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Universal Foam Products provides Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) products nationally through a network of over 100 shipping locations. EPS is available in blocks and shapes, and can be cut and molded into an infinite number of shapes and sizes. We also supply STYROFOAM Brand Insulation for the construction industry and STYROFOAM Brand Foam products for the floral, craft and special events industries with a $250.00 minimum order.

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Our knowledge and resources make us a valuable asset for customers who demand competitive prices and fast delivery of EPS materials and STYROFOAM Brand Insulation and STYROFOAM Brand Foam


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Here at Universal Foam Products, we pride ourselves on our commitment to excellence, customer service, and knowledge of the EPS and STYROFOAM Brand Insulation and STYROFOAM Brand Foam products. We stand ready to serve your needs. Please contact us today by calling (410) 825-8300 or by email at sales@univfoam.com

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Featured Project 

Every month Universal Foam reviews our customer submissions to find unique projects utilizing STYROFOAM™ and Expanded Polystyrene products.


Featured Project – September 2014

One of our customers used 3” x 6” x 8” StyroShapes™ Foam Blocks to create a rock wall behind his 1000 gallon pond. The foam was specifically used to create realistic looking rocks within the wall.

Here is how he did it:

“I actually poured the concrete walls from 80 lb bags of concrete hand mixed using forms we built to shape the project to hold it in place.

After the walls had several days to cure I began the process of assembling the STYROFOAM™ into shapes and patterns that looked closest to that of natural stones found anywhere in the environment. To assemble them I cut each 3×3 block in half using a standard hand saw, and then cut them into various shapes and sizes.

After all the shapes were prepared, I then mixed a thin layer of custom mortar and other additives into a “glue” like substance. Once the mix was ready I spread it across the concrete walls. I then began sticking the blocks that were sized and shaped into various positions on the wall creating a “natural” look.

After this process was complete, I waited a day for the concrete glue to cure. I then applied by hand a coat of this same concrete mixture over the tops of the concrete blocks. I envisioned what rocks looked like and began free hand carving the ripples, and other designs. Some of the rocks have images drawn on them such as fish bones, leaves, sticks etc to resemble fossilized rocks.

I then waited several days for these to cure. Once cured, I applied using a stain pump sprayer several layers and colors of a reactive based concrete stain to reach the desired look of a weathered and aged rock. After a few more days of curing the concrete was then sprayed with a few coats of concrete sealer.

The pond was home to 20 koi fish and fancy gold fish which have since made it their home and reproduced resulting in a home to over 40 fish and counting!!”


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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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Packaging

STYROFOAM™ Sheets

STYROFOAM™ Sheets

EPS can be precut into sheets or blocks of almost any thickness, length and width to fill in packaging voids. It is one of the most economical materials available to keep your product stable or to help protect if from damage. STYROFOAM Brand Insulation is also available in stock sheet sizes.

Angles

Angles

Custom angles are wire cut from large EPS blocks so they do not require any up-front tooling costs. They can be cut to any size to protect your product.

STYROFOAM™ Sheets

STYROFOAM™ Sheets

EPS can be precut into sheets or blocks of almost any thickness, length and width to fill in packaging voids. It is one of the most economical materials available to keep your product stable or to help protect if from damage. STYROFOAM Brand Insulation is also available in stock sheet sizes.

Wine Shippers

Wine Shippers

Shippers of expanded polystyrene are the safest method to ship your wines. Wine shippers hold the bottles snuggly in place and the EPS protects the glass from breakage. They will even slow down the change of temperature. Wine shippers are available for a single bottle to a full case of 12 bottles.

Carton Liners

Carton Liners

Shippers of expanded polystyrene are the safest method to ship your wines. Wine shippers hold the bottles snuggly in place and the EPS protects the glass from breakage. They will even slow down the change of temperature. Wine shippers are available for a single bottle to a full case of 12 bottles.

Glass Jar Shippers

Glass Jar Shippers

Shippers of expanded polystyrene are the safest method to ship your wines. Wine shippers hold the bottles snuggly in place and the EPS protects the glass from breakage. They will even slow down the change of temperature. Wine shippers are available for a single bottle to a full case of 12 bottles.

Molded Coolers

Molded Coolers

Molded coolers are available in a large variety of stock sizes from locations around the country. Some ship in corrugated cartons, others are available with cartons shipped separately or without any cartons. Coolers have wall thickness from 5/8” to over 2” in some locations with 1-1/2” being the most popular wall thickness. They are very effective in keeping food cold or hot.

Custom Molded End Caps

Custom Molded End Caps

EPS can be custom molded to fit almost any application. End caps protect electronics, glass and other fragile components. Custom molded EPS fits your product perfectly to eliminate any movement and reduce the possibility of shipping damage.

Custom Molded End Caps

Custom Molded End Caps

EPS can be custom molded to fit almost any application. End caps protect electronics, glass and other fragile components. Custom molded EPS fits your product perfectly to eliminate any movement and reduce the possibility of shipping damage.

Construction

Rigid Insulation

Rigid Insulation

Because EPS (expanded polystyrene) is mostly air, it makes an excellent insulator. The thousands of air pockets create an effective and economical thermal barrier. EPS is very stable and maintains almost 100% of its original R-Value over time.

