Spray Foam Insulation: 4 Tips For A Successful DIY Installation

Spray foam is a popular form of insulation in homes, especially for homeowners who tend to like to do projects themselves. Spray foam can usually be applied by a homeowner all on their own with the right protective gear and tools. With a DIY installation kit, which comes with a portable tank of spray foam, low-pressure sprayer and safety gear, you can easily insulate small areas in your home, such as the attic or a crawl space. However, before you start, you will want to read the instructions that come with the DIY kit and keep these additional tips in mind for a successful and smooth installation:

1. Keep Yourself Hydrated.

No matter what anyone tells you, installing spray foam is not necessarily the easiest job in the world. It takes some hard work and effort on your part. After all, attics and crawl spaces can get hot, especially when you have your protective gear on. So, you will want to drink plenty of water before you get started and take breaks throughout the process whenever you can to stay hydrated. You don't want to dehydrate yourself.

2. Dress in Layers.

While you are installing the spray foam, it isn't uncommon to get some of the foam on your disposable gloves. Your gloves may also get stuck to the sprayer or wall or accidentally rip. So, you will need another pair. The easiest way to take care of this is by already having an extra pair or two on. That way, you can put the damaged pair off and continue on with the installation.

3. Purchase Spare Gear.

Similar to the above, the spray foam is going to get on the rest of your gear – not just the gloves. You can try your hardest to avoid this, but it's going to happen. So, buy an extra pair or two of the jumpsuits, safety glasses, etc. so that you can quickly change if you get completely covered in specks of foam or your safety glasses get too cloudy and you can't see what you're doing.

4. Practice Makes Perfect.

If this is your first time installing spray foam insulation, you will likely feel uncomfortable wearing the gear and moving around in it. This could cause you to make some mistakes with the sprayer, which could potentially impact the spray foam insulation installation. So, before you actually start the installation process, you may consider putting on all of your gear and moving around in it a bit. This will help you get used to having it on and it may help prevent any unnecessary mistakes once you get ready to actually install the spray foam insulation.  

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