How to Apply Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam is the go-to insulation for builders and do-it-yourselfers who want to reduce their home’s energy costs and increase comfort. It seals gaps and cracks to help stop drafts, moisture and pests while creating a strong, rigid structure that helps reduce sound transmission. It can even help stop condensation on walls that forms when cold surfaces meet hot ones – which happens more often in older homes.

There are two basic types of spray foam: closed cell and open cell. Each has different R-Values per inch sprayed. Closed cell has a higher R-Value, but also tends to have a stronger, harder structure while open cell can be softer and more flexible. Many manufacturers have developed ‘greener’ spray foam by reducing the amount of petroleum-based chemicals in their formulas and replacing them with HFO blowing agents that are less harmful to the atmosphere.

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While you may be able to purchase spray foam at your local hardware store, it’s best to have an experienced professional install it. They can recommend the right size kit to complete your project and ensure it’s done properly so that you get the maximum benefits from the product. They will also share guidance on personal protective equipment and recommended work and safety practices to minimize exposures while the spray is being applied as well as during the curing process.

If you decide to apply the spray yourself, make sure you purchase a kit that has clear instructions and a step-by-step video on how to use it. And, be prepared to take it slowly as it can be messy and requires proper ventilation and PPE.

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