In the spray foam industry, many contractors utilize a flat minimum charge, regardless of the size of the job. The YouTube video “Why Do Spray Foam Insulation Contractors Have a Minimum Charge” explains why this is an industry-wide practice.
Many spray foam insulation contractors insist on a minimum charge to cover their operating costs.
While the minimum charge varies from contractor to contractor, the reason remains the same. The minimum charge helps to cover the costs of such costly spray foam operations such as the running of high-pressure systems in trailers attached to trucks.
Trailers used by spray foam contractors also house various equipment that requires money to run, in addition to the fuel costs of the vehicle used to move the trailers. Spray foam insulation contractors also have to pay workers, which drives up their daily running costs. These are the reasons why spray foam insulation contractors insist on a minimum charge even for small projects.
Small footage projects sometimes cost so little that they’re solely insufficient to cover daily operating costs, thereby making a minimum charge necessary. Instituting a minimum charge is much easier and quicker than evaluating costs on a case-by-case basis.