Spray foam insulation is a premium home insulation material that seals walls and attics to stop air leaks, leading to major heating and cooling cost savings for homeowners. This product is a blend of 2 composite materials, polyurethane and isocyanate, that chemically react to expand and harden into a thick spray-on insulation. The “A” side is usually made up of a mix of chemicals like methylene diphenyl diisocyanate and polymeric methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, while the “B” side is a mixture of chemicals like polyols, catalysts, blowing agent, flame retardant, surfactants, and other ingredients that vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
Can spray foam damage?
ARMOR Insulations, LLC Many traditional spray foam insulations use petroleum as a blowing agent, a non-renewable resource that contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. Some newer spray foam insulations are soybean-based, using a renewable resource and less harmful chemicals to produce the insulation. In addition, some manufacturers are switching to HFO blowing agents with a low Global Warming Potential (GWP).
A GWP rating measures how much energy a ton of a gas will absorb over 100 years when released into the atmosphere, and is a measure of its climate change potential. The new HFO blowing agents used in some spray foams have a lower GWP than carbon dioxide.
When installed by a professional, spray foam insulation is a durable and energy efficient product that also provides sound reduction. It’s recommended that homeowners seek the services of a licensed contractor for spray foam insulation installation to ensure safety and quality. If you do decide to do-it-yourself, be sure to follow all of the manufacturer’s safety guidelines for the materials and tools.
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