Frequently Asked Questions:
How does Tripolymer® compare to other insulation materials?
What is Tripolymer’s R-value? Why is it important?
R-value is the standard measure of thermal resistance – the resistance in temperature movement in your walls. The higher the R-Value, the better the energy efficiency will be. Our R-value of 5.1 per inch is higher because it fills more of your wall cavity and has a higher density. Tripolymer’s R-value of 5.1 per inch is 25% above the blown-in cellulose and 45% greater than fiberglass
What isTripolymer® wall foam insulation?
Tripolymer wall foam insulation is a hybrid belonging to one of the oldest groups of synthetically produced thermosetting plastics. Today, the same base materials are well known their durability, structural integrity, and extraordinary fire resistance. They are used in electronics, automobiles, machine parts, fire-proof coatings, adhesives, tools, and thousands of other commercial and household items. When made into a foam insulation material, they are one of the safest and most efficient thermal and acoustical insulation products available.
Does Tripolymer® wall foam expand after it is installed?
No, unlike polyurethane foams which expands anywhere from 20 to 100 times their original liquid volume, Tripolymer is totally expanded once it leaves the installation equipment. No further expansion occurs after it has been installed.
Will Tripolymer® wall foam damage my walls?
No, unlike polyurethane foams sprayed in attics or open cavities, Tripolymer is totally expanded upon leaving our installation equipment. No further expansion occurs so there is little risk of blowing out walls due to foam expansion.
On which types of homes or buildings can Tripolymer® wall foam be installed?
Tripolymer can be used on any type of exterior building siding including brick, siding, stucco, vinyl and cement blocks.
I have fiberglass insulation in my walls. Isn’t that enough?
A big part of what keeps your A/C or heater running is heat and air transfer through your walls. Even though your existing fiberglass or cellulose insulation meets minimum R-value standards, it typically has a poor heat and air transfer rate. Energy bills can be significantly reduced with a solid content insulation such as Tripolymer.
I spoke with a contractor who wants to use cellulose as my wall insulation. How is Tripolymer® better?
First, dense-packed cellulose cannot be placed in walls with existing fiberglass or cellulose insulation without costly repairs or removal of drywall. Tripolymer, on the other hand, is able to be injected directly into the wall cavity where it flows in and around any existing insulation. Tripolymer is also much better at reducing air infiltration due to its solid content.
Second, Tripolymer wall foam has an R-value, the standard measurement of thermal resistance, of 5.1 per inch, which is 25% above the best blown-in cellulose and 45% greater than fiberglass. Additional benefits of Tripolymer are that it is not subject to mold, as with cellulose, and it is far superior in fire resistance.
Can Tripolymer® wall foam leak out of an existing hole in my wall?
No, Tripolymer solidifies within seconds of installation and becomes a fundamental part of your wall system.
Is Tripolymer® wall foam fire resistant?
Yes, most architects and engineers agree that it requires more than one specific type of test to determine the fire characteristics of an insulation product. In independent tests using the ASTM E-119 procedure, fire tests were performed on many different standard and custom wall designs. Two identical walls were constructed – one empty, the other filled with Tripolymer foam. In every test, the Tripolymer-filled wall showed an increase of fire ratings from 50 to 150 percent! Additionally, Tripolymer does not melt or vaporize like other foam insulation materials when subjected to the ASTM E-119 testing. Tripolymer wall foam has been subjected to all applicable fire tests in redundancy in order to obtain the most accurate profile possible, and has performed in every case with astounding results. View our fire resistance video to see for yourself.
Can Tripolymer® wall foam increase the fire safety rating of a wall system in my home or building?
Yes, Tripolymer can help prevent the spread of fire through the walls of your home. In every test, the Tripolymer-filled walls showed an increase of fire ratings from 50 to 150 percent! Tripolymer does not melt or vaporize like other foam insulation materials when subjected to the ASTM E-119 testing. Because of its unparalleled fire resistance, Tripolymer has been approved by many state and local building and fire departments as the only foam-in-place insulation product to be used to increase fire ratings on existing non-compliant wall systems. View our fire resistance video to see for yourself.
Does Tripolymer® emit any toxic gasses during installation or when subjected to high temperatures?
No, when tested in accordance with the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, Tripolymer’s by-products of combustion are significantly less toxic than those produced by the burning of white pine… a common wood used extensively in residential home construction. When tested for hazardous materials as listed in the EPA’s Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act under sections 311 & 312, test results show no toxic materials were detected, and combined aldehyde were again undetected at a level of 0.0007%.
Is Tripolymer® a urea formaldehyde-based foam? Does it contain CFC’s?
No, Tripolymer is a unique non-urea formaldehyde based proprietary product and does not use formaldehyde in the manufacturing process. (Ambient formaldehyde levels occur in parts per billion as in water, air, hair, and etc.) It is a phenolic-based injection foam made from the same thermosetting plastic family as billiard balls and fireproof coatings. Tripolymer is safe, water soluble during installation, biodegradable, and does not emit toxic gasses during or after installation, nor does not contain or use any chlorofluorocarbons in the manufacturing or foaming process.
Can Tripolymer® be used to reduce noise transmission thru wood stud or steel wall construction?
Yes, Tripolymer is one of the best sound insulators on the market with an STC (Sound Transmission Class) rating of 53 in a standard wood frame 2″ x 4″ wall with a single layer of gypsum board on either side.
Is Tripolymer® wall foam eligible for LEED credits?
Tripolymer Insulation can contribute to earning several LEED credits throughout the program. Using Tripolymer for your next LEED project will not only assist you in earning LEED credits, but will provide your customers with a healthy and safe wall insulation they can depend on.
Is Tripolymer® wall foam corrosive?
No. Unlike urea formaldehyde type foams that rely on strong mineral acids for setting and final curing, Tripolymer is polymerized by using synthetic cross linking compounds, producing a self neutralizing, and non-corrosive foam product.
Where is Tripolymer® wall foam manufactured? How is it shipped?
Tripolymer foam and our installation rigs are proudly manufactured in America. Material is shipped in a finished foam liquid form, thus insuring product consistency from drum to drum.