3 Things You Need To Understand About Spray Foam Insulation
Different forms of spray foam insulation are used for projects all around the home. Small cans of spray foam can be used to plug up small holes around your home, and larger devices can be used to add spray foam to your attic or inside of your walls. Before using spray foam as an insulating device around your home, it helps to really understand how spray foam works. Here are a few tips to help you with this product.
Always Protect Yourself
Spray foam is an incredible substance that can stick to just about anything, including your skin. Getting spray foam off your hands is a very hard process that can take days. Protect your hands by wearing gloves the entire time you are using the spray foam insulation. Wear long sleeves and protect the rest of your body. Whatever you are wearing, make sure you are okay with it getting damaged. Spray foam is just as hard to get off your clothing as it is to get off your hands. Wear goggles as well to protect your eyes from any flying debris.
Allow Overspray to Harden
If you overspray when you are working with the spray foam, avoid the impulse to wipe the area clean. When spray foam is wet, it is trying to bind to everything that it encounters. Wiping it away is more than likely only going to spread the mess and make it worse. Instead, allow the spray foam to harden, then come back and cut away the stray spray foam. This is a much easier way to deal with overspray. This is one of the few times it is better to wait to clean up your mess.
Limit the Spray
Keep in mind that spray foam is designed to expand, which means that you probably need less of it then you think you do. When you spray the foam, spray a small amount, and then allow the spray foam to expand and see how it fills the space before spraying more. Spraying a little and waiting for it to expand can help you limit the amount of spray foam you use and can help eliminate how much excess spray foam you have to cut away at the end of the project.
If you have a large hole or space you need to fill, fill the perimeters first, and allow the foam to harden up, then fill in the middle. Foam can start to sag if you don't fill everything in properly.
When it comes to using spray foam, always protect yourself, work slowly, and wait to clean-up overspray until the foam has hardened. Use a small spray can to fill up holes around your home and hire a spray foam insulation contractor to handle massive spray-foam insulation jobs around your home.