Frequently Asked Questions
The following are some of the questions we receive regarding spray foam insulation. Click on your spray foam FAQs to reveal the answers. If you have a question that you don’t find in our spray foam FAQs, please give us a call at (210) 330-3000 and we’ll help you out.
The purpose of buildings for people is to isolate them comfortably from a hostile exterior climate. The purpose of insulation is to develop this climate isolation beyond minimum shelter to allow complete modern interior climate control. To achieve this climate isolation successfully requires full isolation between interior and exterior air, moisture and temperature. The two climates must not mix in the insulated building cavity. The system must also be reversible so the building may be both heated and cooled efficiently. PROFOAM achieves the climate isolation necessary by its nature as a solid closed cellular plastic — fully adhered in the thin space of the building cavity. Exterior and interior climates cannot mix so no compromise of climate isolation can occur due to the exterior climate conditions, however severe.
No. PROFOAM does not need venting. Venting was designed to carry moisture out of fibrous insulation so it can maintain its thermal efficiently and minimize the damaging effects of condensated water in hidden building cavities. With PROFOAM no air can enter into or through the product as it is a solid cellular plastic. Since no air or moisture can get in or around PROFOAM it need not be vented off.
Most damaging moisture within a building envelope cavity is the result of warm moist air being exchanged with the cold dry air inside an insulation filled cavity. As the moisture in the warm air contacts a cold surface, it condenses, forming dew and/or frost within the insulation. Because PROFOAM does not allow the movement or exchange of air within the cavity, this moisture movement and condensation does not occur. PROFOAM is ideal for use in climates where buildings are both heated and air-conditioned (mixed climates) because the situation is reversed from winter to summer with the potential for moisture to form on the back of the interior vapor retarder if fiber insulation is used.
No. PROFOAM is made of resins similar to popular polyurethane varnishes for wood. PROFOAM does not contain formaldehyde.
PROFOAM is applied before the sheet rock is put in place but after plumbers and electricians have completed rough-in work. The spray-in-place product creates a bedding around the pipes and closes all penetrations in and through the exterior walls of the structure which completes a nearly monolithic insulating blanket. PROFOAM can be installed quickly even in fairly extreme weather conditions. An average house of 1800 square feet may take a trained crew only 6 to 8 hours to complete.
Yes! PROFOAM product uses a new generation of environmentally friendly ingredients. PROFOAM contains no CFCs. Also, its superior insulating capabilities dramatically reduce heating and cooling demands, reducing harmful emissions from power plants and home heating.
If an outlet must be added, PROFOAM drills more easily than wood. There is also typically a small space left between the wall board and PROFOAM so a wire can slide through.
No. When PROFOAM expands it is very strong. As a result it may distort a closed wall cavity and then set up hard. PROFOAM is always sprayed into an open cavity. This also allows for better job quality control because the technician can see what is being insulated.
Indefinitely. As an inert, long-lasting polymer plastic, a house wall or commercial structure is the perfect place for PROFOAM to do its job for a very long time.
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