Why Tripolymer?

Top 10 Reasons to Install Tripolymer® in Your Home or Building!

1. Up to 50% Savings on Energy Costs

According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Building Technology, the number one recommendation to help consumers reduce energy bills is to add insulation. The Department of Energy claims that only 20% of the homes built before 1980 are adequately insulated. Older homes are particularly vulnerable, leading to high heating and air-conditioning bills. Older homes are also at a disadvantage due to the costly demolition and reconstruction normally required to get insulation materials into existing walls. Injection foam insulation from Tripolymer® solves that dilemma with their unique injection process. Insulating your walls will help keep the living space conditioned and allow your heating and air conditioning units to run more efficiently, thus reducing your energy consumption.

2. Up to 80% Reduction in Outside Noise

Traffic, construction and barking dogs are reduced to whispers when you install Tripolymer® injection foam Insulation into the exterior walls of your home. Even interior walls, such as those around a bathroom or bedroom, can be insulated with Tripolymer® to help reduce interior noise transmissions. Tripolymer® injection foam boasts an impressive STC-53 (Sound Transmission Class) rating and can block up to 80% of unwanted outside noise which makes it one of the best sound insulators on the market today. In fact, one of the first things our customers report is an immediate reduction in outside noises.

3. Increased Comfort

Is your home cold in the winter and hot in the summer? Is the temperature upstairs between 5 to 10 degrees different from the temperature downstairs? Are your exterior walls hot or cold to the touch? Do you feel air flowing through outlets or wall switches? These are just some symptoms of an under-insulated home.
If you live in a home built before 1975, there may be little or no insulation in your exterior walls; but even if you live in a newer home, the “standard grade” fiberglass batt insulation installed in your walls is just not an effective barrier because it allows significant amounts of air to infiltrate your home. Adding Tripolymer® injection foam insulation to the exterior walls of your home will help stop this air infiltration. This makes for a more comfortable living space throughout your home.

4. Increase Fire Resistance

Tripolymer® injection foam insulation is also fire retardant and carries a “Class 1″ fire rating. It has a 1.5 hour flame resistivity, almost doubling the industry standard, and adds critical, life saving time to escape a burning home or building.
Tripolymer®, with its extreme fire resistance, has been used extensively in schools, hospitals, universities and residential housing as insulation and soundproofing. Tripolymer® has also been used to increase the fire ratings of interior and separation walls where deficiencies exist.
Unlike Polyurethane spray foams, which can be extremely flammable and emit large amounts of toxic gasses when burning, the by-products of Tripolymer® combustion are less toxic than those released from the burning of white pine, which is commonly used in residential home construction. Tripolymer® will not drip or support combustion when subjected to fire. In fact, MSDS reports describe Tripolymer® as “self-extinguishing – will not support combustion.” There is no other ‘foam in place’ insulation available that comes close to Tripolymer’s fire resistance qualities.
For over 34 years, Tripolymer’s injection foam insulation has engaged some of the most reputable independent laboratories in the country to test our product. 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! 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. To watch our fire demonstration video, click this link to see for yourself!

5. Increased Resale Value

Installing proper insulation levels can also make your home more attractive to potential buyers. According to the 2013 Energy Pulse Survey, 81% of Americans would choose one home over another based on its energy efficiency.

6. Improve Pest Control

Foam insulation fills the cavities in exterior walls and helps prevent bugs & rodents from nesting in the walls. Also, Tripolymer® injection foam provides no food source for bugs or rodents, so there is nothing to attract them in the first place.

7. Helps Prevent Frozen Pipes

Installing Tripolymer® injection foam insulation in exterior walls where plumbing pipes are located can help prevent those pipes from freezing during severe winter weather.

8. Less Dust

Filling your walls with foam insulation may also result in a reduction of dust accumulation. Fiberglass and cellulose insulations tend to collect dust, then air moving thru your walls draws the dust into the home. Studies show that homes with foam insulation in the walls have 60% less dust than homes with fiberglass, cellulose or rock wool.

9. Go Green & Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Adding insulation is the wisest green investment you can make in your home because it lowers your energy consumption while reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. In the typical American home, 50-70% of the energy used is for heating and cooling. Most energy waste in the home is due to inadequate insulation and air leaks. By installing Tripolymer® injection foam insulation, you will be adding much needed insulation and reducing those air leaks.
Two of the largest contributors to the average person’s carbon footprint are electricity (12%) and gas, oil & coal (15%). By installing Tripolymer® injection foam into the exterior walls of your home, you can do your part to lower your carbon footprint, be a responsible steward of the environment AND save money on your utilizes, all at the same time.
Tripolymer® Insulation is also biodegradable, thereby reducing landfill waste. It contains Zero CFC’s and has no out gassing concerns. When you choose Tripolymer® for your home, you are making a commitment to the environment. Your home will not only be well-insulated, but will be a healthy living space for you and your family.

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I’m a Building Pro… Why Should I ChooseTripolymer® over the Competition?

