How to Install Floor Foam Installation How to Install Floor Foam Installation

What You'll Need
Silicone sealant
Caulking gun
Foam insulation
Tape measure
Aluminum or fiberglass tape
Eye protection

Learning how to install floor foam installation is easy to do if you follow some basic and simple instructions. Having the right tools and setting aside enough time also helps to complete this task. Form installation will keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter, not to mention lowering insect penetration and noise. With the helpful advice and economical materials at most home improvement stores, this is a must for homeowner improvement which will also add value to a home.

Step 1, Measure and Plan Foam Applications

Take an assessment of the flooring area and carefully plan out how the floor foam will be placed and installed. If necessary, draw a floor plan to ensure insulation is used sparingly and none of it gets wasted. Place insulation together as closely as possible and seal with tape. If insulation is placed over foundation, first apply a waterproof solution to the cement before laying down insulation. Next, apply adhesive and then put down floor foam.

If flooring foam is to be placed in between flooring 2x4s, cut foam as required and place between 2x4s as snugly as possible. Place a strip of tape over a section of the 2x4 and secure the flooring foam in this way. For greater sealant value, apply adhesive between the seams of the 2x4s and the flooring foam panel.

Step 2, Allow for Wiring and Plumbing

When putting down floor foam insulation be sure to allow for wiring and plumbing lines, heating ductwork and other obstructions. To facilitate cutting around these obstacles, a box cutter with a razor will work very well. Cut out all areas to allow for obstructions and apply a silicone sealant between them and the insulation. Cover with the fiberglass or aluminum tape as necessary. The tighter the seal, the less problem there will be with insects and energy leakage.

 Step 3, Install Insulation with Correct Insulation Value and Size

Check with building codes or home improvement outlets and to make sure the correct flooring foam insulation is purchased. Check the insulation value and the size of the insulation to ensure it will adequately insulate the desired application and fit snugly into the area being insulated. In either case, it will be good to err on the high side than the low side. It would also be a good idea to apply extra insulation around piping that rises from the foundation, or piping that exits via a wall. This will ensure greater insulation.

Step 4, Remember Safety First

Foam floor insulation can be caustic and cause itching, watery eyes and rashes. Be sure to use safety equipment at all times when working with insulation. Be sure to wear a long sleeve shirt and long pants to limit skin exposure to insulation. Wear gloves when handling insulation, eye protection and a respirator to prevent inhaling microscopic bits of fiberglass. Also be sure to work in an adequately aerated workspace. The use of a fan will help immensely. Be sure to put all clothes in the laundry hamper after completing the insulation.

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