When sandwiched between metal, paper, plastics or wood, polyurethane rigid foam plays an important role in the construction industry. Such composites can replace conventional structures or brick, cement, wood or metal, particularly when these latter materials are used in combination with other insulating materials such as polystyrene foam, glass fibre or mineral wool. Polyurethane foam is the most effective insulation material available - in residential housing they insulate roofs, wall cavities and floors.
Other benefits such as structural strength, water-vapour resistance, durability, space-saving and lightness, make rigid polyurethane composite panels a popular material for commercial buildings, such as warehouses and cold stores.
Chemical systems supplied in this industry are used in applications such as:
- Insulation of chemical plants (hot or cold applications)
- Insulation of fermentation vessels
- Cavity filling
- Insulate factory roofs
- Construction of laminated panels used in the construction of portable homes and factories
- Spraying of factory and domestic roofs for insulation
- Chicken coops and piggeries