations using our PlastiSpan insulation and handi-pac foam. Remember you can pick these up at your local Home Depot.

For more information on Plasti-Fab EPS Product Solutions, visit us at https://www.plastifab.com/

How to Make a Winter Wonderland out of EPS Foam

December 5, 2017

Tis the season to break out the decorations and adorn our homes and businesses with holiday decor. While there is always the option of purchasing decorations, did you know you can completely customize them with some simple DIY materials? EPS foam is amazingly versatile, easy to work with, and completely safe for everyone in your home. Aside from it’s most commonly used application of insulation, EPS is used in a multitude of decorations, crafts, movie props, and more. And now, you can make your own!

Here are just a few ideas for DIY holiday decor :

  • Ornaments
  • Wreaths
  • Snowmen
  • Stockings
  • Christmas trees
  • Letter cutouts
  • and more!

Today, we are going to get a little more in depth and build a Winter Wonderland village that can be displayed inside your home. Not only is it lightweight and easy to work with, but you will be able to completely customize the look you want!

What do you need to get started? 
Before you begin, you will want to pick up some Plasti-Fab EPS from your local Home Depot. Depending on the size of your project, you can purchase either PlastiSpan Insulation (sold in 4’x8′ sheets) or Handi-Pacs, sold in smaller packages as shown.

Some other tools to collect prior to starting your project include mask, gloves, safety glasses, utility knife, extra blades, paint, spray bottle of water, foam-safe glue (like a PL600), and a hot knife if needed.

Some Tips & Tricks of working with Plasti-Fab EPS:

  • Have a spray bottle of water or a can of static spray to help with the “static cling” of the foam.
  • To hide imperfections in the craft, use a water-based filler. When dry, use sandpaper to smooth surface. Sand in one direction using smooth strokes.
  • To affix two or more pieces together, use non-solvent based adhesives (such as white glue or non-solvent contact cement). Allow to dry completely
    before applying paints.
  • To produce a 3D effect, cut pieces in layers and glue together. Allow a few minutes for the glue to dry.
  • To create small holes (e.g. eyes), use a sharp skewer (or other pointed tools) to punch a hole through the foam.
  • Some products will dissolve the foam quickly (e.g., solvent-based adhesives, non-latex based paints, etc.). Always test products on a scrap piece of foam
    before applying it to your project.
  • Use a sharp blade. Dull blades may cause rough cuts or breakage.

Let’s get started!

 

  1. Determine the size of your project
  2. Layer the foam at various angles to create the look you want to achieve
  3. There are two ways you can connect your foam layers. If you are going to disassemble your creation to move it, simply use small wooden dowels between the layers, similar to that of a cake. If you do not have to take it apart, use the foam-safe adhesive to connect the layers, letting it dry thoroughly
  4. Now you begin to sculpt! Using either a hot knife or utility knife (depending on the look you want) begin cutting away the foam to make anything from stairs, to ice, and even “snowy village terrain.”
  5. And voila! It’s that easy. Paint areas you wish to have different colors, or leave it white to represent snow in your winter wonderland.

Learn more ways to use EPS in your projects on our web site https://www.plastifab.com/index.html

How to Install Radon Guard™ Insulation for Radon Mitigation Systems

November 28, 2017

As a follow up to last week’s article about the dangers of Radon gas and the need for mitigation systems, take a look at the video below on installing Radon Guard™ by Plasti-Fab. With these simple steps as shown below, you can be living in a healthier home, free of Radon and other harmful soil gasses.

Plasti-Fab’s Sustainable Products to be Showcased at 2017 Construct Canada Show

November 27, 2017

It’s time again for the annual Construct Canada show in Toronto, Ontario. Visitors are able to see, touch and experience new sustainable technologies and products throughout the three day show. Plasti-Fab will be showcasing just a few of their many products this year that help with not just energy efficiency, but sustainable living and construction.

What is Construct Canada? The Buildings Show is the leader in sourcing, networking and education in Canada for the design, architecture, construction and real estate communities, creating the largest exposition for the entire industry.

More than 30,500 trade professionals attend the Show annually to discover new innovations across the building industry and source the latest materials, products, tools and technologies from more than 1,600 Canadian, US and international exhibits. Through the Show’s comprehensive seminar program, attendees can choose from 350+ seminars, keynotes, summits and roundtables led by a roster of 500+ industry experts.

Don’t miss a minute of the show and be sure to visit Plasti-Fab in booth #1026 to check out some of the showcased product lines below:

The Advantage ICF System®
Insulating Concrete Forming System for Above and Below grade applications. The Advantage ICF System is a patented insulating concrete forming system consisting of two layers of expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation connected with a web molded into the EPS insulation.