By far the most common question we are asked by general contractors is “Why should I use Tripolymer® Foam insulation instead of the other urea formaldehyde products that are available?” Below are several reasons:

Safest Available

Tripolymer® Foam Insulation is a hybrid belonging to one of the oldest groups of synthetically produced thermosetting plastics. Phenolics, as they are referred to, were first synthesized in 1907 in the form of Bakelite. Today, phenolic plastics are used extensively and are well recognized for their durability, structural integrity, and extraordinary fire resistance. Phenolic plastics are used in computer electronics, automobiles, machine parts, gears, fireproof coatings, waterproof binders, tools, and thousands of other commercial and household items. When manufactured for use as a foam media, Phenolics are one of the safest and most durable cellular plastics available.
Our competition, Urea Formaldehyde (U.F.), also known as Amino Plast resins, were developed for use as water-soluble adhesives and glues. When converted into foam insulation they have a tendency to be light in density and have relativity little structural strength. Being simple in chemical composition and having weak molecular bonding, Urea Formaldehyde foam hydrolyzes or decomposes over time and is subject to moisture and bacterial decomposition. Most Urea Formaldehyde resins manufactured today are used as precursors for controlled release nitrogen fertilizers, temporary foundry castings and interior grade plywood adhesives. Tripolymer® will not powder or decompose over time like amino plast urea formaldehyde foams.

40+ Years in Production

C.P. Chemical Co. has been producing Tripolymer® products for over 40 years. In 2008, manufacturing reached an all time high of 11 million pounds of products, servicing customers worldwide. When choosing a foam product, look for the original Tripolymer® label. There’s only one, and it’s only made by C.P. Chemical Co.

Increases Fire Ratings of Walls

Tripolymer® Foam Insulation has been proven conclusively to increase the fire ratings on many different wall configurations. Government agencies have specified Tripolymer® in wall systems that have been found to be deficient in their fire hour ratings in order to bring them up to code. In many situations mock up walls have been constructed in duplicate, identical to those in question and subjected to the A.S.T.M. E-119 firewall test. In every instance Tripolymer® has increased the test walls fire rating from 50% to 150%. Many Urea Formaldehyde foam products containing organic elastomers such as latex, glycols, free urea or sugars as additives can actually decrease fire ratings.

Does Not Decompose Over Time

Tripolymer® Foam is comprised of countless numbers of cyclic, Ch² linked phenolic molecules. These bonds or links connecting the phenolic rings together are irreversible in nature and give Tripolymer® its superior stability over time and its high resistance to heat and humidity. Most Urea Formaldehydes are comprised of a majority of mono, di and tri and possibly some tetra and di-nuclear methalol groups. These molecules are comprised of one, two, three or four formaldehyde molecules linked to one urea molecule. Heat, humidity and time can cause decomposition of these hydroxy methyl groups making the foam powder and fall apart.


The Tripolymer® Insulation system uses only mild synthetic cross-linking agents for curing, and is a self-neutralizing cyclic polymer that will not vary in pH when it is cured. Heat or humidity will not cause Tripolymer® to liberate any corrosive catalysts or strong mineral acids which can be corrosive to metals. Some Urea Formaldehydes use sulfonic or strong mineral acids such as sulfuric or hydrochloric acid to cure them. Over time humidity can liberate these acids and cause corrosion and decomposition of the foam.

Less Moisture

Tripolymer® contains less moisture than Urea Formaldehydes. During the manufacturing process water is stripped from the resin component making the finished foam product much dryer than urea formaldehyde foams.

Consistent Product from One Manufacturer

Many Urea Formaldehyde installers purchase their chemicals from different suppliers, as prices vary, so there is no way to be sure the foam product you are purchasing meets the specifications as advertised. With Tripolymer, material is shipped from manufacturer in a finished foam liquid form, thus insuring product consistency from one drum to the next.

Shipped in Finished Form vs. On-Site Mixing (Quality Control Issue)

The manufacturing of Tripolymer® is an exacting process and it is only sold in a finished liquid form. No mixing of the resin component is required by the installer on the job site or at his shop. Many urea formaldehyde products are supplied in a powder form and require the installer to add water and other chemicals in order to complete the manufacturing process. Each individual installer now becomes a “manufacturer” of the resin component and the finished foam product can vary dramatically from one batch to another and from one location to another.

Certified Installers & Patented Installation Equipment

Our installers are trained and certified, and we only use patented installation equipment designed specifically for Tripolymer’s insulation products. This guarantees that the Tripolymer® Foam Insulation installed in your project will be of the highest quality every time it is installed. With the competition, Urea Formaldehyde foaming equipment varies greatly in design from one supplier to the next and cannot be used with Tripolymer® Foam Insulation. Urea Formaldehydes and Tripolymer® Products are completely different in design and chemical composition.

Complex Formula Made from 21 components vs 3-4

Tripolymer® is comprised of 21 individual monomers that under high temperature and pressure are converted into a complex co-polymer. Each one of these monomers performs a specific task in producing Tripolymer® Foam Insulation’s unique characteristics. A typical Urea Formaldehyde foam consists normally of 3 to 4 components. Little consideration is given to properties such as shrinkage, compressive strength, hydrolysis electrical conductivity, heat of combustion or ultra violet sensitivity and many others important criteria that make foam insulation into a quality product.

Tripolymer’s Raw Materials are “Technical Grade”, not “Industrial Grade”

Tripolymer® Insulation is manufactured only from highest quality technical grade raw materials. The competition, Urea formaldehydes, are produced from fertilizer or industrial grade chemicals.

Longer Shelf Life = More Reliable Product

All foam insulation resins undergo what is known as an aging process. Under normal conditions, Tripolymer® is extremely stable and the resin component, prior to being converted into foam insulation, will last several months. Tripolymer® resin can be used immediately after it is manufactured, up until the last day of its shelf life with no change in the finished foam insulation characteristics. Many urea formaldehydes have very limited shelf lives (from 1 to 7 days) after the water has been added. As these resins quickly age, their molecular structure changes and the chemicals that have been simply added by the installer do not have time to react, nor do they react properly without the proper catalysts and buffers at ambient temperatures. Installing freshly mixed urea formaldehyde foam resins can cause the final foam product to decompose and powder over time.