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Common Myths About Spray Foam Insulation

Common Myths About Spray Foam Insulation

June 26, 2020

common myths about spray foam

While spray foam insulation has been on the market for a while, there are still some myths and misconceptions spreading around about it. That’s why the pros at DFW Thermal Solutions are here to debunk some of the most common myths about spray foam insulation. With us, you can be sure you are getting accurate information about insulation products.

1. It Poses Health Risks

One of the common myths floating around about spray foam insulation is that it poses certain health risks and emits harmful fumes. Spray foam insulation is completely safe after it is installed and does not emit any dangerous fumes.

Pro tip: To ensure safety and proper installation, the installation process should be carried out by professionals. They are aware of the necessary precautions to take and have protective gear as well as the right tools. This way, there is less room for mistakes and dangers and insulation is installed properly.

2. It is New

Many people have not heard of spray foam insulation and because of this they think it’s a new trend. While spray foam insulation has seen a recent rise in popularity, it has been used in buildings since the 80s. Spray foam insulation is not a new trend, rather it has been used to protect and prevent heat gain in homes for a long time.

3. It Prevents Pests

So, this one is sort of a hit or miss with spray foam insulation. A lot of insulation materials are attractive to pests because they can get comfortable in the material, make nests or even chew on it. While a lot of sources say that spray foam is great when it comes to preventing pests, that might not be entirely true. Mice and rats can still scratch and chew through the material. However, spray foam can prevent bugs from making their way through.

4. Open-Cell Absorbs Water

Open-cell is a lot spongier and a lot more breathable than closed-cell spray foam. Usually, when water comes into contact with it, it will easily leak through it.  At least, that is the idea for a lot of people. However, open-cell spray foam isn’t always that absorbent—it all depends on the manufacturer and the type of spray foam insulation.

5. Open-Cell is Better Than Closed-Cell or Vice Versa

Open-cell spray foam insulation is of lower density and works well for walls and attics. Closed-cell spray foam is more rigid, better for smaller spaces and flood-resistant. One is not better than the other, so you shouldn’t pick one based on this misconception. Determine what your insulation needs are and go from there.

Want to know more about spray foam insulation? The pros at DFW Thermal Solutions are here to help you out. Call us today at 214-731-3115 or schedule a service online! Whether you want installation, insulation removal or a free consultation, our team of experts will be more than happy to assist you. We want to make sure your insulation is doing its job in maintaining the temperature in your home and keeping you comfortable.