How is polyurethane used?

 

Polyurethane has become one of the most prevalent materials in use today, and its applications seem limited only by the imagination. It is affordable and cost-effective, and can be produced in any quantity. This limited list below is just a small sample of the contribution polyurethane makes to the modern world.

 

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Residential

 

Structural Insulate Panels

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)

Structural insulated panels (SIPs) use rigid foam for walls, floors, and roofs, insulating concrete forms (ICFs), insulated masonry block, entry doors, garage doors, exterior shutters, insulated siding.

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Insulated Metal Panels

Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs)

Insulated metal panels (IMPs) are a key component for a high-performance building envelope, used for construction and energy efficiency, durability, cost effectiveness and affordability.

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Fencing and Decks

Fencing and Decks

Fencing and decks made from polyurethane are extremely strong, aesthetically enhancing and water, rot, mold, fungus and insect resistant.

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Spray-Applied Polyurethane Foam (SPF)

Spray-Applied Polyurethane Foam (SPF)

Spray-applied polyurethane foam (SPF) provides high-performance insulation and air barrier materials for wall cavities, foundations and cathedral ceilings.

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Commercial

 

Used to enhance durability of construction and lower maintenance costs, improved building insulation for better comfort and energy efficiency and increased speed of construction for lower labor requirements, easier staging and faster occupancy.

 

Structural Insulated Panels

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)

Structural insulated panels (SIPs) for walls, floors, and roofs, insulating concrete forms (ICFs), insulated masonry block, entry doors, garage doors, exterior shutters, insulated siding.

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Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs)

Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs)

Insulated metal panels (IMPs) are a key component for a high-performance building envelope, used for construction and energy efficiencies, durability, cost effectiveness and affordability.

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Spray-applied polyurethane (SPF)

Spray-applied polyurethane (SPF)

Spray-applied polyurethane (SPF) is a significant contributor to a high-performance building envelope, with roofing systems, insulation materials and air barrier materials and systems all available that offer superior insulation R-values, near-zero air permeability, resistance to severe weather and some sound dampening qualities.

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Fencing and Decks

Fencing and decks

Fencing and decks made from polyurethane are extremely strong, aesthetically enhancing and water, mold, fungus and insect resistant.

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Infrastructure

 

Bridges

Bridges

Deck coatings used to protect against exposure to the elements, corrosion and general use.

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Coastal Protection

Coastal Protection

An innovative polyurethane coastal protection system reinforces the hydraulic gravel portions of levees and breakers, allowing them to withstand even extreme storm surges without washing away.

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Off-shore and Marine

Off-Shore and Marine

Tank and pipe insulation uses spray-applied polyurethane foam (SPF). Sub-sea pipe strakes uses elastomers to prevent corrosion and abrasion, provide flexibility, durability and insulation.

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Fences and Decks

Fences and Decks

Lifelong durability, molded to any shape, resistance to any weather and imperviousness to rot, mold, fungus and termites makes polyurethane a material of choice.

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Bedding

Bedding

Flexible foam is used to provide comfort and support because of its excellent load bearing properties and durability.

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Bath and Spa

Bath and Spa

Used to replace fiberglass reinforced styrenated resin because polyurethane elastomers produce zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for enhanced indoor air quality.

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Flooring

Flooring

Using polyurethane as a foam underlay or as a coating makes floors more impact absorbent and comfortable to walk on, and also offers protection from furniture and foot traffic.

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Furniture

Furniture

Polyurethane foam is used to provide soft, durable, comfortable seating and bedding, mattresses, seat cushions, couches, pillows and carpet underlay.

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Sport and Leisure

Sport and Leisure

Thermoplastic polyurethanes provide manufacturers and designers with enhanced design flexibility and a strong, flexible material that provides the public with high-performance sporting equipment.

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Cold-Chain Refrigeration

Cold-Chain Refrigeration

Rigid foam is used to better insulate food during storage and transport and ensure precision freezing temperatures, create energy savings as a more effective insulation and to improve eco-efficiency of operations.

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Store Refrigeration

Store refrigeration

Rigid foam allows for slim insulation, allowing more stock items to be stored and displayed.

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Fridges

Fridges

Rigid foam is used to lower energy consumption, allow design innovation, manufacturing improvements, create more durable components, enable compliance with US Department of Energy (DOE) regulations and requirements of the ENERGY STAR® program.

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Water Heaters

Water Heaters

Rigid foam’s outstanding insulating properties are used to improve the energy efficiency of the second-largest energy consumer in private households to lower energy bills.

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Cars

Cars

Used to reduce noise, weight, soften ride, and improve efficiencies in design and manufacture, increase safety, comfort, and aesthetic appeal and function internally and externally. Used in seating, door panels, dashboards, consoles, bumpers, body parts, suspension and tires. Polyurethane coatings used to protect paint and bodywork.

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Ships

Ships

Used to increase the rigidity of hull and bridge components, increase their service lives and reduce production costs.

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Trucks

Trucks

Used to strengthen load floors, reduce road noise in the cab, improve ride and driving comfort, sleeping comfort and insulate refrigerated trailers.

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Aerospace

Aerospace

Used to protect engines and vital components from corrosion, wear, erosion, and oxidation. Used externally to protect the aircraft skin from rust, pitting and extreme temperature differences on the ground and at cruising altitudes.

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Oil and Gas

Oil and Gas

Polyurethane is used throughout the industry due to its outstanding physical and mechanical properties and mercury-free chemistry.

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Solar

Solar

Temperature sensing foams are used to benefit silicon wafer and thin film technologies and cells.

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Wind

Wind

Liquid polyurethane is used for protective coatings.

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Microbial Resistance

Microbial resistance

Microbial resistance, high-burst pressure and hydrolytic stability enable polyurethanes to be used in moisture barriers, catheters, tubing, fire hoses, safety goggles, surgical dressings, water hoses and wheelchair cushions.

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