7 Steps to Use Spray Foam Insulation Kits
If you want to save money on insulating your home, then spray foam insulation kits are a great idea. You can save thousands of dollars by doing the insulation work yourself, and using a spray foam insulation kit makes the process fairly easy for the avid DIYer. Applying spray foam insulation is not much different from working with spray paint. With the help of this handy guide, you will learn how to use a spray foam insulation kit and insulate your home in no time at all. Let's get started.
1. Prepare You Materials
Before you start spraying the foam insulation in your home, you'll want to make sure you pick up all of the materials you will need at your local hardware or home improvement store. When doing your shopping, make sure that to purchase a spray foam insulation kit that comes with adequate instruction materials as well as all of the tools and accessories that you will need to do the job.
2. Check the Temperature of the Materials
Before you get started, you should check the temperature of the insulation kit tanks to make sure that they are in the proper temperature range. Generally speaking, the tanks should be between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature is too cool, you may be able to use a forced fan heater or other heat source to warm the tanks. However, if the tanks are too warm, you'll simply need to wait until the weather cools down.
3. Prepare the Area to be Insulated
Clean the area where you'll be installing the foam insulation thoroughly before you start spraying. Remove any dust and debris with a broom or a vacuum cleaner. Also, wipe down the surface of the walls and studs with a damp cloth to remove cobwebs and dust that may prevent the foam insulation from adhering to the surface.
4. Get Your Equipment Ready
To prepare the equipment for use, you'll usually only need to connect the spray hose to the tank that is supplied with the foam insulation kit. Then you'll need to open the valves on the tanks by turning them counterclockwise so that the insulation foam can flow through the spray nozzle.
5. Spray the Foam Insulation
In order to spray the foam insulation, hold the spray nozzle about 12 to 16 inches away from the wall where you will be installing the foam. Then, spray the foam with a back-and-forth motion similar to that which is used when applying spray paint. Also, make sure not to apply too much insulation in any one spot. Generally speaking, you only need to apply a very thin layer of foam insulation for it to be effective.
6. Allow the Foam Insulation to Dry
After you spray the foam insulation, you should give it enough time to rise and dry completely. In most cases, the insulation should dry in about 20 to 30 minutes. For all practical purposes, once the foam insulation is dry, you are done.
7. Inspect the Wall for Missed Spray Spots
Before you put the spray hose and nozzle away, inspect the surface area of the wall where you sprayed the insulation. Check for any spots that you may have missed and fill them as needed.