AirTight SprayFoam can be used in all sorts of agricultural applications. When unwanted air movement and thermal resistance are concerns, AirTight SprayFoam is the material of choice. Here are a few examples of common agricultural applications:
How Spray Foam Insulation is Helping U.S. Farmers Produce Better Poultry
Spray Foam insulation is certainly no stranger to the agricultural industry. For many years, spray foam has helped farmers create better climate controlled storage facilities, barns, coolers, and tanks; among other things. Recently, there has been a trend in the poultry industry to abandon the old methodology of “open air” side wall designed houses and move toward totally enclosed houses. This is big news for us in the spray foam industry because there isn’t a more cost effective, time saving or money saving option available for farmers when it comes to retrofitting their existing poultry houses.
Poultry Industry Opportunity
It is estimated that there are approximately 50,000 poultry houses in the United States today, as reported by Auburn University’s Poultry Science Department. The majority of these houses were originally constructed without solid side walls. This design concept was intended to give farmers the ability to control air flow and sunlight with the use of a plastic curtain material that could be raised and lowered accordingly. The biggest problem with this type of design is that it is terribly inefficient. There is very little insulation value and virtually no way to prevent unwanted air, moisture, and temperature extremes from affecting the performance of the house. Some serious problems that occur with curtain sided houses are:
- 30-50% greater fuel costs in winter
- Excess litter caking due to condensation
- Increased heat gain in summer