Here are 6 tips to make sure the result of industrial foam insulation meets everyone’s expectations.
Know the difference between the two systems of industrial foam insulation
Understanding the difference between injection and spray foam is a big factor in getting the installation right. Most people are familiar with the spray foam’s method which is simple, point and shoot, without realizing that foam injection is also playing a big role in the same industry.
The two has the same level of expansion but differs in the rate of expansion. Spray foam is installed in seconds while injection foam can take a few minutes. This is because injection foam is expanding slowly to reduce pressure. Too much pressure could cause damage to the wall cavities.
Use the correct ratio
To make sure the insulation has a good quality, it is crucial to know the required ratio of both the spray and injection foam. This is important for proper chemical reaction to happen.
Using the wrong ratio can lead to poor foam quality and it can be toxic. These two methods involve a complex chemical process that requires the capable hands.
Observe the lift thickness when using spray foam
A lift is a term used for one layer of foam that was sprayed in one pass. Every spray-foam product requires a specific life thickness depending on the manufacturer. The most recommended is to use a maximum lift of 1.5 to 2 inches while others requires up to 6 inches.
If the lift exceeds the recommended thickness when installing in a closed-cell, this can result in decomposition and ignition. While exceeding recommended thickened in an open-cell can cause large voids which could affect the material. Proper lift thickness can be achieved through patience.
Know the substrate
The substrate requires a certain temperature when in use. A cold substrate can cause the spray foam to not expand properly while a hot substrate may endanger the quality. Each product is provided with a temperature limit recommended by manufacturers.
The substrate requirements must be met like the moisture and temperature or the environment around the site should be modified in order for the substrate to work properly.
Even in a hurry, waiting time should be considered in every application
When using spray foam, after applying a lift, one should wait for it to cool enough before applying the next. The same goes with injection foam, one should wait until the previous layer has finished expanding before applying the next layer. By doing it this way, one’s patience means better quality, but others are seeing the money spent when more time is spent on the job rather than the quality.
Know the application and apply the correct foam product
Knowing where one wants to apply the foam product makes it easier to decide the perfect product for the certain job. Different foam products have different properties which makes it convenient if the a certain application requires certain properties.