Blue/Pink and white polystyrene?

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by aslan, Jul 26, 2006.

  1. aslan

    aslan Member

    Again, another newbie question: I have been to a couple of Home Depots here in CA and I did not find any of the blue/pink stuff. All they had was white. Is this the same material? I remember reading somewhere that in CA they don't carry the blue/pink. Anyone know about this?
  2. Cornreaper

    Cornreaper Member

    The blue and pink stuff is the best because it's solid and strong, whereas the white stuff is beady and VERY messy and brittle. I don't see why you couldn't use it though. As for the pink/blue availability in Cali, I couldn't answer you on that one. I'm in the cold white North, so there definitely ain't no shortage of insulation here!
  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    The white "beadboard" type styrofoam is ok, but it is not nearly as strong as the pink or blue. The white stuff is expanded, whereas the others are extruded. The extruded stuff cuts much more nicely, and can be used with support on 16" (approx) centres. the white beadboard will need continuous support, such as 3/8" ply underneath.

    So the white styrofoam will stillallow you to get the advantage of easy (if messy) landscaping, but you cannot enjoy the lightweight benchwork you get with the extruded stuff.

    Try Lowe's or somebody other than Home Depot. Maybe even a specialty contractor who does insulation/refrigeration?

  4. jasbourre

    jasbourre Member

    You may also try using the green styrofoam its stronger the the white, but the pink/blue is still your best bet.
  5. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Oiginally I couldn't find it in Arizona either. I called around to building material suppliers that delt with cement and stucco contractors and found some. A few weeks later I found a Lowe's that carried it. Now my local Home Depot does. I'll lay you odds that if yours doesn't stock it, you could special order a few sheets.
  6. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    The only problem is that the pink/blue stuff is hard to find in California. Theories vary widely, including the mistaken idea that California homes don't need insulation (tell that to mister sun out there, it's supposed to reach 105 today, and 105 isn't unusual for Central Valley summers at all) and rumors that the stuff is banned in California because something in it caused cancer in a lab rat once, which is contradicted by reports that you can get the pink and blue stuff in certain home stores in the South Bay Area. I just use the white stuff, it's cheap and the mess isn't too egregious if you vacuum it up as soon as you cut it.
  7. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    I agree with Jetrock, although we hit 115 in Stockton last weekend.

    I spent a bunch of time trying to find the blue/pink stuff within a 100 mile radius, a store that would order it for me, or a place to order online and came up with zilch. The one place that would order it would only do 50 sheets minimum. I ended up with the white. It's not great, but it's done.
  8. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    I got some of the white foam to from the Huntington Beach Home Depot and I have layed it down. It is very messy. You will wnat to cut the stuff outside for sure. It might be a little hard to make terrain with it though. I havn't tried yet but I am not really looking forward to it just because of how messy it has been so far.

    Don, I wish that I would have tried to special order the blue/pink foam.. Shoot. I am sure that you could special order it. It may cost alittle more than usal, but it would be worth it I think

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