Solving Common Spray Foam Installation Problems

Spray foam insulation is a great idea for any home. Not only does it protect your home from drafts and water damage, but it can also decrease your energy costs by raising the R Value of your home.

But there are issues in installing spray foam insulation, especially if you’ve never handled this type of job before. What do you do when things go bad?

Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Here are the answers to many of the common spray foam installation problems that both first time and experienced installers run into.

Problem 1 - Misrepresentation

This is probably one of the most common mistakes. As spray foam increases in popularity, more and more products come on the market and you may choose the wrong type. Not all of these products meet the high quality standards that Marvel’s spray foam does!

The first thing you need to remember is you get what you pay for. If you choose a low price insulation, chances are you’re going to get a low quality product. You’ll run into many of the problems we’ll be discussing here.

The best bet is to do your research before picking a product. Make sure you’re working with a licensed contractor or an experienced spray foam insulator knowledgeable in our products who will steer you in the right direction.

Problem 2 - Poor Application

This can happen quite easily if your contractor is inexperienced in spray foam insulation. A poor application of the product can lead to many problems, such as lack of adhesion, bad odors, and off-ratio spraying which can lead to less coverage.

The solution here is simple — when selecting a contractor, make sure he/she used Marvel products before. You want someone who is trained by our experts to handle the spray foam properly, so it goes on right the first time.

Remember to ask questions, like how long has the contractor used this product and was he/she trained by our staff. Doing your homework first will save you in the long run.

Problem 3 - Gaps

Maybe your insulator has a busy schedule and needs to move to the next job quickly. Or maybe you insist on rushing the job. Whatever the case may be, the insulator had done shoddy work and created gaps or missed spots when insulating. This can cause issues down the road. You’ll see a reduction in the spray foam’s efficiency which can cause a drafty home and a spike in your energy bills.

This type of problem can happen with even the most experienced contractor. This is why you want to make sure the contractor has plenty of time to do the job properly and to double check, making sure there are no issues with the insulation. You want a a perfect job the right time.

Problem 4 - Strong Odors

If the foam is not applied at the correct rate or thickness, this can cause some odor issues. This is because the chemicals in the spray foam get too hot and don’t have a chance to cool, causing a permanent odor. No one wants that in their home!

However, if you follow the directions correctly, take your time, and make sure the right thickness is applied to the home’s interior, then you won’t have to worry about any noxious odors. Yes there will be a strong smell at first, but after a few days, that smell will subside.

Marvel Can Solve Your Spray Foam Installation Problems

Fortunately, Marvel Coatings has products and support available that can help you avoid many of the spray foam installation problems you see here. Contact us today or find a dealer to get more information.

1 Response

  1. I had no idea that there could be so many problems with spray insulation! I'll look out to make sure the foam is applied at the correct thickness to avoid the chemical smell you talk about when we get our home insulated. This is great advice for anyone looking to get new insulation. Thanks for the tip!
    Moira Blythe

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