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Universal Polymers Corporation (UPC) FAQs

What is spray foam insulation?

Spray foam insulation is a polymer material that expands and solidifies once sprayed, creating a durable layer of temperature, moisture and noise regulation in the walls and ceilings. Spray foam insulation comes in two forms, closed-cell and open-cell, increasing the structural strength of the building/home surfaces on which it is used.

What is the difference between open-cell & closed-cell spray foam?

Closed-cell insulation completely blocks air, making it very hard and rigid after application and exceptionally capable of temperature regulation by preventing air leakage and fluctuations in moisture. The solidification of closed-cell spray foams also adds to structural stability adding additional strength to your walls and ceilings. Open-cell insulation is a great air barrier, and the nature of the open cells makes it a great insulation material for sound dampening. Due to its ultra-low density profile, open-cell insulation also requires less volume to fill walls and ceilings.

How long does spray foam insulation last?

When applied properly, spray foam insulation will last as long as your building. Even roofing foam applications will last over 30 years, with proper long-term maintenance. Spray foam insulation adheres extremely well to virtually all construction surfaces and maintains its specified level of rigidity once it dries.

Is spray foam insulation safe?

Yes, spray foam is safe, though some people can be sensitive to the fumes that come from the installation process. This process is known as off-gassing, which is why we recommend that occupants vacate the home once the spraying has begun and for a period of 24 hours after it ends. This will allow for the foam to be fully off-gas, and afterward, the home will be completely safe to live in.

What is R-value?

R-value, or “thermal resistance,” measures insulation’s resistance to heat flow. The R-value of different insulating materials must be based on test methods established by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) and are determined by material type, thickness and installed weight per sq. ft., not by thickness alone.

Is spray foam insulation a fire hazard?

Spray foam insulation actually helps to prevent fires. It has an incredibly high R-value, meaning it resists heat transfer very well. This means that if there is a fire in the area, the spray foam insulation will help to contain the fire and slow its spread.

Can spray foam insulation cause health problems?

Spray foam insulation is non-toxic and contains no harmful chemicals or gases, making it safe for both people and animals. Spray foam insulation is, in fact, healthier than other types of insulation, making it a great choice.

Is spray foam insulation a good investment?

While spray foam insulation may be a bit more expensive than other insulation types, it’s worth the investment. It’s one of the most effective and efficient types of insulation available and can save you money on your energy bills.

Does old insulation need to be removed before installing spray foam insulation?

While spray foam insulation is a great standalone option, it can also be used in conjunction with other types of insulation to further improve the insulation of your home or commercial property. Spray foam insulation can be installed over old insulation; there’s no need to remove it first.

Can I install spray foam insulation myself?

Spray foam insulation applications are technical and complicated projects, which is why the proper precautions and procedures must be followed. Special training is required to operate the equipment to ensure you get the best results and eliminate any unnecessary risks, such as harmful fumes, during application. It is highly recommended that spray foam insulation be applied by a trained professional.

Does spray foam insulation really improve my home or building’s energy efficiency?

Spray foam insulation keeps warm air from escaping during the winter, holds cool air inside during the summer, and keeps rooms at regulated temperatures. Thus, heating and cooling systems won’t have to work as hard to regulate indoor temperatures, using less energy and saving you money on energy bills.

Does spray foam insulation improve air quality?

Spray foam has the ability to minimize indoor allergens such as dust, mold, mildew, pollen and other pollutants. Believe it or not, these allergens don’t enter your home or office through open doors and windows; instead, they make their way inside through your walls.

Is spray foam insulation environmentally friendly?

Spray foam saves energy, reduces GHG emissions and aids in reducing your carbon footprint by consuming less energy.

How is spray foam insulation different from traditional insulation?

The main difference between spray foam insulation and more traditional forms of insulation like fiberglass or cellulose is that spray foam insulation is an air barrier and thermal barrier all in one (with closed cell spray foam serving as a moisture barrier, as well). Spray foam insulation provides insulation and air sealing with one product, whereas traditional forms of insulation do not provide any barrier to the flow of air.

Is spray foam insulation good for soundproofing?

Open-cell and closed-cell spray polyurethane foams effectively reduce noise from outside sources by sealing cracks and gaps that allow sound to travel through the walls, floors and ceilings. Open-Cell has the best soundproofing capabilities.

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