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Builders Should Discourage Clients From DIY Spray Foam Installations

Posted by Becky Eades

Dec 2, 2015 3:26:57 PM




DIY spray foam is a product that many homeowners who are repair savvy are already familiar with and have likely used in the past. While there’s no problem with most homeowners using spray foam for small projects that don’t require more than a few minutes of work, DIY application isn’t always a good idea for homeowners for safety reasons and because of overall effectiveness and hold.

If your clients are considering DIY spray foam for parts of their project, you may want to discourage them from doing so and have them use your services instead. There are a variety of effectiveness and spray foam safety arguments you can use, and in the end, your client will be much more satisfied with the work when done by a professional in most cases.

  • Spray foam is not safe for mid-size projects – projects larger than filling a small crack or something like sealing around a pipe in the bathroom. Mid-sized projects require a two-step system that requires specialized training for safety and effectiveness. Let your clients know.
  • Large projects require high pressure systems that require a fair amount of equipment and knowledge to operate. They also require respirators and safety equipment that the average homeowner, or even a savvy homeowner, won’t be able to use safely.
  • Using spray foam in poorly ventilated areas can be dangerous for anyone. If your client doesn’t have adequate equipment to make sure the air can get proper air flow, they shouldn’t be doing the project at all. Air flow is essential when it comes to spray foam safety, even though it’s a relatively harmless product when used properly.

Contact NCFI Polyurethanes for more information and tips on spray foam safety and how to make sure your clients use your services.

Topics: Safety, InsulStar, NCFI