Three categories of polyurethane applications
Written by Foam Factory, Inc.
Polyurethane products include everything from paint to forklift tires. However, three-quarters of the global use of polyurethane products are as foam, both rigid and flexible. The use of foam is rarely direct. Often it is behind another product. Furniture and upholstery use flexible polyurethane foam. Freezers use rigid foam types within the walls for insulation. These are just a couple of the many different applications of polyurethane foam. Here are some categories that use foam in different forms:
Spaces and cavities
Foam Canada is ideal for filling hard to reach spaces and cavities. Two liquids combine to form a space filler. One of the two liquids is polyurethane, which expands when mixed and aerated. Consumers will see these space fillers at hardware stores. Once the filler expands, only machine tools will cut or break them.
Almost every vessel that hits the water has some form of polyurethane use. Inflatable boats use urethane for an air bladder inside the inflatable portion or as a coating on some vessels. Surfboards construction involves the use of rigid polyurethane for its core. Larger vessels use rigid foam in between the fiberglass hull sheets.
The most surprising use is a part of paints and varnish. The use of polyurethane gives some products a hard and abrasion-resistant surface, which is perfect for floor and wall application. However, these are not suitable for furniture and related coatings.
The Foam Factory, Inc. is a specialized store in various foam products including polystyrene insulation.