If you’re considering installing spray foam insulation in your home, you may be wondering what to expect. In this blog post, we’ll outline the most common installation process so that you know what to expect. We’ll also discuss some of the benefits of spray foam insulation and how it can help improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home.
Spray foam insulation is most commonly installed in one of two ways: either as a do-it-yourself project or by hiring a professional contractor. If you’re planning to install the insulation yourself, it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and to wear protective clothing, including gloves, eye protection, and a respirator mask.
Once the insulation is in place, it will need to be covered with an airtight barrier, such as paper, plastic, or foil-faced insulation. This will help to keep the spray foam in place and prevent it from expanding too much and causing damage to your home.
Before beginning any installations, your home or building should be inspected. Thermo Solutions Insulations will evaluate requirements for the installation and potential issues. Any problems found will need to be fixed first to ensure a quality installation. Using a thermal imaging camera, they can find any issues through finished materials to make sure issues are solved with the new insulation.
Unlike other insulation, spray foam is a much quicker process. On the day of, the contractors will arrive with the necessary equipment, tools, safety protection, and gear. Because spray foam hardens through a chemical reaction, there is off-gassing that happens during the process.
As such, it is a recommendation that the home or building is unoccupied during the process and until after curing is complete. Within minutes of application, spray foam rapidly expands and hardens into a barrier. This barrier will harden and seal the home.
For Thermo Solutions, safety is their number one concern. It is best that you and your family leave home during the installation and for a little while after. The best way to know how long you should leave the house is to talk to your contractor. They consider any and all factors to let you know when it’s safe to return.
Now, let’s discuss the installation phase in detail.
Preparing For The Installation
After your contractor provides you with a detailed project explanation, they will prepare the application site. To ensure the workers’ safety, ventilation such as a large fan or opened windows will be arranged. In addition, all sources of ignition will be extinguished in the application site and surrounding areas due to spray foam’s flammability. If the existing insulation is present, it may be removed before applying a new layer of spray foam insulation.
Undergoing The Installation Process
When it is time to install the spray foam insulation, contractors will set up their specialized equipment. After suiting up in proper protective gear—including eye protection, gloves, respiratory protection, and full-coverage clothing—they’ll begin the process of installing spray foam insulation. Most of the time, spray foams will be manufactured on-site.
This process involves mixing and heating two liquid components—polyol resin and a form of isocyanate—which facilitates a chemical reaction that produces the spray foam. Next, the manufacturer will specify a temperature range for the materials and surfaces that they will be applied to in order to ensure optimal performance.
Using specialized equipment, the contractors will then spray the foam onto floors, windows, electrical outlets, plumbing pipes, vents, fixtures, and hard-to-reach areas. During this time, site access to the area that is being insulated will be limited to workers equipped with proper safety gear. This restriction is because the chemicals present in the spray foam insulation installation process are toxic when they are inhaled or make direct contact with the skin.
After the spray foam has been applied, it will expand to fit the shape of the surface it has been applied to. As a result, an air-tight and moisture-tight seal forms.
After The Installation Process
After the insulation is properly installed, contractors will thoroughly clean the worksite so that residents can safely occupy the area. They will properly dispose of materials used for overspray protection and empty foam material drums. Following the installation, you’ll be instructed not to enter the application site for a minimum of 24 hours while the foam fully cures.
If you’re looking for a trustworthy spray foam insulation company, consider BMC SPRAY FOAM. We provide high-quality insulation services to residential and commercial structures of all sizes. For more information regarding our services, contact us today.
Benefits of Spray Foam
The benefits of spray foam insulation include improved energy efficiency, comfort, and noise reduction. Spray foam insulation can also help to protect your home from moisture, mold, and mildew. If you’re concerned about the environment, spray foam insulation is also an excellent choice because it’s made from renewable resources and doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals.
If you’re ready to improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home, contact BMC SPRAY FOAM today to discuss your options for spray foam insulation.