What is Spray Foam?
Spray Polyurethane Foam insulation is a method of sealing and insulating that is sprayed in liquid form into wall cavities, attics, crawlspaces and other areas. It acts as both insulation and as an air barrier, preventing drafts from entering the building. The Canadian Urethane Foam Contractors Association (CUFCA) says, when properly installed, spray foam insulation is airtight, and can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 50 per cent.
What is it made out of?
Spray Polyurethane Foam is made when two sets of chemicals contained in separate vats, known as Side A and Side B, are combined together and mixed on site during installation.
The proper installation of spray polyurethane foam insulation is difficult: the chemical compounds need to be mixed and applied at the right temperature, in the correct ratio, with a clean gun and hose, and should be applied by a trained, certified and licensed installer. During and after installation, the premises must be exhaust ventilated - meaning that fans and other equipment must divert the spray-laden air outside the building.
Once the foam has fully expanded and dried, manufacturers say it is inert. The chemicals should have stabilized. But if the chemicals are not properly mixed, they may not cure or react properly. Improper installation can result in a number of problems, including foam that is too thick or cracks, or emits offensive odours that may or may not dissipate.
How do I choose a Spray Foam company to do my project?
Spray Foamworx carries a high level of expectation for excellence. We maintain the highest standards internally to ensure the work is done proper and our reputation is maintained. Not all spray foam companies are the same as us. It is truly a buyer-beware world we live in and it is recommended that you research out who will do the best work for your project. Spray Foamworx has properly trained staff and we have a list of referrals. We feel we are the best educated, experienced and qualified to install your spray foam insulation, and are open to answer any questions you may have.
Why is Spray Foam so much better than conventional fiberglass insulation?
Spray foam doesn't leave any air movement or gaps. With traditional fiberglass insulation, its long-term thermal rating is substantially reduced over time meaning you lose out on proper insulation.
Does it have design limitations?
The only limitation is your imagination. Domes, turrets, curved walls, multi-story atria and cathedral ceilings-all are possible with Spray Foamworx. Our spray foam offers tenacious adhesion to almost any substrate and almost any shape. It will not shrink , sag or settle over time.
What is SWD Urethane?
Quik-Shield insulation products are specifically engineered to meet the toughest building code standards. All Quik-Shield roofing and insulation products are ICC and/or CCMC approved and are technically superior to traditional building products.
Will polyurethane foam burn?
Under the building code, polyurethane foam insulation is listed as a combustible insulation. That means that the foam has a fire retardant in it which means it will not support a flame. Building code requires a thermal barrier to be put over all foam insulation of about 0.5" such as drywall.
What does R-Value actually mean?
R-value of spray foam measures the thermal resistance of a material. If the number is larger it mean that it takes longer for temperature to go through it. For example, R20 is better than R10.
How much does it cost?
Spray foam insulation does not cost as much as most people think. There are government rebates, grants and incentives that clients can take advantage of. To get an exact quote, you would need one of our staff to do a site visit and we could provide you with a quote that will meet your requirements.