Many homeowners try to save money and improve their property’s value by taking on DIY projects. However, some projects, such as installing spray foam insulation, should be best left to the professionals.
While DIYing your spray foam insulation can seem like a great way to save money, it comes with some dangerous hazards. In this article, we discuss some of these potential hazards and also share reasons why it’s best to hire professionals for the job.
Why DIY Spray Foam Insulation is a Bad Idea
Although you can technically install spray foam insulation in your home, here’s why you shouldn’t do it yourself.
1. Complex Process
The application of spray foam is a complex process. You need both specialized equipment and advanced industry knowledge to install spray foam insulation correctly. Otherwise, the chances of safe and effective installation are quite low. For example, you need proper personal protective gear before mixing and heating the compounds. Once the chemical reaction begins, you need to set the right temperature range for the application surface and use specialized equipment to install the spray foam.
2. Costly Removal and Repairs
If you make even a slight mistake during the installation process, your attempt at saving money by DIYing could fail. Once applied, it’s quite challenging to remove spray foam insulation. That’s because this type of insulation is designed to get into every nook and cranny of your space and solidify within seconds. Therefore, removing spray foam insulation and fixing any damage that occurred during your failed attempt can be expensive. In contrast, it’s more financially advantageous to hire a professional and get the insulation installed properly the first time.
3. Health and Safety Risks
Incorrect installation of spray foam insulation not only puts your home at risk, but also poses several health and safety hazards. For instance, it may lead to hazardous chemical off-gassing that may result in skin, eye, and nose irritation, along with respiratory problems and a higher risk of cancer. Moreover, inadequate spray foam insulation will not effectively stop mold growth or offer extra structural support, resulting in more safety hazards.
4. Energy Waste
Poorly installed insulation decreases the energy efficiency of your house and affects the comfort of your family. If you leave any cracks or openings, it can cause cold drafts in chilly months or let your cool air escape outside during warmer months.
5. Technical specifications
With so many products available on the market, it’s important to know where you need to install the insulation and what R-value you want the insulation to achieve. You also need to consider other factors such as indoor air quality, recycled content, life cycle costs, embodied carbon, and ease of installation, which is critical if you plan to do the installation yourself. However, not all homeowners understand these technical specifications and they may end up choosing the wrong product.
Benefits of Hiring a Professional Contractor
As mentioned earlier, installing spray foam insulation yourself can be a difficult and laborious task. Plus, it has lots of potential hazards, and if you don’t have any experience with insulation, you may struggle to get the desired results. That’s why it is always better to hire an expert for the job. Some benefits of using a professional contractor include:
• They have the necessary tools and experience to ensure that the job is done correctly.
• Their experience allows them to prevent errors you may not even consider.
• As they most probably have managed numerous problems and roadblocks in the past, they will not have to waste time looking for the best alternatives.
• They can offer advice on the best kind of insulation for your home and offer a warranty for the work.
• They can quickly complete the job without compromising quality.
• They know how to safely remove old insulation before applying the spray foam and can also tackle mold, mildew, or asbestos.
• As they know how much spray foam to apply and where your home needs it most, a professional can help you improve your home’s energy efficiency.
• You get peace of mind in knowing that the job is done right the first time.
• It saves you from the hassle and costs of removing and repairing a faulty installation.
It is essential to do your research to find a trustworthy and experienced contractor who will be able to meet your needs.
Ensure Safe and Lasting Spray Insulation with Superior
Looking to have insulation installed in your home but not sure what type you need or where to start? Get in touch with our team at Superior Insealators. Our professionals will help you save money, hassle, and energy in your home. We have all the knowledge, tools, and equipment required to install your insulation properly.
Our experts have been installing high-quality spray foam products for over two decades. You can rely on us to insulate large spaces or even the smallest gaps. Wherever your home has a space to be filled, our spray foam insulation will do the trick. Request a free estimate today!