EnerGreen® Insulation
EnerGreen® insulation Board is a moulded expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation with a thin film laminated to the top and bottom surfaces. Features/Benefits: • Durable product less susceptible to handling damage • Easy to cut and install • Meets CAN-ULC S701, Types I, 2, and 3 • Meets International Residential Code requirements • For Retrofit and New Construction Continuous Insulation for: • Concrete Slab • Radiant Floor Heating Systems • Interior or Exterior Foundation Wall • Cathedral Ceilings & Roofs

EnerSpan® Insulation
EnerSpan® insulation is a rigid, closed cell, silver-gray insulation that meets or exceeds requirements for expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation manufactured to CAN/ULC-S701, Standard for Thermal Insulation, Polystyrene, Boards and Pipe Covering. EnerSpan insulation is manufactured using Neopor® F5300 GPS Plus, a graphite-enhanced expandable polystyrene (GPS) raw material provided by BASF. The graphite within the silver-gray cellular structure of EnerSpan insulation reduces radiation heat transfer and results in an enhanced thermal resistance compared to standard white EPS insulation manufactured to CAN/ULC-S701. EnerSpan Insulation applications: • Continuous exterior insulating sheathing • Interior or exterior foundation Insulation • Above or below concrete slab insulation Benefits: • R4.7/in. • No Thermal Drift • 100% R-value Warranty • Easy to cut, saw or score 2×8 ft, 4×8 ft 2 ft high bundles Plus special order sizes Thickness to meet job

GeoSpan® Compressible Fill
GeoSpan compressible fill material is an expanded polystyrene product designed to act as a compressible medium between swelling soils and structural elements. Where long-term soil movement can be predicted, GeoSpan compressible fill material can be designed to reduce the forces that would be induced on structures by soil movement, thus reducing the likelihood of damage to the structure above.

Radon Guard™ Insulation
Radon Guard™ insulation is a patent-pending sub-slab depressurization panel. Radon Guard allows for soil gas removal, insulates the concrete slab and provides a capillary break between the ground and the air barrier system.

Don’t forget to stop in and see us! BOOTH #1026 – See you there!

Build Healthier Homes with Plasti-Fab EPS Product Solutions

November 23, 2017

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With November being Radon action month in Canada, I would like to talk today about Radon gas and how it affects nearly every home to some degree.  Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada, and the leading cause among non-smokers. Several Canadian provinces have building code requirements in line with the National Building Code, which clearly define how to mitigate an interior space against radon gas.

Understanding how Radon enters your home is the first step in creating a healthier home. Radon is a radioactive gas. It comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your home traps radon inside, where it can build up.

In order to remove the threat of Radon gas from your home, you need a mitigation system built to properly channel and eliminate the harmful gasses. While there are many code-approved mitigation systems available, new technologies such as the use of EPS insulation specifically designed to help remove Radon gas have made these systems easier to complete.

Plasti-Fab has a key component within these mitigation systems, with their Radon Guard Insulation. It provides the space under the floor slab for the radon gas to move toward a vent stack, which diverts this deadly radioactive gas around interior spaces to vent harmlessly out the building roof.

 

An added benefit of Plasti-Fab Radon Guard Insulation, is that it provides under slab insulation to your building! The typical method of using washed gravel does not – so our product will help in producing a warmer, more energy-efficient building, in addition to protecting against radon gas. Radon Guard insulation is the code compliant one-to-one replacement for a 100 mm thick layer of granular material, the prescriptive solution
required by building codes.

Learn more about our Radon Guard™ insulation and how you can eliminate harmful Radon gas, and start living in a healthier home today.
Visit  https://www.plastifab.com/products/insulation/RadonGuard-insulation.html for more information.

Download our Radon Guard Insulation Brochure

Homeowner creates hurricane-resistant home with Advantage ICF System®

November 17, 2017


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Advantage ICF System®  – Seabrook Island, South Carolina, USA

A little over a year ago we published this article on a homeowner who used our Advantage ICF System to build their home for not just the energy efficiency aspect, but also the strength and security offer by ICFs against Mother Nature. With the rash of hurricanes affecting so many areas in the south, we want to highlight the building system as a viable option to withstand such climate impacts as the recent hurricanes.

South Carolina ICFArchitect Bruce Eason of New South Design specializes in classic, old world, custom home design. Many of his designs are also sold as house plans through his company New South Classics. Eason was contacted by a homeowner interested in constructing his popular Seabrook home plan on the southeast coast of Seabrook Island, outside of Charleston, South Carolina.

“We took our Seabrook design, with traditional stick framing, and modified it to withstand the forces of nature as this house was to be built right on the water,” said Eason. “The owner wanted to be sure that they had enough structure to handle the wind and water loads that typical hurricanes with wind and tidal surges could produce, and meet applicable building codes.”

icf blog 02Working with a structural engineer, Eason specified the Advantage ICF System® for the above grade walls. The Advantage ICF System delivers two continuous layers of expanded polystyrene insulation for exceptional energy efficiency, along with the strength and durability of reinforced concrete. Light gauge steel framing was used for the roof and interior walls.

“The Charleston summers are hot and humid,” said Eason. “ICF construction added greatly to the thermal protection for increased efficiency and comfort. The strength of the ICFs combined with the all steel framing is very important in hurricane prone areas. In this area you’ve got wind, water, heat and humidity—ICFs help mitigate all of that.”

Despite the home’s robust structure that is designed to withstand 140 mph winds, it retains the character of an authentic turn-ofthe- century Charleston-style home.

“You can use a new technology like ICFs and finish with a home that looks appropriate in the Charleston Lowcountry,” said Eason. “What’s behind the walls is very different than what you expect. It is very high-tech, energy-efficient, and it enhances the safety and durability of the house.”

icf blog 03“The home provides us with a great example of disaster-resistant and energy-efficient construction using the Advantage ICF System,” said Advantage ICF System Product Manager Greg Doren.

For more information on the strength of ICFs and how to integrate them into your project, visit www.advantageicf.com