How Can I Prepare My Home for Spray Foam Insulation?

In order to experience the benefits of spray foam insulation Burlington, homeowners should have it sprayed professionally. It isn’t the easiest type of insulation to install, as a good deal of preparation is required. Whether the insulation is to be sprayed via the low pressure method or out of a can, there are things you must do to prepare your home for the process.

Examine the house envelope ahead of time and inform the installer of all of the areas you feel might need the foam insulation. This could include walls, attic, crawl spaces, the basement, etc. The roof might also be in need of spray foam – especially if it’s vulnerable to ice dams.

Here are some tips on things you can do to prepare for the spray foam application process.

  • While detailed cleaning is not necessary, you should still remove any debris that could potentially keep the foam from bonding completely. Remove any nails from the surface on which the foam is to be sprayed. Clean any debris that you come across.
  • Even though foam installers do some prep work as part of the process, you should still help wherever you can. One helpful precaution you can take is to use painter’s tape or clear plastic sheeting to protect electrical boxes and water heaters. Do this in any room in which there will be spraying.
  • Since your home needs to breathe, taking care of ventilation is extremely important. If you are preparing for attic insulation, place some Styrofoam attic ventilation baffles beneath the eaves. The Styrofoam enables air in the attic to circulate freely by preventing the insulation from blocking it.
  • Some interior walls may require sheathing, as the foam is usually applied against OSB sheathing or plywood. In some areas, such as the walls in the laundry room, a substrate needs to be installed. For noise reduction, thermo ply is a good option. This inexpensive material is nailed to studs to support the foam. Afterwards, drywall can be added to cover the material and foam.
  • It’s never a good idea to install insulation near heat sources. You’ll need to isolate them before the installation begins. You can do this by providing them with relevant fireproof coverings. Heat sources include furnace flues, lights protruding through the ceiling, chimneys, etc.

Keep in mind that foam literally sticks to everything. During the spraying process, expanding droplets end up in the air and sticks to everything it comes across like glue. It can get all over the building materials, items inside the house, clothes, people, etc. In order to deal with this, you will need to clean everything out of the areas of your home that are being prepped for spray foam application. You will also need to get everyone in your home not part of the installation team out of the house.

If you are preparing your roof, or any other exterior part of your house for a spray foam system, you’ll need to have caulk, cloth, and tape ready to catch drips.

If you’re unsure about anything, simply ask your Burlington foam installer what you can do beforehand to help ensure that the application process is a success.