Spray Foam FAQ
What is spray foam?
Spray foam is a chemical product created by two materials, isocyanate and polyol resin, which react when mixed with each other and expand up to 30-60 times its liquid volume after it is sprayed in place.
What are the differences between open and closed cell spray foam applications?
Open cell foam is full of cells that aren't completely encapsulated, the cells are deliberately left open. This makes the foam a softer, more flexible material.
Closed cell foam is made up of cells that are completely closed. The cells are pressed together, so air and moisture are unable to get inside the foam, because of this, closed cell foam is much more rigid and stable than open cell foam.
Do I need to leave my home during the installation process?
The area of installation will need to be cleared of children, pets and other workers/adults without protective gear until the home can be safely reoccupied.
Is spray foam insulation fire safe?
If a home has spray foam insulation in an attic or crawl space, the building code requires using materials or assemblies that offer some fire resistance but not as much as is required for a thermal barrier. If you've got spray foam insulation in an attic, for example, it's probably already separated from the living space by a thermal barrier. Most ceilings are made of 1/2" drywall. But the spray foam is still exposed to the attic and needs an ignition barrier.
Is spray foam insulation mold resistant?
Spray foam insulation can effectively seal roofs and other spaces where condensation is more likely. With Spray foam insulation, you can not only save money with energy cost but maintain the integrity of your home because molds and other outside elements can't possibly thrive inside.
Can having spray foam decrease my utility costs?
All of the benefits that spray foam insulation can provide can be summarized nicely by looking at the savings you can enjoy. With the increased energy efficiency of your home, you can save between 30%-50% on your energy bills.
How long does spray foam insulation last?
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors states that spray foam insulation, can last for more than 80 years, providing savings for future generations as well as current residents.
What types of certification or training do technicians go through for installing spray foam in my home?
Our spray foam technicians are trained and certified with ThermosealUSA.
Once my home has been installed with spray foam, is there any warranty information that needs to be filed to protect my home?
ThermosealUSA offers a limited lifetime warranty for insulation work installed by certified and trained technical applicators. Warranty information will be submitted by the applicable contractor upon job completion. More information about Thermoseal's Lifetime Limited Warranty may be found at Thermosealusa.com/warranty.
Are there tax incentives for having spray foam insulation in the state of Florida?
The energy savings obtained by air sealing homes is significant enough that the purchase and use of SPF products may qualify for tax credits under the new American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Check with the manufacturer for confirmation that the specific SPF product qualifies for the tax credit and for further instructions for filing the credit. To learn more about federal tax credits for energy efficiency, you can visit Energy Star web site; Federal Tax Credits for Consumer Energy Efficiency.