One of EPS foam’s best qualities – and it has a lot of them – is its versatility. It can be used in such a wide variety of applications, it often surprises consumers who are used to seeing it as packaging material. In fact, one of the most popular uses for EPS foam is a somewhat hidden one: in building and construction. The EPS Industry Alliance describes its application this way: “EPS offers the perfect combination of mechanical and physical properties, including dimensional stability, permanent R-value and inherent water resistance and compressive strength, as well as offering longevity and sustainable green credentials.” In other words, EPS foam packs serious value into its lightweight material.
There are four primary avenues of use for EPS foam in the building and construction industry: EPS building systems, commercial applications, residential applications, and geofoam for civil engineering solutions. Plymouth Foam, an Altor Solutions Company, can help with all of the above mentioned situations.
EPS building systems have commercial and residential applications. They fall into three primary categories. EPS Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) are pre-made forms (often sections of walls or entire wall panels) that are filled with concrete to provide superior R-value. Due to their durability, they are also perfect for construction in areas prone to extreme weather, such as tornadoes or hurricanes. Structural Insulating Panels (SIPS) are used to construct exterior walls, roofs, ceilings, and floors and can be customized to a project’s needs. Lastly, Exterior Insulating Finishing Systems (EIFS) serve as the insulation base for synthetic stucco. EIFS are popular in commercial structures for their design versatility.
Aside from the building systems mentioned above, EPS foam has many uses in traditional residential and commercial construction. It is used in roofing, flooring, and foundations. It benefits newer homes installing radiant floor heating systems and works as a thermal break, ensuring uniform and efficient heat distribution. For companies needing cold storage, nothing beats EPS foam’s thermal stability. Add in its moisture-resistant properties, and you have the perfect insulator for rooms that need to be consistently cool.
EPS is the most cost-effective insulation material whose R-value does not decrease with age. It will help ensure homeowners and business owners are thrilled with their new construction or remodel. Reach out to Plymouth Foam, email@example.com when you are ready to start your next project.