What is Tripolymer® Injection Foam?
Tripolymer® Injection Foam insulation is a hybrid belonging to one of the oldest groups of synthetically produced thermosetting plastics. These materials are well-known for their durability, structural integrity, and extraordinary fire resistance. They are used in electronics, automobiles, fire-proof coatings, tools, and thousands of other commercial and household items. When made into foam insulation, they are one of the safest and most efficient thermal and acoustical insulation products available.
Tripolymer® Injection Foam has been around for over 30 years, originally developed for and used in the NASA program. It has been refined and improved over the years through a grant with the US Department of Energy. Tripolymer® Injection Foam is made in the USA. and is an Energy Star qualified insulation product.
Is Tripolymer® Foam a Urea-Formaldehyde Product?
No. Tripolymer® Injection Foam is a unique phenolic product, and is not a urea formaldehyde based product.
How is Tripolymer® better than other insulation products?
Tripolymer® is much more effective than traditional insulation products, because the foam insulation is injected and fills each cavity, crack, and void to create a thermal boundary. It does not burn, settle, or disintegrate like other insulation products. Both fiberglass and cellulose are settling materials, they cannot seal from stud to stud or around outlets. Tripolymer® injection foam has a 34% higher
R Value (resistance to the passage of heat), than cellulose, so it is much more effective to use in wall insulation. In addition, fiberglass and cellulose can lose their insulation value, if water or moisture invades the wall cavity. Tripolymer® creates an air-tight seal in the wall, so it becomes an air and moisture barrier. Being an inert substance, it does not support mold growth.
How is Tripolymer® Injection Foam installed?
Tripolymer® Injection Foam is installed by Good Life Energy Saver’s Certified and Trained Installers. The Certified Installer removes some siding/shingles, and injects the foam into the wall cavities or drills in the mortar between bricks from the outside of the home. Tripolymer® can be injected into the cavity through holes drilled from the outside of the house. In special situations, Tripolymer® injection foam can be installed from the home’s interior.
Once injected, the installers replace the siding/shingles or fill in the mortar between bricks. Our goal is to leave your home in the same condition as we found it. We will remove debris and clean inside and out, and have a final walk-through with you, upon the completion of the job.
How much heat is lost through my walls, windows, and doors?
Typically, the proportion of the total amount of heat loss is estimated to be approximately 50% through side walls (due to air leakage), 25% through ceilings and attics, and 25% through windows and doors.
Can I install Tripolymer® Injection Foam myself?
No. It takes a certified, trained professional to install Tripolymer® Injection Foam because of the sophisticated equipment needed to install it properly. Good Life Energy Savers trains and certifies all its installers in accordance with Tripolymer’s® rigid installation and certification requirements, to maintain its authorized dealer status and ensure quality installation of this superior product.
What if I already have some insulation in my walls?
The other great benefit of using Tripolymer® injection foam is that it can be injected into walls that have underperforming insulation. It will completely encapsulate old fiberglass batt insulation or other insulation products, that you may already have in your walls that are not performing. It provides a complete seal, and does not settle or deteriorate like fiberglass or cellulose insulation. Play our installation video to see how this works.
How long does Tripolymer® Injection Foam take to cure?
When Good Life’s Certified installers inject Tripolymer® Injection Foam, it goes from liquid to foam (like shaving cream) in seconds. It quickly hardens after a few minutes. It completely cures within a few days.
How does an installer know when my wall is full?
Pressure and temperature gauges in our equipment are used throughout the installation progress. As the empty cavity becomes completely filled, a small amount of back pressure is produced. Once this pressure reaches a point, as monitored through the gauges, the installer stops the injection and proceeds to the next access hole. In addition, an experienced installer knows the time it takes to fill a specific size and shape cavity. If the pressure reaches the completed level before the normal fill time has elapsed, a blockage may have occurred, and additional access holes are drilled above or below the blockage. Our installers are trained and certified installers of Tripolymer® injection foam.
Does Tripolymer® Foam emit any toxic gasses?
No. Tripolymer® does not contain or use any chlorofluorocarbons in the manufacturing or foaming process. It is non-toxic and emits no VOCs or CFCs.
Is Tripolymer® Foam fire resistant or retardant?
Yes. Tripolymer® 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. It can actually improve the fire ratings of a wall system.
Tripolymer® Foam has a flame spread of 10, and its smoke development is 0. For those reasons, it is a Class 1-rated material against fires and does not emit hazardous gasses when exposed to heat or fire. This is the highest rating an insulation product can receive for residential and commercial applications.
Tripolymer® Foam does not melt or vaporize like other foam insulation materials when subjected to the ASTM E-119 testing. Because of it's unparalleled fire resistance, Tripolymer® Foam 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.
Is Tripolymer® corrosive?
No. Unlike urea formaldehyde type foams that rely on strong mineral acids for setting and final curing, Tripolymer® Foam, polymerized by using synthetic cross linking compounds, producing a self-neutralizing, non-corrosive foam product.
Does Tripolymer® Foam cause problems with insects or rodents?
No. There is no food or nutritional value in Tripolymer® Foam. It is an enert substance, and is pest resistant.
Can Tripolymer® be used to reduce noise through walls and ceilings?
Yes. Tripolymer®Injection Foam has an STC rating of 53 in a standard wood frame 2 by 4 wall, with a single layer of gypsum board on either side. It is estimated to reduce noise by 80%.
Does Tripolymer® Injection Foam expand after it is installed?
No. Unlike polyurethane which expands anywhere from 20 to 100 times its original liquid volume, Tripolymer® is totally expanded once it leaves the installation equipment. No further expansion occurs after it has been installed.
How long does the Tripolymer® Injection Foam installation take?
Typically, we can install the injection foam in all of your perimeter walls in 1 – 2 days.
What is the anticipated energy savings from Tripolymer® Injection Foam?
Typically, energy savings are up to 30 to 50% of your energy costs. Unlike most investments in your home, the savings from insulating your walls will actually pay for the investment, over a three to four year period.
What is the difference between Tripolymer Injection Foam and Spray Foam?
Tripolymer is a phenolic based foam that is injected into closed wall cavities, typically in existing homes. It is a great insulation solution for exterior walls of older homes because it can be installed from the exterior by injection. It effectively fills the entire wall cavity to reduce air infiltration which translates to more energy efficiency and comfort. Spray Foam insulation is a polyurethane based foam that is sprayed into open areas, such as attics and crawl spaces or walls of newly constructed or renovated homes where the framing is open. It is an excellent way to stop air and moisture infiltration.