Spray Foam Insulation—How Property Owners Can Maximize It

Posted on: 3 March 2023


If you're looking to improve the energy efficiency of your home, one thing you can do is apply spray foam insulation to areas where there are drafts. These areas might include the attic and basement. To make the most out of this insulation product, here are some things to remember. 

Install Portable Fans to Move Fumes Outside of Home

When you apply spray foam insulation in your home, there are going to be fumes that you don't want to remain. Rather, you need to move them outside so that your home doesn't remain a hazardous place to be.

One of the easiest things you can do is set up portable fans. They're relatively inexpensive and you can even rent them if you want. You just need to set them up around the right areas where you can quickly alleviate fumes from spray foam insulation in an effective manner. This will help you remain safe throughout the application.

Allow Layers to Dry Before Applying More

When you get ready to apply spray foam insulation inside your home, it's important to apply a layer and then let it dry before adding more. This will help you maximize the energy efficiency of the insulation to where it provides the results you're looking for.

Once you get done applying the first layer around the appropriate areas where there are drafts, give it time to fully cure. You can test out the spray foam insulation's physical properties too to confirm the first layer has dried. Then you can add more as you see fit.

Remove Extra Chunks With a Handsaw

Sometimes, you may accidentally put too much spray foam insulation around an area. Instead of leaving these chunks alone, it's a good idea to remove them. Not only does this improve the aesthetics of spray foam insulation, but it also enhances this foam's energy efficiency properties.

You can use a handsaw to remove these extra chunks too. You just need to examine your application results to see where extra spray foam insulation has formed after it has had enough time to fully cure. Make sure you're properly suited before cutting these chunks away too.

Adding spray foam insulation inside your home may be a great renovation to consider if there are drafts affecting your home's energy efficiency. If you take your time with the application and carefully review your results, you can get the most out of this insulation product. 

Contact a local spray foam insulation service, such as Ultimate Spray Foam, LLC, to learn more.