FLOTATION FOAM

E-Z Flow’s equipment, using BASF’s U.S. Coast Guard approved closed cell flotation foam, has been an excellent, cost effective solution for many maritime jobs. From small projects, such as filling the pontoons of family pontoon boats or the inner hulls of cabin cruisers, to re-floating a derelict coal barge on the Kanawha River, we have been able to provide the answer for flotation requirements. Recently, we were called upon to fill a large floating dock with foam. Time (and rust) had allowed water into the flotation compartments, so we were asked if we could fill it so it would float for ten more years.

Flotation Form for Large Floating Dock floa

As we first saw it. Some 40 feet long and pitted with rust holes.

Dispensing Floating Foam into a Floating Dock

On the job. Dispensing several hundred cubic feet of foam into the flotation chambers, in three days.

Floating Dock using Floatation Foam

And the end result: It floats! And it rides a couple of feet higher in the water than it did when it was new. Not only will this dock still be floating ten years from now, but I’m confident that it will easily last 20-30 years. At this point, all the structure is doing is containing the foam, so it doesn’t matter if the structure degrades. The foam will last much longer than the iron surrounding it.

We can provide a cost effective solution for any size flotation job, from small to very large.

Contact us, and we’ll be happy to discuss your application.

What is Floatation Foam?

Flotation foam is a type of buoyant material used in various applications to provide flotation and prevent sinking. It is commonly utilized in marine environments, such as in boats, docks, and life vests, to ensure buoyancy and safety. The foam is typically made from materials like polyurethane or polystyrene, which are lightweight, durable, and resistant to water absorption.

Polyurethane foam is particularly popular due to its versatility and effectiveness. It is created by mixing chemicals that react and expand, forming a rigid, closed-cell structure that traps air bubbles. This structure makes the foam buoyant and capable of supporting significant weight without absorbing water. Flotation foam is often applied in liquid form and then allowed to expand and harden in place, ensuring it fills all available space and provides maximum support.

The primary benefits of flotation foam include its ability to provide reliable buoyancy, its resistance to water and environmental elements, and its ease of application. It is essential for ensuring the safety and stability of watercraft and other floating structures, helping to prevent sinking and improve overall performance. Additionally, flotation foam can aid in insulation and soundproofing, adding to its utility in various maritime and industrial applications.