10 Different Ways To Use Spray Foam Insulation (#3 Will Shock You)

Did you know that the discovery of spray foam was actually the result of a lab accident, but it soon become a leading material for insulation and sealing? Like with many other materials primarily used for commercial use, artists and crafters found new ways to use spray foam, and applied them to their creative endeavors.

Below, you will discover different uses for spray foam that you may be able to incorporate into your every day life.

 

1. Home Insulation

This one may be the most obvious and one that we hit on quite often. Spray foam is easily the best option for a comfortable home. Because the insulation expands once it is applied, it fills into any space and seals off cracks or gaps that could be letting air in and out of your home. This tight-forming seal increases energy efficiency by keeping your house well insulated. The seal also reduces the ability for allergens and dust to enter your home via outdoor air being blown inside. Since spray foam insulation hardens into one, solid substance, there are no individual particles to break off and create dust in your home.

2. Storage

One of the easiest and quickest ways to insulate a container, garage, or pole barn is with spray foam insulation. The insulation can be sprayed directly onto both the interior and exterior walls of a shipping container. While sturdy and durable, a shipping container’s steel walls can get very hot in the summer and cold in the winter. That means you’ll definitely need insulation if you intend to use the container as working space, or if you plan to store temperature-sensitive belonging’s. 

3. Movie Sets / Theater Props

I wish I would have known about this tip in drama club! The possibilities are endless for the different types of props and sets you can create using spray foam. Spray Foam Magazine wrote an intriguing article about the series Stranger Thing’s creative use of spray foam in their sets. The “upside down” was portrayed using a variety of spray foam props and the drips in the caves were also formed using spray foam. Check out the article from Spray Foam Magazine here.

4. Shipping Fragile Items

If you’re shipping a fragile item but worried it may break on the way to its destination, spray foam is an easy way to cushion that fragile item and ensure it doesn’t shatter.

Step 1: Place a plastic bag into the container that you will be using to ship. The bag should be large enough to fit in the container and drape over the sides several inches.
Step 2: Spray the inside of the bag with foam, completely covering the bottom and filling it about one fourth of the way. Pick the box up a few inches off the ground and let it drop two or three times. This will set the foam evenly. Fold the remainder of the bag over the foam.
Step 3: Place the items you’re shipping into the box on top of the bag and apply a little pressure for a snug fit. The foam will “mold” itself around the shape of the contents.
Step 4: Lay another large plastic bag over the contents and spray the foam over this to fill the box, filling the spaces and covering completely, to about an inch from the top of the container. Once the foam is dry, seal the package for shipping as usual.

5. Costumes

To save money and bring out your inner artist, consider making your next Halloween costume!

6. Home Decor

Want a snowman in your yard that never melts? Need some extra support for your fake indoor plants? There’s so many spray foam hacks that can take your home decor to the next level.

 

7. Roofing

Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) is an eco-friendly roofing option for commercial, industrial and manufacturing facilities. Spray Polyurethane Foam, more commonly referred to as SPF, is a material that’s sprayed as a liquid, so it can expand into a foam, creating a solid layer across an existing roof. While SPF roofing is not the most known type of roofing material, the technology has been around since the early 1960’s for industrial, commercial, and residential facilities. An SPF roofing system can be used in any climate, and when correctly installed and maintained, can last over 50 years!

8. Freezer Storage / Walk in Cooler

Excellent insulation is critical to your walk in cooler, for keeping both temperatures and electricity bills low. Insulation is measured by its “R value” per square inch – the higher the value, the more effective the insulation. The industry standard for walk-in coolers is an R value of 25. Going up to an R value of 30 will save you even more money, especially if you are keeping your cooler at 40°F or below.

9. Sound – Deadening

Sound-deadening sprayed polyurethane foam in a building can serve several purposes, from reducing outside noise to enhancing a quiet office space. Multimedia environments, or any specialty rooms where excessive noise can become an issue, can also benefit from SPF as a cost-effective sound-reduction measure.Traditional sound barrier technology often used within structures—such as vinyl sound barriers and fiberglass products—can be too costly for builders or property owners looking to save money or to spend it elsewhere—a ‘nice-to-have,’ though not a ‘necessary’ feature. When builders and architects take advantage of sprayed polyurethane foam insulation for other uses, its sound-deadening effects can come as a bonus, saving time and money in the construction process while increasing comfort.

10. Air Sealing

Sealing cracks and openings reduces drafts and cold spots, improving comfort. The recommended strategy is to reduce air leakage as much as possible and to provide controlled ventilation as needed. Air sealing increases energy efficiency and indoor air quality.

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