Roof Insulation

Roof Insulation

STYROFOAM™ Brand Insulation and EPS make excellent roofing insulation. EPS is routinely used for commercial roof insulation on flat roofs where pieces can be tapered to any shape and size required to provide proper drainage. EPS is also used in large industrial buildings, sized to fit between trusses.

Slab Insulation

Slab Insulation

STYROFOAM Brand Insulation and EPS are the best under slab insulation materials. With compression strengths ranging from 10 psi to 60 psi for EPS and from 25 psi to 100 psi for STYROFOAM Brand Insulation, any floor load requirements can be accommodated.

Wall Insulation

Wall Insulation

Both EPS and STYROFOAM Brand Insulation are commonly used as part of the EIFS (Exterior Insulation Finish System) wall system. The sheets are installed on the exterior of the building instead of being installed within the wall cavity and the foam is coated with a multiple applications to provide a durable synthetic stucco finish. Other coatings resembling stone and marble are now also available.

In areas in the south that have been routinely hit by flooding during recent years, EPS is also being used as insulation between wall studs. Unlike fiberglass insulation that has normally been used for that application, EPS and STYROFOAM Brand Insulation will not hold moisture and create mildew and mold requiring that all of the insulation be removed after flooding.

Floor Leveling

Floor Leveling

When converting a movie theater to retail space, the fastest and most economical method to level the floor is to use pre-cut and tapered blocks of EPS to fill in the space. The concrete slab is then poured directly over the level EPS finishing the floor.

Sound Deadening

Sound Deadening

EPS is used in a variety of sound deadening application such as machine shops, kennels and recording studios. The panels can be coated with a fire retardant material or covered with a class “A” finish to meet building code requirements.

Stadium Seating

Stadium Seating

When a multi-tiered floor is required and weight reduction is a consideration, EPS is used to build the layers. The floor is then formed up along the front edge and concrete is poured to cover the EPS.

Architectural Shapes

Crown Molding

Crown Molding

For exterior application where the crown molding is part of an EIFS system, EPS is the material to be used. It can be cut into any profile required. Because EPS has a textured finish when cut it is not ideal for interior moldings unless they are to be coated with a textured or self-leveling coating.

Columns

Columns

EPS columns can be straight or tapered, smooth or fluted. Bases and capitals are available in an unlimited variety of sizes and configurations. The columns can be for aesthetics only can be delivered inhalves to be installed around a structural column.

Geofoam

Green Roof Landscaping

Green Roof Landscaping

An architectural requirement in new multifamily and office construction in many jurisdictions is the use of Green Roof systems with grass, gardens and even small trees planted on the roof of multi story buildings creating a park like environment. This is typically accomplished by using EPS blocks to build up the surface, create slopes and block out for planters. EPS is stable, environmentally friendly and available in a variety of compression strengths to meet the structural requirements of the project.

Void Fill

Void Fill

Large blocks of EPS are commonly used in geo-technical applications. EPS is lightweight, stable, distributes load evenly and is an excellent insulator. It installs more rapidly than other materials, providing a lower in-ground cost than other materials that were commonly used in the past.

Retaining Walls and Bridge Abutments

Retaining Walls and Bridge Abutments

When lateral loads need to be reduced; EPS is the logical material for the job. Available in blocks up to 24’ long in some parts of the country, EPS blocks act as a buffer between the earth and the wall or abutment. Through the use of EPS, the lateral loads are greatly reduced, allowing for vertical wall construction with reduced tiebacks.

Manufacturing

Garage Door Filler

Garage Door Filler

EPS panels can be delivered in any required sizes for the construction of residential and commercial garage doors. The panels are lightweight and provide excellent insulation properties.

Exterior Door Insulation

Exterior Door Insulation

Most steel doors are constructed of an EPS inner core wrapped with a steel outer skin. Other popular materials are fiberglass and wood veneer.

Walk in Coolers and Freezer

Walk in Coolers and Freezer

EPS is used as an insulating core in the construction of walk-in boxes. Besides providing the required R-Value the material also increases the impact resistance of the aluminum finish.

Flotation

Floating Docks

Floating Docks

EPS will float in excess of 55 pounds of weight per cubic foot of material. It is commonly used to float wooden docks and platforms. The EPS can be painted with marine grade paint over a latex primer or can be left uncoated if local authorities allow.

Encapsulated Float Drums

Encapsulated Float Drums

Encapsulated, float drums are provided. Float drums are available with a mounting flange for easy attachment to the dock.

Theatrical Sets & Props

Theater Production

Theater Production

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is one of the most versatile materials available. Easily shaped, durable and strong, it’s also lightweight and bonds instantly with paint. Whether you need a complete set for your next theatre production or a complex stage prop, EPS should be your material of choice

Miscellaneous

Indoor Pitcher’s Mound

Indoor Pitcher’s Mound

If you want to keep your pitchers practicing indoors during the winter, build them an indoor pitcher’s mound using 2# density EPS contoured to regulation dimensions and cover it with Astroturf or carpet.

Cake Blanks

Cake Blanks

If you need to make a mock up wedding cake for display purposes, use EPS blocks to create the layers. Material will be delivered, cut to size and ready to cover. They can be washed and reused at a later date. STYROFOAM Brand Foam is also available in stock sizes for cake blanks.

Sculpting Blocks

Sculpting Blocks

EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) is the preferred sculpting medium for many types of artists. It is lightweight, versatile, easy to work with and is available in very large blocks.

*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.

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