OPEN & CLOSED CELL INSULATION

ONTARIO SPRAY FOAM SOLUTIONS IS COMMITTED TO DELIVERING RELIABLE, AFFORDABLE, SAFE & ENERGY EFFICIENT SPRAY FOAM SOLUTIONS TO ONTARIO CONSUMERS

FAQS

Q. What are the benefits to using Spray Foam?


 

Spray Foam helps stop air and moisture infiltration thereby eliminating an environment for mold and bacteria, it helps save on energy costs, can add strength to a building structure, keeps dust and pollen out, and adds a barrier to vermin and bugs.

 

Q. How does Spray Foam actually help save the environment?


 

By preventing plastic from filling up landfill sites, and by reducing the energy required to heat and cool by up to 70%.

 

Q. Is it true Spray Foam improves indoor air quality and comfort?


 

Yes. Since it creates a continuous air-tight seal, dust and other exterior pollutants cannot enter the structure. It does not contain any fibers, loose particles, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) or CFCs (Chloro Fluoro Carbons) that can contaminate indoor air quality.

 

Q. What are common areas of energy loss?


 

Doors, windows, attics, crawl spaces, exterior walls, additions, basements, porch overhangs, garages, equipment, sheds, basically most areas that lack insulation and are exposed.

 

Q. I have allergies to mold, will using Spray Foam help in the reduction of mold in my home?

Yes. Most of the damaging moisture within a structure is the result of convection currents both through and within the wall cavity. Spray Foam creates an air-tight seal and is highly effective at stopping air movement through the wall. It can also stop the air movement within the wall. No air movement means no convection, resulting in no condensation, and elimination of moisture problems.

 

Q. How can I tell if I have inadequate insulation?


 

You may notice cold (winter) or warm (summer)  walls,  floors and overall air flow and if moisture problems exist.  

 

Q. Can I install Spray Foam myself?


 

No. Spray Foam is a two component liquid which is spray applied like paint, using a Zero Ozone Depletion Substance (Zero ODS) blowing agent, by a trained and certified professional. The two liquids, which are heated under high pressure, mix in the spray gun reacting with each other causing the liquid to expand rapidly and cure as a rigid foam.

 

Q. Can I use Spray Foam in my attic?


 

Yes. When it is applied, spray foam expands to fill every gap and it is not affected by moisture. Spray Foam also reduces the amount of airborne pollutants and irritants.

 

Q. Should people with allergies avoid using Spray Foam Products?


 

No. You'll experience a insulation envelope that is free of mold, and mildew and a reduction in vermin all-round.

 

Q: What is the difference between open-cell foam and closed-cell foam?

 

Both open-cell and closed-cell foam are great insulators. Both provide an excellent thermal barrier and air barrier. How they differ is that closed-cell foam is waterproof and will not let water move through it. Open-cell foam will allow water to move through it and dry. Insulation should not stop water. Roof, wall, and crawlspace assemblies are designed to keep water out. If water somehow does get into those assemblies, it needs to be able to dry out, especially in wood structures.

 

Q: Would I still need to ventilate my attic if I insulated it with open-cell spray foam?

 

No. Spray foam insulation is applied to the underside of the roofdeck, raising the insulation plane from the ceiling to the roofdeck. This creates a conditioned space in the attic area with typical temperatures in the 80° – 90° range instead of the normal 150°.

 

Q: Can spray foam insulation be installed in an structure?

 

Yes this is an excellent way to make your structure more efficient. However, we do not spray existing walls unless the drywall has been removed.

 

Q: In new construction, at what point in the building process do you install spray foam insulation?

 

You would spray foam at the same time as traditional fiberglass insulation, after passing mechanical and framing inspections and before hanging sheetrock.

 

Q: Is spray foam insulation better for sound attenuation than fiberglass insulation?

 

Yes. Spray foam has more density than fiberglass and its physical properties attenuate sound more effectively. Note: It is very difficult to specify how much sound will be reduced unless a specific sound wall assembly is designed (i.e. staggered stud, etc.).

 

Q: Does spray foam insulation require a larger investment than traditional fiberglass insulation?

 

Yes, there is a larger investment, but we have found that most of our customers are paid back the difference over a 3 to 5 year period through energy savings.

 

Q: Why does spray foam perform better than fiberglass?

 

Spray foam insulation’s air sealing properties are the primary reason for its superiority over fiberglass. Fiberglass, no matter how well it is installed, does not provide an air barrier and allows air to move through it. This allows the two climates (inside, conditioned air and outside, unconditioned air) to combine and create potential condensation inside walls and building assemblies.