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Can a homeowner install spray foam insulation on their own?
No, it takes a trained professional to install Spray Foam because of the sophisticated equipment needed to install it properly.
How long does it take for spray foam insulation to cure?
Spray Foam goes from liquid to foam in a few seconds. You can watch it quickly expand 20 to 30 times its original volume. It is dry to the touch within seconds, and is completely cured in 24 hours.
Does spray foam insulation support bacterial or fungal growth?
Spray Foam offers no food value, and is an inert substance; therefore it does not support bacteria or fungal growth.
How much does spray foam insulation cost?
While the initial cost of insulating and sealing your building with Spray Foam is 3-4 times higher than using Fiberglass, it will actually add value to your building and put money in your pocket every month. Some of the initial cost is offset by the ability to downsize the heating and cooling systems. The remaining… read more
How Does Spray Foam Compare to Geothermal Energy?
While Geothermal Energy and Spray Foam both work towards the same result: lowering your energy bills, and reducing your greenhouse gas emissions, they accomplish this in 2 different ways. Geothermal Energy is an alternative source to heat and cool your home. Spray Foam is the best way to seal and insulate your home from the… read more
How Does Spray Foam Compare to ICFs (Insulated Concrete Forms)?
ICFs or Insulated Concrete Forms share many of the same advantages as Spray Foam. They both create a more energy efficient wall by creating a completely sealed thermal air barrier. They both create a stronger wall and a quieter building. However ICFs are much more expensive and time consuming than conventional wood framed walls insulated… read more
Is Spray Foam a Fire Hazard or a Fire Barrier?
Both. Spray Foam only chars, does not self-sustain combustion, and will extinguish once an external flame source is removed. Spray Foam is also thermoset, not thermoplastic; meaning that it does not return to liquid form once it is cured. These properties make Spray Foam a great fire barrier. For example, if the common wall between… read more
Does Spray Foam Have Building Code Approvals?
Spray Foam has the approval of all four major building codes in the United States, Canada and Alberta. Spray Foam is not only recognized as a Thermal Insulation, it also meets the requirements of a Vapor Barrier, and an Air Barrier. In fact, it is one of the most extensively tested insulation products ever. Concern… read more
Does Spray Foam Contain any VOCs or CFCs?
No. Spray Foam does not contain any Volatile Organic Compounds, nor does it contain any formaldehyde, bleach, or any CFCs (Chloro Fluoro Carbons) or HCFCs (Hydro Chloro Fluoro Carbons). In fact, Spray Foam Insulation has been used in many of the American Lung Association “Health Homes” being built in the U.S.
Is it healthy For a Building to Have a 100% Air Tight Seal?
No. While having a 100% air tight seal is essential to stopping heat loss and reducing energy bills, occupants need fresh air. As such, buildings sealed with Spray Foam must have a heat recovery air exchanger installed. In the winter, this simple machine brings cold fresh air from the outside and passes it by (without… read more