Spray foam is a go-to for home builders for insulating and filling gaps and cracks. It’s also great for repairing plumbing and mechanical systems. But there are some dos and don’ts of spray foam insulation that you need to know.
What are the side effects of spray foam?
ARMOR Insulations, LLC Depending on the kind of spray foam you use, it can be toxic to touch and may need to cure for 24 hours before it is safe to work with. In addition, some brands of spray foam have a high global warming potential (GWP). The blowing agents in many polyurethane spray foams have a GWP that is hundreds or even thousands of times higher than carbon dioxide on a per-kilo basis. That’s why it is important to choose a low-GWP spray foam.
2. Spray Foam Does Not Provide Sound Dampening
When you add a porch urn or other decorative accents, they can sway in the breeze. Squirt expanding spray foam around the base of the item to keep it secure and to reduce the chance that it will fall over.
3. Using Spray Foam on Wood Is Not Eco-Friendly
As the price of lumber climbs, it’s a good idea to recycle and reuse as much wood as possible. Unfortunately, any wood with spray foam adhered to it will likely end up in a landfill at some point. This is a problem because it can reduce the value of a property in the eyes of surveyors and appraisers, and can even make a house unmortgageable. The spray foam industry is currently working with valuers and lenders to resolve this issue.
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