Category Archives: Geofoam

EPS Foam used to protect underground utility lines »

EPS Foam used to protect underground utility lines

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) was used to protect underground utility lines for this project in Baltimore, MD. Over 80 precut pieces of EPS15 Geofoam cut in 6” x 6” pieces and 6” x 18” pieces 96” long were used to build protective enclosures over soon to be buried drain lines to protect them from the pressure exerted by backfill and subsequent loads from the construction above. The contractor found the EPS to be very effective and easy to work with. The material is easily cut with a reciprocating saw or battery operated electric hot knife.

EPS Geofoam is available in different densities to provide a wide range of solutions in the construction industry. Contact Universal Foam Products and see if we can offer a solution for your next project.

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Jason Isennock
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Raised Floor with EPS Geofoam »

Raised Floor with EPS Geofoam

Over 400 precut pieces making up 27 unique shapes of EPS15 Geofoam were provided by Universal Foam Products, along with our steel Leave-In-Place Riser Form System, to create a 17” high raised floor in this bowling alley in Bakersfield, CA. Because each EPS piece was precut and labeled, a minimum of field cutting was required on site.

The steel riser form system, developed by Universal Foam Products to create the tiered seating in theaters and lecture halls, was used to expedite the construction process. The steel forms can be provided straight or curved to meet the design requirements of the project.

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Erich Ferg
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EPS 12 Geofoam used to create the slope, stairways & raised platform on handicap ramps »

EPS12 Geofoam was used as lightweight void fill for the $7.9 million renovation of Friley Residence Hall at Iowa State University. Since excessive stress on existing structural components is always a concern with renovation projects above the ground floor, EPS Geofoam is typically called for to fill spaces that would otherwise contain heavier fill materials weighing 100 lbs to 150 lbs per cubic foot. For the Friley Hall renovation, the architect specified EPS12 geofoam which is the lightest geofoam product and lightest fill material available. Weighing just .7 lbs per cubic foot, EPS12 geofoam has a compression strength of 2.2 psi at 1% deformation and 5.8 psi at 10% deformation. It was used to create the slope on handicap ramps, the multiple levels for stairways and several raised platforms. All of the EPS was cut in the factory an delivered ready to install. EPS geofoam is extremely lightweight and can be easily installed by any labor force.

Higher densities of geofoam are available up to 2.85 lbs per cubic foot with compression strengths to 18.6 psi at 1% deformation and are used in under-slab applications as well as the construction of bridges and highways. Another geofoam application is form liners for concrete work where the project requires rounded or multi-faceted shapes such as bridge supports, arches and columns.

Contact Universal Foam Products if you think EPS or EPS Geofoam could be used in your next project at 410-498-0000.

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Scott Hefflon
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EPS Geofoam was used to create the floor elevation »

EPS39 Geofoam was specified for this major renovation project at the University of Texas, Cockrell School of Engineering. 15,000 cubic feet of EPS Geofoam was used to create the floor elevation change between two areas of the building using a combination of handicap ramps and steps. Most of the Geofoam was delivered pre-cut and tapered for the ramps.

Universal Foam Products Leave-In-Place Riser Form System was used to form up the steps. The advantage of the LIP Riser Form System over conventional forms is that it allows the contractor to set up and pour all tiers on the same day instead of having to pour every other tier one day and the alternating tiers the next, cutting the time required for a pump truck in half.

EPS Geofoam is available in a range of densities suitable for almost any void fill project. Universal Foam Products ships EPS Geofoam from locations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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Erich Ferg
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EPS12 Geofoam for Ramps & Raised Floor »

EPS12 Geofoam was used to create the ramps and raise flooring elevations in the remodeled Friley Residence Hall dining area at Iowa State University. The EPS12 Geofoam was provided by Universal Foam Products cut to size and tapered where required, and delivered with drawings and installation instructions, allowing for installation to take shape quickly and easily.

EPS Geofoam is available in compression strengths ranging from 2.2 psi to 18.6 psi at 1% deformation making it the perfect lightweight void fill material for most applications.

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Scott Hefflon
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Swimming Pool Fill Material »

When it becomes necessary to close in a swimming pool to make better use of space, EPS Geofoam is the perfect fill material to use. EPS Geofoam is lightweight and strong. It can be delivered in large blocks and sheets and can also be pre-cut and tapered based on the requirements of the specific project.

This hotel pool area in Arlington, Virginia could better be used for a different purpose so Universal Foam Products provided EPS19 Geofoam in tapered pieces and flat blocks (some precut) to make installation as easy as possible. EPS is always the fill material of choice when weight is a factor such as pools on upper levels in hotel and condominium projects.

When in-ground pools are infilled, EPS is used because it’s high compression strength greatly reduces the chance of uneven settling that can occur with organic fills.

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Jason Isennock
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EPS22 Geofoam Tapered Roof Insulation »

EPS22 Geofoam Tapered Roof Insulation

EPS22 Geofoam was specified by the architect on this major renovation project in Fells Point, Maryland converting an historic landmark into a 128 room luxury hotel. 33,000 square feet of tapered EPS22 was used for the roof, tapered from 12” to 6” thick. Besides creating positive drainage for the structure, the EPS22 also provided an additional R-value of 37.5 to the roof.

Tapered EPS is the most cost effective material to provide positive drainage to a new or existing flat roof. It is available nationwide from Universal Foam Products.

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Erich Ferg
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Concrete Forms »

EPS29 Geofoam is often used to form concrete structures. In this case, four different forms consisting of multiple pieces of EPS29 Geofoam glued together were used to form giant hoppers for this waste water treatment plant in Mobile, Alabama. Each of the EPS forms had multiple holes precut for rebar to pass through to help secure the foam in place during the pour.

Universal Foam Products has provided hundreds of EPS forms and block-outs for concrete work throughout the United States. Call Scott for your next project.

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Scott Hefflon
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Swimming Pool Infill »

This swimming pool infill project on the island of Maui, Hawaii used 36 blocks of EPS15 Geofoam 36” x 48” x 96”. The contractor purchased the full billets of EPS Geofoam along with a Geofoam Hotwire Kit so he could do the cutting on site. The hot wire kit allowed him to make 8’ cuts accurately with no mess.

This project was completed in 5 days with a 2-man crew. Universal Foam Products not only provided the best price on this project, but also made the contractor feel very comfortable by providing expertise regarding cutting and installing the Geofoam.

This was Universal’s second project in Hawaii with this contractor.

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Scott Hefflon
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Universal Foam Products, LLC
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Geofoam for Swimming Pool Construction »

EPS Geofoam makes swimming pool construction faster and easier. Approximately 1,000 cubic feet of EPS29 Geofoam was used to create the contour cuts in the vertical walls of this pool in Ft. Meyers, FL as well as to create the sloped floor and steps. EPS Geofoam is almost always used in pool construction in multi-story building as a way to reduce weight and is becoming more and more popular for in-ground pool construction also for block-outs, steps, seats and sloped floors.

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