To insulate your home, a viable option is to buy some spray foam insulation kits and do the job yourself. Applying insulation using a foam insulation kits can save you time and money if you apply it right the first time. The application process is similar to using spray paint, but there are some mentionable differences.
Before you begin, keep in mind the risks involved in applying insulation on your own without the help of an expert of a professional. Always wear safety goggles and gloves when applying insulation, and remember that if you apply insulation yourself, you run the risk of damaging your property if you apply it incorrectly.
Tools and Materials Needed
• Spray foam insulation kit
• Bullet heater
• Safety Goggles
Step 1 – Temperature Check the Materials
Check both the surface are and the foam insulation kit tanks to ensure that they are between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If either is too cool, then you can use the bullet heater to warm it. On the other hand, if either is too warm, you can simply wait for it to cool.
Step 2 – Prepare the Area
Clean the surface area of dust and debris before applying the foam. If there is dust and debris, then the foam will not stick as well as it would on a clean surface.
Step 3 – Prepare the Equipment
Use a wrench to apply the included spray hose to the tank of the foam insulation kit. Next, open the valves by turning them counter-clockwise.
Step 4 – Apply the Foam Insulation
Spray a thin layer of foam onto the surface you want to insulate. You only have to apply as much as you would if you were spray painting.
Step 5 – Let Foam Dry
Let the foam rise and dry. This will take about 20 to 30 minutes. This completes the application process.
Step 6 – Check for Missed Spots
Check the area on which you have applied the foam and ensure that you haven’t missed any spots. Missed spots could result in a poorly insulated area. If you find any missed spots, apply the foam as you normally would.
Step 7 – Clean Up
Shut off the valves and detach the hose. You should store the kit and machine in a place where children and animals cannot reach them. Leftover chemicals from the kit can be used for later foam insulation projects. Always be aware of the expiration date on the chemicals. Store the chemicals in a cool, dry area away from heat sources or combustibles.