Do I Need to Use Spray Foam Insulation Exclusively?

Many people looking to use Foam it Green insulation in their homes ask us if they need to use spray foam insulation exclusively, or if they can combine different insulation materials to complete their project. You have many options when insulating, and combining your materials may be the most cost-effective solution for your specific situation.

One method is to combine different types of spray foam to get complete coverage and balance your costs. The best way to do this is to use Foam it Green Closed Cell Spray Foam for the first 50+ percent of the R value you need for your home. For most, that’s 2 inches of spray foam, although this amount varies depending on your geographic location and whether you heat your home in the winter months. This first layer will provide an airtight barrier in your walls or attic space, offering you the best protection possible for the base layer of your insulation.

Over this layer, you can switch to the more affordable Anti-Microbial Open Cell Spray Foam, which will help offer a high level of mold resistance. Plus, since Foam it Green is sprayed on, it is a quick and easy solution that offers a higher R value per inch than batting. You can also cut and lay fiberglass or other insulation materials on top of the initial spray foam layer, using this to back up and build your combined overall R value for the insulation.

The important thing to keep in mind with cold climates is that the warm air of your home’s heating system tends to condense when reaching the exterior walls or ceilings that are cooled by the cold air outside during winter months. When this happens, condensation can occur inside the home, which is what often leads to mold and wear with traditional batting. This is why it’s important that more than 50 percent of your total R value is provided by spray foam insulation in mixed material situations.

For more on determining the correct level of insulation – including a few common example R-value combinations – check out our complete article on Combining Insulations.

At Foam it Green, we can help you determine the best approach for your specific project. Contact us today for a free consultation, or reach out by email or phone for answers to your questions about spray foam insulation.

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How long will Foam it Green spray foam insulation last?

Today’s question of the day is: “How long will Foam it Green spray foam insulation last once applied and cured?”

Well, the answer is simple. A lifetime.

It is truly a set-and-forget insulation. Because it won’t hold moisture, it will never grow mold. Because it doesn’t sag or settle, it won’t need to be replaced.

Foam it Green spray foam insulation will add savings value to your home now, and selling value if you ever decide to move.

Questions? Give us a call at 1-800-516-0949 or email us at help@guardianenergytech.com

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Another happy Foam It Green spray foam insulation customer!

Monica from Utah wrote us this week to share her Foam It Green experience.  Here’s what she has to say:

quotes_graykits_wall_behind2WOW, what an excellent product. And the staff at Foam it Green is fabulous and very helpful. We had no problems spraying our A-Frame out in the boonies. The product arrived on time and actually early.. We had all the necessary items needed to complete the job. It was so QUICK and EASY.

Because our property is so remote, I really liked that the critters don’t want to eat the insulation. You’re ready to move on with the project within minutes.. It seals all the cracks, is moisture resistant and mold resistant. I could go on and on… Outstanding product. Very happy I purchased!!

We love hearing about success stories like these, and are thrilled that Monica’s home is all set, whatever the seasons may bring!

Got questions? Give us a call at 1-800-516-0949 or email us at help@guardianenergytech.com

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3 Tips to Beat the Heat with Spray Foam Insulation

insulation_summerIt’s gearing up to be a hot one this summer, and the pressure is on to get those DIY projects done before your overworked HVAC starts affecting your wallet!

Here are 3 ways to make sure that insulating your home will lower your bills and be the easiest project you do all summer!

1) Skip the Gas Expense & Extra Hours at the Store
Foam it Green low pressure spray foam kits are self contained, so you don’t need any extra equipment. All you need is what comes in the box! Plus, we even throw in 17 freebies on orders of $250 or more.

2) It’s Too Hot for Do-Overs – Nail it the First Time
Your Foam it Green foam sprays green so that you know it is on-ratio, and will cure properly. In other words, green means go! Other foams spray a neutral tan whether they are on-ratio or not. Why guess, when you can know for sure! Go green!

3) Get Answers from Real People
In a world of robots, automated recordings, online forms, and chat boxes, speaking to a real person is a rare treat. And that is where Foam it Green stands apart. You call when you need us, we answer and help, it’s that simple.

So, what summer project will you tackle first?

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How to Insulate Your Van with Spray Foam

Most people think of insulating with regards to a home. But, customers often use Foam it Green spray foam insulation to insulate their commercial vans.

