Cold Weather Tips
on Friday December 6th '13, 9:24 am
It’s that time of year again – when cooler temperatures can affect the performance of your Versi-Foam® System. To ensure the peak performance of your Versi-Foam® System and quality foam production, here are a few helpful reminders:
Never store Versi-Foam® products in temperatures lower than 40°F (5°C). Storing at these temperatures may cause the chemicals to freeze. If the "A” component freezes, it will crystallize, creating blockages in the dispenser. Once this occurs, it cannot be fixed.
Always warm the chemicals to a temperature between 65°F to 90°F (18°C to 32°C) before using. Refer to the temperature sensing strip to be sure it is well within the green zone. During application, continue to monitor the temperature strip. If it begins to move toward the blue zone, warm the chemicals again. Cooler chemicals will result in foam that is “A” rich, which will be darker in color and have a crunchy surface.
Bring your Versi-Foam kits into a warm/conditioned space for at least 24 hours prior to using. After warming the chemicals, be sure to shake the tanks well to ensure uniform temperature throughout.
Always warm the surface onto which you are applying the foam to a temperature between 65°F to 90°F (18°C to 32°C). Colder surface temperatures may result in adhesion problems and reduced yields.
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2012-2013 Energy Tax Credit
on Friday January 25th '13, 10:30 am
Federal tax credits for energy-efficiency home improvements are back. The law allows homeowners to claim tax credits of varying amounts on improvements such as insulation, energy-smart windows and highly efficient furnaces. Congress has made the credits retroactive, so improvements made in both 2012 and 2013 will qualify.
The program has a cap of $500 in total credits. The limit goes back to 2006, when the very first credits became available. If you've already claimed $500 in credits for energy-efficiency improvements you're not eligible for more.
You can receive credits for 10% of the cost of insulation materials and systems, not including installation. The improvements must be made to the taxpayer's principal residence and must be placed in service by the end of 2013.
To claim a tax credit, you need to file Form 5695 along with your federal income tax return for the year the improvement is made. The credit will be subtracted from the amount of tax you owe or added to your tax refund. Before you file, you are required to get a Manufacturer's Certification Statement - a signed statement from the manufacturer certifying the product qualifies for a tax credit. You should keep it in your files, but do not have to submit a copy of the statement with your return.