Tips For Successfully Working With Spray Foam Insulation

If you have a major insulation job to complete in your home, it's generally a good idea to turn it over to a professional who can complete the task correctly. In the case of a small project, however, you might be capable of getting the work done on your own. Using spray foam insulation instead of traditional fiberglass insulation can often be easier to work with, although you'll need to take the right approach to ensure that you complete the project successfully. Here are three tips for successfully working with spray foam insulation:

Protect Yourself From The Fumes

Using spray foam insulation can result in strong odors in the area in which you're working, and these are fumes that you don't want to inhale. There are a couple ways to address this situation. First, you'll definitely want to buy or rent a ventilator from your local home supply store. By wearing this device over your nose and mouth, you'll ensure that the air you breathe is safe. Additionally, it's handy to open up doors and windows in the space that you're working, as doing so will allow fresh air to flow into the area to reduce the smell of the spray foam insulation.

Stop Short Of The Studs

When you'll filling the void between a pair of wall studs with spray foam insulation, you don't want to fill the area too much. You'll see that this type of insulation grows after you spray it, and the growth can continue to some degree for hours after the job is done. This means that if you fill the void all the way to the edges of the studs, you'll have insulation overflowing when you return to the job in the morning. Carefully check the instructions on your can to understand how much your particular product expands after application, and keep this guideline in mind.

Buy A Specialized Knife

When you're buying some cans of spray foam insulation, you should also buy a knife designed to trim this type of insulation. Invariably, you'll get some sloppy areas in your work, resulting in the insulation extending past the studs upon drying. In such a scenario, you won't be able to hang drywall over the studs until the spray foam insulation is trimmed back. A knife designed for this job, which is typically long and thin, will allow you to carve away the hardened insulation until you're able to hang the drywall.

Contact a wall insulation company for more information and assistance.