FPM manufactures EIFS foam that exceeds the rigid requirements of all of the major EIFS material manufacturers. Many of the certifications are listed below.
Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems
100% Virgin Material
FPM does not add scrap or ‘regrind’ material to any of our foam. A standard practice within our industry is to add 10 to 40% regrind to EPS in applications where quality is not as critical. This practice makes it difficult to completely purge the manufacturing system of regrind when shifting to production of a higher quality product such as EIFS board. At FPM this is never and issue because ‘regrind’ is never used in any of our processing.
All of the EIFS board manufactured by FPM is cured in a special “drying room” at 140 degrees F. This process is essential in reducing the internal stresses within a block of EPS foam. If this step is not done correctly a 48” long piece of EIFS board can shrink by up to 2% or almost 1 full inch and still be within the range that is considered acceptable and an ‘industry standard’. Even though this 2% variation meets the requirements of all of the major EIFS systems, it is not acceptable to FPM.
Square and consistent sheets
When EIFS board is applied to a wall, even a small variation in the squareness can cause significant problems in the overall quality of the application. FPM has designed and manufactured ‘one of a kind’ cutting equipment to assure that every piece of EIFS board that leaves our facility far exceeds the squareness requirements recommended by the System manufacturers.
At FPM we take environmental concerns seriously. EPS foam is designed not to deteriorate when exposed to the elements. Because of the inherent durability of EPS foam, FPM is doing everything possible to make sure that none of our material has to wind up in a land fill. Most EPS manufacturers practice “Secondary Source Recycling”. Scrap material is ground into small pieces and molded back into the block for certain applications. The downside to this practice is that EPS grind can only be recycled 3 to 5 times before it must be disposed of in some other manner. FPM uses “Primary Source Recycling” of all scrap material. All scrap is ‘densified’ or compressed into a log 30 times more dense than the original material. this densified log is then sent to a reprocesser where it is converted back into raw material from which a variety of packaging products are manufactured. The advantage to “Primary Source Recycling” is that there is no limit to the number of times the material can be reprocessed.