HCF DATABASE SYSTEM FOR PRE-QUALIFYING POLYURETHANE FOAM INSTALLERS
As you may already know, I have been providing installation and consulting services to the construction and foam industries for many years. My service offerings to Owners and Architects include design support, product and contractor selection, bid development and implementation, submittal reviews, project inspections, and quality assurance oversight and testing. One of the most frequently asked questions I receive from them is “Can you give me a list of qualified foam installers I can contact for my project?”
In order to provide this information to my clients, it was necessary to develop a system for qualifying foam installers for specific foam materials and specific applications. To this end, I have developed a survey that can be used to collect information about polyurethane foam installers anywhere in the US. The data collected from this survey is entered into a database application specifically designed to rank foam products and installers for specific project needs. When queried, this database application identifies contractors that have the necessary experience, skills, equipment, and training to perform quality work with the minimum risk of problems. This system considers installer qualifications in the following general categories:
- Business strength and practices
- Has adequate liability and pollution insurance
- Typical pricing
- Service area and maximum project size
- Equipment capabilities
- Material types that can be processed
- The types of installations they do on a regular basis
- Applications that they have experience with
- Training and certification credentials
- Quality control protocols they use or have available
- Safety protocols employed for their technicians and the work site
This approach is ultimately aimed at preventing installation problems that are becoming more common in the industry due to the increased number of new entries into the market place while the industry is still lacking adequate standards and a viable certification process.
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