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Spray Foam Insulation Toronto - Eco Spray Insulation

2020-07-10

The first choice in insulation that many residential, commercial, industrial builders make is spray foam insulation. Spray foam insulation is created by two materials isocyanate and polyurethane, when mixed with each other they react and expand after it is sprayed onto almost any material.  

Is very important to have the right applicators of this insulation because spray foam insulation unlike other types of insulation is not as simple as to unroll it. There needs to be an understanding of how it fills in cracks, how it expands and other benefits.

Benefits: Polyurethane Spray Foam Insulation

1. Thermal effectiveness - Spray foam insulation combined with air tight, it enables heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems to perform more efficiently. It has a higher insulation value or R-value.

2. Air Tight - After the spray foam is applied it is blown out, mixing at the tip of a pressurized nozzle and sticks to the surface being applied, the combination of the very low air permeability and a sealed application process, insure a much tighter building envelope

3. Vapor Permeance  -  Spray foam insulation, closed cell provides sufficient vapour diffusion which means that spray foam  is capable of replacing both fiberglass insulation and the polyethylene vapor barrier.

4. Durability – The tests show that polyurethane sprayed as an insulation is tough and adds an element of structural integrity to the building. Spray foam will last the life of the building and is not susceptible to water damage.

5. Reduces Energy Consumption - Due to a poor building envelope, up to 40% of a building heat is lost. Spray foam seals tighter around windows, vents, doors, little nooks, to surfaces like concrete and wood.

6. Air Quality – Less pollution and water can leak into the building with the building envelope sealed tighter. The air is filtered through intake/outtake points.

7. Noise Reduction - Spray foam is effective at combating noise pollution between certain rooms within the building. 

8. Quality Assurance – Should have certified installers and contractors the polyurethane spray foam companies.  These programs are designed to make sure that application of the product and the conduct of the company are kept in line with the standards set out by the product manufacturer.

Application Method 

Spray foam through pressurized spray nozzles is pumped into the walls, crawl spaces or attic, once it is applied it expands to form an insulation barrier. It fills the smallest spaces for a seamless, durable insulation and eliminates energy-wasting air filtration.

Spray Foam vs Batt Insulation 

Batt insulation is generally manufactured from fiberglass and it is one of the most common products used to insulate walls, ceiling, attics, basements and crawl spaces but as spray foam has gained more popularity people are beginning to recognize its benefits. Batt insulation does not provide an airtight seal meaning that heat can still escape because it is placed between studs, stapled into place and then drywall is nailed over it. On the other hand spray foam insulation creates a better air-tight envelope that keeps heat in.

Spray foam To–Do List

The homeowners need to do a few things before the installation process of the spray foam. Here’s a to-do list to help you to get your home ready:

- Make sure there is full access to the area that requires spray foam insulation even before the first initial visit from the contractor. Clear all things from the area, you may stack them in the middle about 3-4 feet away from the walls.

- All residents need to vacate the home for 24 hours once the job has been finished, to ensure proper off-gassing. This is a health and safety protocol, so please make plans in advance to stay out of home until it is safe to return.

- Remove any dust or debris prior to installation to ensure safety and quality of the process.

- After the installation of the spray foam is completed it must be covered by an approved thermal barrier such as drywall or an approved thermal fiber.