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Make Certain Your Insulation Site is Well-Prepared

Posted by Becky Eades

Feb 10, 2016 11:00:00 AM


Before you begin applying spray foam insulation, it's important to make sure your construction site is properly prepared for the project. Planning construction properly can prevent injuries and accidents, and it also ensures that the end result is as flawless as possible. Achieve these goals by taking the following site preparation steps before SPF high pressure application begins:

  • Make sure you know which floors of the building will be occupied during application, if any. Depending on your building design, there is a potential for SPF chemicals to migrate to other floors, and ventilation measures may need to be taken to prevent this.
  • Use signage to communicate the existence of your work zone. Restrict access to people who are wearing proper protective equipment. The distance between SPF application zones and other work areas should be at least 25 feet, but may be greater depending on the volume of foam used and the air flow.
  • Designate an area where SPF workers can put on their protective gear.
  • Train all employees in overspray protection, and consider how you will handle any potential overspray situations that come into contact with adjacent structures. Identify any surface or property that could be damaged by overspray prior to beginning work.
  • When planning construction, choose a "rain date" for SPF application. You should reschedule application if the weather is excessively windy. Generally, it is not considered safe to apply the foam with sustained winds or gusts over 15 miles per hour.
  • If your job will take several days, be prepared to change work zones as the wind direction changes daily.

NCFI Polyurethanes is dedicated to ensuring that your spray foam application goes as smoothly as possible. Contact us if you need application equipment or more safety information to prepare for your spray foam insulation project.

Topics: Safety, Training & Support, NCFI