Every month Universal Foam reviews our customer submissions to find unique projects utilizing STYROFOAM™ and Expanded Polystyrene products.
Featured Project – September 2014
This 1000 gallon pond was hand built and supported by a concrete rock wall. The rocks within the wall were created using 3”x 6” x 8” Foam Blocks. The customer cut them into realistic looking stones that resemble those in the natural environment. He cut each 3×3 block in half using a standard handsaw and from there he customized each one.
To attach the rocks to the concrete portion of the wall, he created a glue like substance with custom mortar and other additives which he spread across the concrete. He stuck the blocks on the wall in various positions to create a natural look.
To make the rocks look more realistic he carved ripples, gauges, and drew fish bones and leaves to make them look fossilized. After waiting for them to cure, he colored the foam rocks using a stain pump sprayer that contained a reactive based concrete stain. This made the foam rocks look weathered and aged. To finish the concrete rock wall off, he added a few coats of concrete sealer to protect the foam and concrete from weathering and environmental damage. Now the pond has 20 koi fish and gold fish.
STYROFOAM™ Versus Expanded Polystyrene
The term STYROFOAM™ is often used to refer to Expanded Polystyrene
despite the fact that the materials are completely different.
STYROFOAM™ is a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. The trademark covers a full range of extruded polystyrene building products used primarily for insulation of floors, walls and roof systems. The insulation panels are commonly referred to as “blue board” in the construction industry. Dow Chemical’s STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam also covers a full range of foam products for the floral, craft and special events industries. These products are available in sheets, blocks, spheres, cones and many other shapes. They are available to the consumer from major craft and floral retailers throughout the country.
Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), is the generic industry name for a white rigid material made by expanding polystyrene beads with steam and bonding the beads together under pressure in a block or shape mold. EPS is used in the construction industry for insulation and void fill.
It is also used in a variety of packaging applications including coolers, wine shippers, molded end caps and corners. It can be cut into an unlimited variety of shapes.
Universal Foam Products sells expanded polystyrene (EPS) as well as STYROFOAM Brand Insulation for construction and STYROFOAM Brand Foam products for the floral, craft and special events industries. EPS is shipped from over 100 different manufacturing facilities throughout the United States. STYROFOAM™ Brand Insulation and STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam products are also shipped from several different locations.
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*STYROFOAM™ is a register trademark for a line of insulation and foam products manufactured exclusively by The Dow Chemical Company or an affiliated company of Dow. Universal Foam Products is not sponsored by, affiliated or associated with The Dow Chemical Company.