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Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing: The Potential Hazards of Installation Malpractice

Spray polyurethane foam is a durable and capable insulating and roofing material that can provide high-quality protection for your properties. Once it cures, it can create an airtight and watertight seal that adheres to surfaces, blocks passage of draft and air, and expands effectively to fill voids.

Spray polyurethane foam is made from two primary ingredients: isocyanates and polyols. These two ingredients are highly dangerous when it comes in contact with skin and your respiratory tract. SPF manufacturer certifications ensure that all installation teams can achieve the necessary steps to install SPF safely and effectively.

Liquid Form Dangers

The dangers of isocyanates vary depending on the type, but in general, they are known to cause irritation of the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract, and can also lead to more severe reactions like asthma, pulmonary edema, and carcinogenic effects. SPF contains isocyanates and polyols, which can cause massive damages to your health. Avoid inhaling SPF in liquid form to avoid the following:

Respiratory Tract Irritation

In the form of liquid or gas, isocyanates can move into the upper respiratory tract causing inflammation with repeated exposure. This inflammation can worsen for people who have asthma or other breathing problems. In doing so, it can cause great damages to your lungs and worsen existing health conditions of those who inhale it.

Rashes and Swelling

Exposure to isocyanates can cause inflammation and redness on the skin. Isocyanates cause rashes and swelling because they contain reactive amines, which cause the release of histamines in the body. SPF contains a huge concentration of isocyanates and polyols, causing allergens to activate and activate life-threatening allergies.

Essential Equipment To Keep Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing Safe

SPF roofing is a standardized and greatly-regulated practice ensuring the efficient installation of materials and safety of its applicators. In doing so, property owners can expect effective results that meet their requirements. Here are some essential equipment and guidelines to keep SPF roofing safe.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is protective clothing, gear or devices worn by people to protect their bodies from injury or disease, and to prevent damage to their clothing. PPE is used to protect against bloodborne pathogens as well as other infectious materials. PPE may also be used to protect against chemical or physical hazards, such as SPF in its liquid or gas form

Installation Equipment

The following installation equipment are needed to install spray polyurethane foam effectively:

  • A compressor
  • Spray gun
  • Pipe insulation
  • Foam sealant
  • Rigid board

Spray polyurethane foam is a type of insulation that has many benefits. It can be sprayed into gaps and cavities in walls, ceilings, and floors to create an airtight insulation seal. Spray polyurethane foam installation equipment is not just necessary, but vital for a professional installation that’s precise and addresses all issues effectively.


Certified applicators undergo the necessary training and certification that is required by the National Spray Polyurethane Foam Association. They are trained on the proper use of the equipment and are certified to work with a wide range of polyurethane foam products and to provide a high-quality installation.

If you have yet to work with a dependable SPF applicator, you can always count on us at Ener Spray for all your roofing needs. Contact us today to learn more about everything that we can do for you.