Foam lamination? Yes! it’s possible!
It is not a simple and easy process but well equipped, just about any plant could do it. Not to mention that most manufacturers of expanded plastics already have the equipment to perform this process! Let’s take a look at lamination options and benefits.
Lamination Material Options
We all know the famous laminated foam with the air barrier paper membrane (TYPAR® type). But lamination goes far beyond that! Here are some examples of materials that work well with expanded plastics.
Wood / OSB
Wood and OSB are popular materials when it comes to laminating foam. They are mostly used in the construction industry, think of prefabricated houses manufacturers. They use this method to design walls that contains insulation.
Rigid plastic goes very well with expanded plastic. It allows you to get a light yet strong product.
Just like rigid plastic, the lamination of various metals allows to have a product that has sturdy surface and on top of that, the foam inside keeps it light weight. You can even laminate an aluminum foil to create a vapor barrier insulation board.
In the same vein as rigid plastics and metal, fiberglass laminates very well on expanded plastics. You will get a very strong, lightweight and value-added product.
Certain types of paper are used to protect products from the elements. It is common to see a sheet of expanded polystyrene laminated with a membrane of air barrier paper. Your customers will save a lot of time when comes the time to install your exterior walls!
Cardboard is a material that is often used to laminate expanded plastic. It provides extra protection when you pack a piece of furniture, a door, or any other product. Foam can even be laminated in a cardboard box to obtain a container that protects your products and isolates the content.
Finally, expanded plastic laminates well with … another expanded plastic! When is it necessary? Just think about a product that requires protection from multiple impact on the outside, and standard protection on the inside. In that case, expanded polypropylene (EPP) and expanded polystyrene (EPS) would make a good duet. It even happens that we laminate EPS on EPS. Think about a contractor who would like to offer his clients a home with hyper performing insulation.
4 advantages of lamination
By laminating your product with expanded plastic, you greatly reduce the total weight of your product. Since foam is made of 98% air, this is an advantage that has to be taken in consideration.
Laminating makes a 2-in-1 product: expanded plastic can act as insulation or as protection and the other material complements the product for your specific needs.
Foam is, in most cases, cheaper than other materials. You can therefore make a product at a competitive price by integrating this material into your project.
Whether it is for you or your customers, you will have in hand a complete product that will meet specific needs.
It’s your turn to laminate
If you think that lamination would be an option that would save you time and add value to your project, go ahead and get in touch with us! Polyform has specialized equipment to carry out your projects. If you need help developing a new product or improving an existing one, do not hesitate to call or write to us!