Spray Polyurethane Foam Facts
There are many different types of insulation available in the home marketplace but few are as popular as spray polyurethane foam (SPF) or simply spray foam insulation. Many people choose spray foam as their insulation of choice for their new home or as a retrofit type. Either way, it’s hard to go wrong with this blown-in type of insulation that’s known for the way it helps your home’s energy efficiency and improves your home’s comfort level too.
What is Spray Foam Insulation and How it Works?
Spray polyurethane foam, a cellular plastic based insulation, is applied through spraying as its name suggests. It is a combination of several chemicals. When the chemicals that make up the insulation are mixed together they quickly react to form a rapidly expanding insulation mix. This insulating mix spreads well and while spreading, it forms both a moisture barrier and seals all air gaps upon contact. It can even be applied to contoured surfaces, unlike conventional insulation, which makes it an ideal choice especially for structures that are uneven. It is amazingly good at resisting all different types of heat transfer.
The SPF spray-applied insulation mix needs to be applied by a professional with the proper mixing and spray equipment. Without the assistance of a licensed professional, be prepared for major damage to your home. Some even had to resort to removing their entire roof just to get rid of incorrectly sprayed insulation. If you should get this kind of insulation material, make sure you call a reliable insulation contractor.
Open-Cell Foam vs. Closed-Cell Foam
It comes in two different forms - closed and open cell. Each of these SPF insulation forms has both advantages and disadvantages to using it.
How Spray Foam Insulation is Applied
It’s up to the company applying SPF in a retrofit situation to brief the homeowner on the particulars of the spray-application process. There is a small amount of time when it’s advisable for no one to be in the home during and shortly after the SPF application process.
The professional company doing the application will have their people wearing special gear and respirators as they work. They will also ventilate the work area as much as possible to let out any harmful fumes the process creates and speed the foam drying process. Your SPF application provider will advise you when it’s safe to go back into your home.
Most reputable SPF application providers will work with you before, during and after the process so you will know when it’s perfectly safe to go back into your home.
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