Spray foam insulation is an innovative technology that can produce incredible results. However, it’s not the only insulation option available. With competition comes comparison, and with comparison comes misinformation. Unfortunately, some major myths surround spray foam insulation equipment, chemicals, and applications.
If you’re thinking about choosing a spray foam insulation equipment rental for your next project, be sure you’ve got the facts straight. Earlier, we posted an article listing three common spray foam myths. Here are three more myths you shouldn’t believe.
Myth #1: Spray Foam Chemicals are Unsafe to Use
These days, homeowners and business managers alike rightfully worry about the safety of different chemical compounds in their home, drinks, and food. Since spray foam should be installed using masks and ventilation equipment, some think that spray foam itself is unsafe for use in homes. However, this is actually false. Once the spray has set, the air in a home is completely safe to breathe. Spray foam even contains fewer volatile organic compounds than other types of insulation, and because it is inorganic, bacteria and mold are less likely to grow once it’s in place. Next time you opt for a spray foam insulation equipment rental, rest assured that you’re using quality insulation, and not a dangerous substance!
Myth #2: Spray Foam is Only Used for Insulation
While spray foam insulation does indeed insulate, there are many other applications for this product. Spray foam is also a sealant that keeps away moisture, and so it is very useful for protecting homes from mold, mildew, drafts, and even leaks. Residential humidity should be kept between 30% and 55% to maintain optimum air quality, and spray foam can help achieve proper humidity levels. Some studies have even found that spray foam is a natural shock-absorber that improves structural integrity.
Myth #3: R-Value is All that Matters
Finally, another common misconception is the idea that R-values are the only numbers that matter. In reality, R-value is only one way to measure and compare different insulation types. Energy and warmth can be lost in two ways: convection and conduction. R-value measures conduction alone, and fails to account for insulation types that seal out air, and thus prevent heat loss due to convection. When blocking moist air, spray foams with lower R values can outperform types of insulation with higher R values because of its ability to manage energy loss through convection.
If you’re considering spray foam insulation equipment rentals, be sure that you ignore these three myths to get the best insulation for your home. For more information about spray foam equipment, kits, businesses, and more, contact Spray Foam Systems today!