About Spray Foam Insulation Kits For Do It Yourself Insulation
Spray Foam Insulation kits are portable units that provide spray foam insulation, but are designed for small jobs or where traditional foam applications cannot reach. Spray foam insulation is a fast rising foam designed to take the place of the pink fiberglass insulation you are probably used to seeing, and has proven to be far superior to fiberglass insulation.
If you're a newbie, you might want to familiarize yourself with some Foam and Batting Insulation Lingo before you read this article. Learning the lingo will give you a good foundation to start out with. Otherwise, feel free to read on:
What Are The Advantages Of Spray Foam Insulation?
There are many great advantages of spray foam insulation over typical fiberglass insulation, including:
- Waterproof- Great for use under porches, crawl spaces, around hot tubs or sill plates in the basement. It can help prevent water damage from developing where you least expect it.
- Air barrier- Foam insulation creates an air barrier stopping all air from flowing through the walls. Typical fiberglass insulation only slows air down, spray foam eliminates the air loss completely. Eliminating air flow can provide a much higher level of insulation protection.
- Mold proof- There is no nutritional value with this type of insulation so there is nothing for mold to feed on. Mold just doesn't find it appealing and won't grow on it, which is why I find it all the more appealing.
- Insect and rodent proof- Rodents cannot nest in foam and insects will not chew through it. It's great to be able to utilize insulation that does not contribute to a present or potential pest problem.
- Increase structural integrity- Spray foam hardens which stiffens your walls in between studs. It dries very hard, and is solid. This provides a reinforcement of type, which helps to add some strength to your structure.
What Are The Disadvantages Of Spray Foam Insulation?
- Cost- Spray foam is more than twice the cost of fiberglass insulation. (It is worth noting however, that spray foam is more the three times effective than fiberglass.) This will offset your cost of fiberglass over time making spray foam a more economical decision in the long run.
- Installation- There is more labor involved with installing foam. It's not an easy job, prepare to crawl around and get dirty during the application process.
- Temperature- The surface temperature needs to be at least 40 degrees F in order for this type of insulation to bond to the substrate properly. Proper bonding is important to ensure a successful application.
Â Where Can I Buy Spray Foam Insulation Kits?
These kits are actually more easily available than most people realize. Spray foam kits are available to the consumer through just about any type of home improvement warehouse or local hardware store. These insulation kits are portable and simple to use, even for a novice. Typical foam installation systems require generators, over 300 feet of hose, a mixing station and air compressors. That's way too much work for the average homeowner.
Spray foam insulation kits eliminate all of this by filling two separate pressure tanks with the two component materials required to cause the foam to rise. What you then have is a small box with a handle and two small pressure tanks and a 10 foot section of hose. Each tank has its own hose and the two components mix at the very end in a swirling motion at the tip of the gun. It's that easy!
What Are Spray Foam Kits Used For?Â
Spray foam kits can be used for a multitude of uses:
- Foaming around skylight windows helps prevent heat and air loss and prevents moisture leaks as well.
- Hot tubs are great to insulate with foam because you can spray the outside of the tub body and the foam will permanently adhere to the tub.
- Crawl spaces can be sprayed to prevent air loss and heat loss. It is a good idea to spray the under side of the floor over the crawl space if you consistently deal with flooding. If you do not have to deal with flooding it is a good idea to spray the walls of the crawl space instead, effectively stopping the crawl space from getting too hot or too cold in the first place.
- Spraying attics can be a great idea especially around chimney extrusions, vents and windows where a lot of heat loss occurs and insects typically enter your attic. Most people are surprised at how much heat loss really occurs from this small opening.
Spray foam does not need to be limited to your house, it can also be used for boats, RV's, hunting cabins and much more. The versatility of spray foam insulation kits and the compact, portable nature of the kits makes them very easy to use on just about anything you need insulated. This can save money on professional spray foam installation for your home or business and provide you immediate cost efficient energy savings.