Frequently Asked Questions
Spray foam insulation is a polymer material that expands and solidifies once sprayed, creating a durable layer of temperature, moisture and noise regulation in the walls and ceilings. Spray foam insulation comes in 2 forms: closed-cell and open-cell & can increase the structural strength of the building/home surfaces it is used on.
Closed-cell (CC) insulation completely blocks out air, so it becomes very hard and rigid after application. This makes it exceptionally capable of temperature regulation, preventing air leakage and fluctuations in moisture. The solidification of CC also adds to the structural stability of the surface it is applied to, adding additional strength to your walls and ceilings. Open-cell insulation is a great air barrier, and the nature of the open cells makes it a great insulation material for sound dampening. Open-cell insulation also requires less volume to fill walls and ceilings due to its ultra-low density profile.
When it’s applied properly, spray foam insulation will last as long as your building. Even roofing foam applications will last upwards of 30 years, with proper long-term maintenance. Spray foam insulation adheres extremely well to virtually all construction surfaces and maintains its specified level of rigidity once it dries.
Yes, spray foam is safe. Some people can be sensitive to the fumes that come from the installation process. This process is known as off-gassing, which is why we recommend that occupants vacate the home once the spraying has begun and for a period of 24 hours after it ends. This will allow for the foam to fully off-gas, and afterwards the home will be completely safe to live in.
R-value measures insulation’s resistance to heat flow. It can also be referred to as “thermal resistance.” The R-value of different insulating materials must be based on test methods established by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM). Don’t forget that R-values are determined by material type, thickness, and installed weight per sq. ft. not by thickness alone.
Spray foam insulation actually helps to prevent fires. It has an incredibly high R-value, meaning it resists heat transfer very well. This means that if there is a fire in the area, the spray foam insulation will help to contain the fire and slow its spread.
Spray foam insulation is non-toxic. It does not contain any harmful chemicals or gases, making it safe for both people and animals. Many people choose spray foam insulation because it’s a healthier option than other types of insulation.
While spray foam insulation may be a bit more expensive than some other types of insulation, it’s worth the investment. It’s one of the most effective and efficient types of insulation available and can can save you money on your energy bills.
While spray foam insulation is a great standalone option, it can also be used in conjunction with other types of insulation. This can help to further improve the insulation of your home or commercial property. Spray foam insulation can be installed right over old insulation. There’s no need to remove it first.
Spray foam insulation application is a technical and complicated project, and can even be dangerous if the proper precautions and procedures aren’t followed. Special training is required to operate the equipment to make sure you get the best results, and to ensure you aren’t harmed by the fumes released during application. It is recommended that spray foam insulation be applied by a professional.
Spray foam insulation keeps warm air from escaping during the winter, holds cool air inside during the summer, and keeps rooms at regulated temperatures. Heating and cooling systems won’t have to work as hard to regulate indoor temperatures, using less energy and saving you money on energy bills.
Spray foam has the ability to minimize indoor allergens such as dust, mold, mildew, pollen, and other pollutants. Believe it or not, these allergens don’t enter your home or office through open doors and windows, instead, they make their way inside through your walls.
Spray foam saves energy, reduces GHG emissions and aids in reducing your carbon footprint by consuming less energy.
The main difference between spray foam insulation and more traditional forms of insulation like fiberglass or cellulose is that spray foam insulation is an air barrier and thermal barrier all in one (with closed cell spray foam even offering a moisture barrier as well). Spray foam insulation provides insulation and air sealing with one product, whereas traditional forms of insulation do not provide any barrier to the flow of air.
Both Open-Cell and Closed-Cell spray Polyurethane foams are effective for reducing noise from outside sources by sealing cracks and gaps that allow sound to travel through the walls, floors, and ceilings. Open-Cell has the best soundproofing capabilities.