If you want to drastically increase your home's energy efficiency while also lowering your heating and cooling bills, spray foam insulation is an excellent choice. Spray foam insulation is widely believed to be the most effective type of insulation on the market, and it lasts indefinitely, so after it is installed, you will never have to worry about replacing it. However, many people do not know much about how spray foam insulation is installed or what to expect. Continue reading to learn more about the spray foam insulation installation process:
As soon as you decide that you want spray foam insulation in your home, take the time to find an experienced and reputable spray foam insulation company. After you find the right contractor and hire the company for the job, there will be a consultation. You will have the opportunity to speak with your contractor at your home to determine where the spray foam insulation will be installed. At this time, you can also discuss how much the project will cost and sign a contract.
Completely hardened and cured spray foam insulation is completely safe. But, during the installation process, the wet foam can emit fumes and chemicals that may not be safe to be exposed to. Thus, you will need to vacate your home while the spray foam insulation is being installed. You will know in advance when your contractor will show up for the installation, so you can plan accordingly.
You can count on your contractor to properly prep your home before the spray foam insulation installation begins. In most cases, the contractor will cover your floors, windows, and other fixtures in your home with plastic to keep them safe and to avoid any damage. This will all be done before any tools or materials are brought in your home. The installation of the spray foam insulation will not begin until your home is properly prepped.
Spray foam insulation instantly expands as soon as it is installed, but it can take some time to dry. The amount of time it will take for the spray foam insulation in your home to completely dry or cure can depend on a number of factors, so your contractor will let you know what kind of timeline to expect. Just like during the installation process, you will need to stay out of your home while the insulation is drying/curing. In some cases, it may be necessary to stay out of your home overnight.