How to Become a Spray Foam Contractor

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Spray foam insulation provides a number of advantages over traditional fibreglass insulation. And as energy becomes more expensive to produce and distribute, the demand for high-performance insulation is rising. Becoming a spray foam contractor doesn't require years of experience or training, although it wouldn't hurt. Suppliers will provide all the training you need to operate their equipment and apply their product, making spray foam insulation one of the easiest contracting markets to penetrate.

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    Decide on a business model. Your attorney and accountant should be able to advise you on the best ownership model for you. If you will be anything but a sole proprietorship you will need to incorporate with whichever state entity is responsible for overseeing corporations in your state. Check with the Secretary of State's office in your state to start.

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    Check with your state to see if you need to obtain a statewide license. For insulation contractors this typically involves filling out a form with contact information and sending in a fee to receive the license.

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    Obtain a business license from the city or county in which you are based. You may also need a business license in each jurisdiction in which you work.

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    Open an account with a spray foam insulation supplier. You need a regular supply of spray foam in 55-gallon drums and specialised equipment to apply it. Your supplier will be able to outfit you with any equipment that you need as well as vans or panel trucks to mount it in.

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    Attend certification training provided by your spray foam vendor. You may also want to become certified by the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance, the industry organisation representing contractors and suppliers in the spray foam industry.

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