5 Compelling Reasons NOT to Use Spray Foam Insulation Kits
Spray foam insulation kits are endorsed as easy DIY kits for any property. The kits come with two canisters of foam that are mixed together. The foam is then sprayed into the cavity of the building, where it expands to fill.
This type of insulation is popular today because it is less expensive than other types of insulation, and some successful projects indicate excellent performance for both energy efficiency and sound reduction.
However, we highly recommend avoiding these products because of the following.
In the wrong hands, spraying polyurethane foam can be dangerous. It is an irritant, and the chemicals in it can be harmful to human skin contact and health.
The production of polyurethane foam requires the use of isocyanates, which can be toxic in large doses if inhaled. The foam insulation in an attic is in a confined space, where the concentration of isocyanates increases. Exposure to these compounds over time can cause respiratory problems and other health issues.
DIY spray foam insulation kits are no exception to these hazards.
SPF applicators with professional status and certifications work with high-quality spray foam manufacturers. These companies undergo rigorous testing and quality control before allowing professional applicators to use their products in any project.
Most DIY spray foam insulation kits come from overseas, which have varying qualities because of poor testing and post-production procedures. In this light, we highly advise avoiding these kits to prevent any possible long-term damages it may cause to your buildings and properties.
Inaccuracies in SPF applications occur when inexperienced applicators do not have the knowledge to apply the SPF foam they’re using for their projects. Poor installations can cause leaks that can possibly cause structural damage to a building.
DIY SPF insulation kits might be convenient for a building’s in-house maintenance team, but their inexperience can cause much more problems that a professional SPF applicator team needs to fix and re-address (which can then cost building owners much more money in the process).
Much More Expensive Retail Prices
The cost of a DIY installation kit is much higher than the cost of a professional installation because the DIY kit goes through a lot of preservation and packaging processes. Yet, despite doing so, it is not as efficient as a professional SPF installation.
The foam from a DIY kit is not mixed too well because overseas manufacturers sell SPF insulation kits of varying quality.
Also, the foam from a DIY kit often comes out in clumps because the inexperienced installer does not have a machine to spread it evenly. Professional installation teams have different equipment that helps in addressing this process.
No Post-Installation Guarantees
Lastly, DIY SPF products have warranties if the application mechanism becomes faulty. However, any damages to your property that the applicator caused, which could be your in-house team or yourself, do not have any post-installation guarantees for any faulty installations.
If you have yet to find a dependable spray foam applicator, you can always count on us at Ener-Spray. Contact us today to learn more about everything that we can do for you.