The YES-Q Process

When we design products, we look at the business needs of the contractor, from their applicators to their sales team to their bottom line. We try to identify our benefit to the contractor at each of those levels.

We found that spray foam contractors have four important aspects for their production team: Yield, Efficiency, Safety, and Quality—or “YES-Q” for short. As a contractor, you need to look for a product that incorporates all of these traits.

The YES-Q Process

Yield

Yield is important because the more yield you get from a set of foam, the lower your material costs. Density plays a large role in this, as less dense foams have greater yield. The products out there that get the greatest overall yield are Ultra-Low Density foams. These can achieve a nominal density of 0.4 pcf and can yield 22,000 – 24,000 board feet per set of material. That is 25% more yield than traditional 0.5 pcf open-cell wall foam! This is assuming that the traditional foam is actually a 0.5 pcf—many open-cell foams are actually denser than that and may only get 15,000 board feet.

With the 25% additional yield from Ultra-Low Density foam, a job that would normally take 5 sets of foam can be completed with only 4 sets.

Efficiency

Greater efficiency reduces labor costs and can also reduce overhead costs.

The time it takes to complete a job is dependent on the density of the product you spray. If you want a labor-efficient install, you are going to want the lowest density product possible. This is because a job that normally takes 5 sets of typical open-cell foam can now be sprayed with only 4 sets of Ultra-Low Density foam. Naturally, it takes less time to spray 4 sets than it does 5, saving 20% labor on the job.

To get even greater efficiency on a jobsite, you should look at more than just density. Look for products that can be sprayed long range without it dripping out of the cavity or falling out of a roof deck.

Long-Range Application reduces the time-consuming process of setting up ladders and scaffolding, further reducing time to job completion. This means a properly trained applicator will finish a job more quickly—typically 20 – 30% faster.

In addition, the faster you can complete jobs, the more jobs you can complete in the same amount of time. More jobs completed allows you to spread your overhead over more jobs resulting in less overhead per job.

Another important efficiency feature you should look for in a foam is a fast reentry rate. With typical open-cell foams, other trades aren’t allowed in the building for as long as 24 hours after application. However, the industry’s leading reentry rate is only 1 hour for other trades—without the need for fans.

When we design products, we look at the business needs of the contractor, from their applicators to their sales team to their bottom line. We try to identify our benefit to the contractor at each of those levels.

We found that spray foam contractors have four important aspects for their production team: Yield, Efficiency, Safety, and Quality—or “YES-Q” for short. As a contractor, you need to look for a product that incorporates all of these traits.

The YES-Q Process

Yield
Yield is important because the more yield you get from a set of foam, the lower your material costs. Density plays a large role in this, as less dense foams have greater yield.

The products out there that get the greatest overall yield are Ultra-Low Density foams. These can achieve a nominal density of 0.4 pcf and can yield 22,000 – 24,000 board feet per set of material. That is 25% more yield than traditional 0.5 pcf open-cell wall foam! This is assuming that the traditional foam is actually a 0.5 pcf—many open-cell foams are actually denser than that and may only get 15,000 board feet.

With the 25% additional yield from Ultra-Low Density foam, a job that would normally take 5 sets of foam can be completed with only 4 sets.

Efficiency
Greater efficiency reduces labor costs and can also reduce overhead costs.

The time it takes to complete a job is dependent on the density of the product you spray. If you want a labor-efficient install, you are going to want the lowest density product possible. This is because a job that normally takes 5 sets of typical open-cell foam can now be sprayed with only 4 sets of Ultra-Low Density foam. Naturally, it takes less time to spray 4 sets than it does 5, saving 20% labor on the job.

To get even greater efficiency on a jobsite, you should look at more than just density. Look for products that can be sprayed long range without it dripping out of the cavity or falling out of a roof deck.

Long-Range Application reduces the time-consuming process of setting up ladders and scaffolding, further reducing time to job completion. This means a properly trained applicator will finish a job more quickly—typically 20 – 30% faster.

In addition, the faster you can complete jobs, the more jobs you can complete in the same amount of time. More jobs completed allows you to spread your overhead over more jobs resulting in less overhead per job.

Another important efficiency feature you should look for in a foam is a fast reentry rate. With typical open-cell foams, other trades aren’t allowed in the building for as long as 24 hours after application. However, the industry’s leading reentry rate is only 1 hour for other trades—without the need for fans.

Not needing to set up fans and come back to the jobsite for them after 24 hours is a huge time saver. In addition, a 1 hour reentry rate lets other trades continue working in the house without losing a whole day. This ability keeps the other contractors on schedule and will make the homebuilder very happy.

Safety
Another benefit of Long-Range Application is that it also reduces fall risk and liability. By not having to use ladders and scaffolding—or using them less—it reduces or eliminates the chances of workers falling off of them and getting hurt.

Also, since a product’s efficiency helps applicators complete jobs faster, less time on the job means less opportunity for an accident.

Quality
Quality is critical on a jobsite. You want your team to do the job right the first time and without callbacks.

Look for products with superior adhesion and expansion that fill a wall cavity completely. This will reduce the need for touch-ups and eliminate adhesion and cohesion issues, giving you a better quality install.

How does YES-Q help me?

YES-Q acts as a guide of what you should be looking for in an open-cell foam. Think about the current foam you are using, and see if it measures up. Does the foam you are using:
• Get a 22,000 – 24,000 board foot yield?
• Increase efficiency by up to 30%?
• Improve jobsite safety?
• Give a quality install every time and reduce callbacks?

If the answer to any of these is “no”, then you should look into a foam that can satisfy these requirements. Quik-Shield 108 Ultra-Low Density open-cell foam was specially formulated according to the YES-Q process. This way, you can be sure you are getting everything you need out of it.

Quik-Shield 108 has already helped dozens of other spray foam contractors. Blaze Porter, Operations Manager for Keith Porter Insulation stated, “No delamination. No air pockets. Better yield. The consistency of the foam is better… and we’re working faster.”

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