Spray Foam Over Expansion Problems Be Gone

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Shannon from Our Homes Magazine wrote an entertaining post about her experience caulking and insulating her home. “One of my obsessions is caulking and insulating.”

spray foam overexpansion Spray Foam Over Expansion Problems Be GoneIn her attempt to keep mice from scurring about her home, she “went to town” with spray foam and caulking filling every hole in sight. Shannon often experienced problems with the spray foam products she was using when she overfilled the space and created twice as much work with trimming excess foam insulation.

“Despite having been told I am not allowed to go near anything with spray foam,  I filled all the cracks between the floor and the wall of our drafty bedroom. I used a new product, ArcticFoam Products, it filled the cracks and didn’t over expand! Much to my husband’s chagrin, the room is much less drafty.”

Shannon kept up the momentum and decided to move onto the sunroom with ArcticFoam. “We decided to give the Arctic Foam another shot and used it all around our new windows and doors.  It worked perfectly, barely any work trimming the excess and the room is toasty except for the coldest of days. ”

Thank you Shannon for your giving homeowners (and contactors!) hope that spray foam doesn’t have to be messy and troublesome. We look forward to hear about where you go next on your insulation adventure!

If you can relate to Shannon in your “insulation obsession” or currently have/have had trouble with spray foam, please contact us about writing your own story using ArcticFoam.

The Energy Efficient Benefits of Weatherstripping Windows and Doors

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Sealing and insulating the openings of your home (including windows, doors, vents) is one is of the most economical options to lower your energy bills, improve energy efficiency, and maintain indoor air quality.

A skilled contractor or educated homeowner can save 10-20% in energy costs by weatherstripping your windows and doors.

foam sealant 300x191 The Energy Efficient Benefits of Weatherstripping Windows and DoorsHomeowners and contractors most commonly seal air and water leaks in window and doors. But there are many hidden leaks throughout the home that are letting the heat pass though.

Weatherstripping Windows and Doors

When sealing air drafts, you can install weather strips, caulking or apply spray foam sealants to the best result. When looking at spray foam sealants, there are a few things you want to consider. Click here to read the full article on weatherstripping windows and doors at eiei home.

Interested in powerful, long-last seal for your windows and doors. Visit our website for more information on our spray foam sealants for weatherstripping window and doors.

Using Spray Foam to Seal Doors

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door window straw Using Spray Foam to Seal DoorsWhen sealing air drafts coming from exterior doors, you can install weatherstripping strips or quickly apply spray foam sealants to the desired thickness. Apply a thick layer of foam if you can see light coming through your door during the day. Apply a thinner strip of spray foam if the door already closes tightly.

Apply spray foam strips where you feel a draft. The best place to apply the spray foam is along the inside of the door jam to make it less noticeable.

Read the applicable foam instruction guide for the dispensing foam spray product, which are included with each product. Door crevice must be clean, firm, free of loose particles and free of dust, grease and mold release agents and similar material. Protect the door surface that is not to be foamed.

If foam adhesive does get on the door, use a solvent such as acetone (nail polish remover), or scrubbing with soap and water. Or ArcticFoam Product’s specially formulated spray foam cleaner. Dissolved uncured foam in seconds!

Benefits of ArcticFoam™ Spray Foam for Weather Stripping

  • Water resistant
  • Fire retardant
  • UV-protected
  • Expands and contracts to 100% fill cracks and holes
  • ULC Tested
  • Environmentally friendly
  • High insulation R-value
  • UL Class 1 for caulks and sealants

Why ArcticFoam™ Products?

ArcticFoam™ is a patented low pressure closed-cell spray foam. The closed-cell spray formulation makes the foam insulation more resistant to moisture infiltration, therefore increasing the value and longevity of the insulation. Foam pressure during and after expansion is the main cause of bowing problems.

This low pressure spray foam (less than 2 psig) will not bow windows like other foams exerting approximately 7-8 psig. ArcticFoam™ exerts about 85% less pressure than traditional polyurethane foams.

Weatherstripping Windows and Doors with Spray Foam

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Sealing and insulating the openings of your home (including windows, doors, vents) is one is of the most economical options to lower your energy bills, improve energy efficiency, and maintain indoor air quality. A skilled contractor or educated homeowner can save 10-20% by sealing your home.

door window straw Weatherstripping Windows and Doors with Spray FoamBenefits of Using Spray Foam for Weather Stripping:

  • Keep the bugs, insects and ants out
  • Improve indoor air quality
  • Reduce allergens like dust, pollen, and mold
  • Better heating, cooling, and humidity control
  • Eliminate air drafts, water leaks, and mildew build-up

Homeowners and contractors most commonly seal air and water leaks in window and doors. But there are many hidden leaks throughout the home that are letting the heat pass though. Examine your attic, crawlspaces, basements, and garage vents for hidden cracks.

Where to look for air leaks?

  • Along penetrations (exhaust fans, chimney, vents, ducts)
  • Air leaks in the attic
  • Along major air passages
  • Small holes in wiring passes
  • Around windows and doors
  • Beside electrical outlets
  • Holes or cracks in plumbing pipes

Before applying foam sealants, clean the area and dry completely to allow for best adhesion. Apply the appropriate thickness based on the size of the air leakage. Allow a curing time of 5 minutes to dry tack-free, fully hardened in one hour, and completley cure in 24 hours depending on moisture and temperature conditions.

If you require a product for weather stripping your windows or doors, ArcticFoam Products has a complete line of water resistant window and door sealants to provide a permanent seal. Do it once and do it right.