In this video, watch as these folks use Foam it Green to insulate their Nissan Van from start to finish.  It’s easy, fun, and can be done in a single afternoon.

This van will now keep it’s cargo cool in the summer and warm in the winter!  Questions? Give us a call at 1-800-516-0949 or email us at help@guardianenergytech.com

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Are Foam It Green Spray Foam Insulation tanks recyclable?

Yes, the tanks can be recycled at a steel recycling center or discarded in your normal trash pickup once they are de-pressurized and emptied.

See page 11 of our instructions for the easy steps to follow to prepare your Foam It Green tanks for recycling.

Do you have more questions? Give us a call at 800-516-0949 or drop us a line to help@guardianenergytech.com and we’ll help answer any questions you may have.

Until then, happy insulating!

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How often do I need to change the nozzle when using spray foam insulation?

The two components come out of the spray gun separately and mix in the nozzle attached to the face of the gun.  Every time you stop spraying for 30 seconds or more, you’ll need to change the nozzle to prevent the gun from clogging.

If you know you’ll be stopping for 30 seconds or more (to move a ladder, or the like), I recommend removing the nozzle as soon as you stop spraying.  Do what you need to do, then place a clean nozzle on the face of the gun before you begin again.  If you do it the same way each time you stop, you’ll know for sure that you’re spraying through a fresh nozzle each time.

Do you have more questions? Give us a call at 800-516-0949 or drop us a line to help@guardianenergytech.com and we’ll help answer any questions you may have.

Until then, happy insulating!

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How spray foam insulation prevents heat from escaping through your attic

home-questionStill not convinced that you’re losing a ton of heat up through your attic?

Perhaps the following story, related by a one of our callers asking about spray foam insulation will help convince you that 40% of all heat loss goes up and out through your attic:

The gentleman I spoke with today purchased a home from a pair of heavy smokers.  He is renovating the entire home, and also found that he has to replace the attic insulation as well.  Why?  Because the insulation sitting on the floor of his attic is soiled and filled with the smell of cigarette smoke!  The odor permeates the entire attic area.

If cigarette smoke from the living area below can escape through a popcorn ceiling and soil the insulation in the attic above, you can be sure a whole lot of heat came with it.

Just one inch of closed cell Foam It Green, sprayed to the attic floor, will prevent your heated air from escaping out through the attic and into the atmosphere.

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How to Deter Pests with Spray Foam Insulation

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I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a Discovery Channel junkie.  Just the other day I was watching an episode of Dirty Jobs, and guess what it was about?  You guessed it – Insulating.

Nope, not spray foam. It was cellulose (blown in recycled newspapers basically), and man, it WAS dirty.

That stuff was blowing everywhere. And they kept having to stop and clean before they could move on.

But, nothing looks dirtier to me than the clearly rodent-infested fiberglass pictured here.

As Matt over at BatGuys.com will attest, pest intrusions like the one pictured here are more common than you may think.  Thanks, BatGuys, for supplying this super gross photo!

But, the great news is that you can avoid this problem both now and in the future, by adding one simple Saturday morning item to your Spring Cleaning agenda – insulating your attic and/or crawlspace or basement with Foam it Green.

Foam it Green spray foam insulation resists pests of all kinds, in addition to drastically reducing your heating and cooling costs.  Not to mention, it’s super easy to install on any given Saturday morning, and it’s NOT a dirty job! ;-)

Do you have more questions? Give us a call at 800-516-0949 or drop us a line to help@guardianenergytech.com and we’ll help answer any questions you may have.

Until then, happy saving… and staying clean, while you’re spring cleaning!

Photo Credit: www.BatGuys.com

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Can I use Spray Foam over Existing Wiring?

Foam It Green is Class I, ASTM-E84 fire retardant foam and can be sprayed over any wiring that isn’t bare.

To prevent the foam from expanding into outlets and junction boxes, I’d recommend taping any holes or areas where the foam could expand into the boxes with electrical tape (from the inside).

Once the foam is sprayed, remove the electrical tape and you’re good to go!

Do you have more questions? Give us a call at 800-516-0949 or drop us a line to help@guardianenergytech.com and we’ll help answer any questions you may have.

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