Can I Install Spray Foam Insulation In My Yakima County Home By Myself?

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There is a certain amount of pride that accompanies home ownership. Owning your corner of the world gives you a sense of accomplishment and security. Although home ownership has its rewards and benefits, it also costs money.

On a given month, we spend more money maintaining and living in our homes than on any other item. We spend money on mortgage payments, utilities, and taxes. Because owning a home costs so much, we want to find opportunities to save money. Spray foam insulation is one way to reduce energy costs and save money. If you are interested in saving money, you need the Yakima County spray foam insulation professionals from Prosite.

What Is Spray Foam Insulation?

Spray foam insulation is a revolutionary expanding foam created by combining a resin and an iso. The two chemicals are in two separate hoppers or storage containers. The isocyanate from one container and the polyol resin from the other hopper travel through hoses propelled by gas or a liquid and combined at a nozzle. Upon meeting, a chemical reaction occurs and creates foam. When the foam contacts a surface, it expands and fills in holes, cracks, and gaps.

There are two types of spray foam insulation: open and closed cells. Spray foam has cells, or air pockets, and spray foam consisting of cells that are not closed are called open cell spray foam insulation. Open cell foam occurs when water or carbon dioxide propels the chemicals through the hoses from their hoppers to the nozzle. Attics, roofs, and ceilings are locations suitable for open cell spray foam.

The creation of closed cell spray foam insulation involves using gas to propel the resin and iso chemicals through the hoses to the nozzle. The sealed air pockets or cells in this spray foam insulation create higher heat, water, and vapor resistance.

Is Spray Foam Insulation For My Home A Good Idea?

Yes, there are several spray foam benefits like the following:

  • Seals cracks, gaps, and holes
  • Reduces energy costs by 40% to 60%
  • Decreases outside noise inside the house
  • Improves HVAC system efficiency
  • Enhances air quality in the home
  • Blocks radiant heat from the roof to the ceiling

Another benefit may include the improvement of the structural integrity of your house. There are benefits of spray foam insulation in your Yakima County home.

What Are The Problems With DIY Spray Foam Insulation?

There are many do-it-yourself (DIY) spray foam installation kits for those hoping to save money. While these DIY products allure many consumers, promising easy spray foam insulation, there are issues with these products you should know about before investing money, such as:

  • Incorrect mixture: Unbalanced mixtures can create an odor in the home; they can also cause the failure of the foam to adhere to surfaces.
  • Incorrect application: Uneven foam distribution can interfere with construction material installation like gypsum board.
  • Wrong spray foam: Open cell spray foam works better in some locations than closed cell. Using the wrong spray foam type can cause superheating in the house.
  • Application to wrong areas: Spray foam installation is messy and accidental application of the foam to joists and sills obscures areas inspectors need to see for termite damage.
  • Spray foam mold: If the mixture is wrong, the foam may detach from the surface and allow water condensation; the water combined with heat allows mildew and mold to grow and flourish.
  • Health concerns: Spray foam involves chemicals with carcinogenic properties. Exposure to isocyanates can cause breathing issues and skin irritation.

Unless you have time, patience, are detailed-oriented, and are willing to take a risk, it is best to use spray foam insulation contractors.

What's The Best Way To Install Spray Foam Insulation?

The best way to install spray foam insulation is to use the spray foam insulation contractor near you, Prosite. We are trained, licensed, and experienced installers of spray foam insulation. Contact us and schedule an inspection today.