Should You DIY With Sprayed Foam?

June 26, 2017 adamb@evidently.com

Should You DIY With Sprayed Foam?

Finding the best insulation for your home, when you know your home isn’t as energy efficient as it could be, can be time consuming and frustrating. It can be tempting just to take matters into your own hands, picking up a DIY sprayed foam kit from your local hardware store or favorite website, but you may want to think twice before installing foam insulation yourself. 

Here are 2 reasons why you shouldn’t DIY your sprayed foam insulation:

It might not  be less expensive, in the long term.

One issue with installing spray foam insulation yourself is that there is a pretty good chance that you will end up missing areas, without even realizing it. This is due to the fact that most people aren’t as familiar with their own home’s building envelope, and where tiny holes might exist or develop. A licensed Icynene contractor, however, is trained extensively to be able to apply Icynene foam insulation in a way that will thoroughly fill in those places where air leaks might exist.

What happens when spray foam is installed in a way which doesn’t fill all the holes and crevices in your home is that its efficacy is reduced. In time, you may need to remove and replace that insulation, spending more money and time on a project that could have, had you chosen Icynene spray foam, been guaranteed for the life of the home.

It might not be used safely.

When you purchase a DIY spray foam kit from a store or a website, you likely get a short manual explaining how to install the insulation, and perhaps a phone number to a helpline. But how comprehensive are those instructions, really? Will you be aware if your spray foam begins to go off-ratio? Is the equipment you’ll be using designed to warn you if that happens? Off-ratio spray foam insulation can leave you needing a professional contractor to correct the damage, which may require removal and completely new product installed, because it may not cure, or it may not be effective. 

It’s better to work with a licensed contractor who has been thoroughly trained and certified in the handling and installation of spray foam insulation, like the contractors who work with Icynene. These contractors use only the most advanced, state-of-the-art machines that are calibrated to install Icynene foam insulation products, and have a team of experts available to help, should your Icynene contractor run into any difficulties the installation process.

Talk to a licensed Icynene spray foam insulation contractor in your area, to find out more reasons why Icynene is a better choice for your home, or your project.

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