For insulating small areas or sealing drafty gaps in doors or windows, using a can of spray foam insulation can be an excellent option. Of course, spray foam insulation is also available for insulating larger areas, but needs to be applied with special equipment and by a highly experienced professional. Still, if you just need to seal some gaps around your home, you can easily apply your own spray foam insulation from a can; just be sure to keep a few considerations in mind throughout the process.
DO Take Measures to Protect Yourself
For starters, understand that spray foam insulation from a can is highly adhesive, so you'll want to protect your skin from accidental adhesion of the foam by wearing gloves. You should also don safety goggles while working with spray foam insulation, along with clothing that covers as much skin as possible (pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and close-toed shoes). Finally, make sure that the area in which you're working is well-ventilated, as prolonged exposure to the spray foam could cause respiratory problems otherwise. If you don't have access to a nearby window or fan, be sure to wear a respirator mask.
DO Spray Halfway through Gaps
If you're using spray foam insulation to seal gaps in windows, doors, and other areas of your home, you'll want to be sure to spray only halfway through the gaps themselves rather than spraying to fill the entire gap; spray foam insulation is designed to expand after it's sprayed to fill the space around it. By spraying only halfway through a gap initially, you'll give the material the space it needs to expand without flowing out of the space and being an eyesore.
DON'T Dispose of Unempty Cans
Finally, if you don't use all of your spray foam insulation in one use, be sure to store it in a room temperature area until it's needed again. Do not throw away a unemptied can of spray foam insulation, as the material is toxic and will leak into the ground at a local landfill. If you don't plan on using the rest of the can, consider asking a neighbor or friend if they'd like to have it.
As you can see, there's a lot to keep in mind when it comes to using spray foam insulation from a can. When done properly, however, this can be an excellent option for better insulating your home without taking any drastic, expensive measures. For more information, talk to a professional like Bios Environments.
My name is Sara Jenkins and I am the daughter of a plumber. As a young girl, I was not very impressed by what my father did for a living, but I loved spending time with him so I was thrilled each time he asked me to help with a repair around the house. What I didn't realize at the time was that my father was teaching me skills that would prove incredibly useful in my adult life. Today, thanks to him, I have completed a long list of plumbing jobs in my own home without the need to hire a contractor. This blog is my way of saying thank you to him by sharing all of the things that he has taught me about home repairs and construction.