The insulation industry is extremely competitive with product manufacturers claiming to have the superior offering. Unfortunately, there is some misinformation about spray foam that we’d like to put right today. Keep reading as we reveal 8 myths about spray foam insulation and the truth behind them.

Myth 1: Spray foam insulation is too expensive.

Spray foam does have a higher up-front cost compared to fibreglass batts. But it’s also a superior product that insulates more effectively. Better results in lowering cooling and heating bills save you significantly more money over time than the initial investment.

Myth 2: The chemicals used are dangerous

While spray foam is made by mixing chemicals like isocyanates and polyurethane, it is only a potential risk during installation. Once it sets, the finished product is completely safe. Thankfully, if you’re in the Perth area, you can take advantage of our 25 years of experience working with spray foam. We can safely insulate your home with zero potential for health risk.

Myth 3: Foam insulation shrinks over time

Foam insulation can indeed shrink over time. That is if it’s installed by a first-timer lacking experience. Factors like incorrectly mixing chemicals and installing in the wrong weather conditions can impact the longevity of foam. When applied the right way, you’ll never have shrinkage issues. Check out some of our testimonials from real customers who are enjoying the benefits of our insulation services.

Myth 4: The foam has an unpleasant smell

No doubt, this myth began because there is an odour during application. But once the foam cures, you’ll find the smell disappears. We wouldn’t still be in business if our customers were left with a smelly house after each job!

Myth 5: Spray foam is just a cavity insulation

It is important to understand there are different types of spray foam. Open-cell foam is excellent for sealing areas that batts and other traditional products struggle with. However, closed-cell foam provides a superior R-value and is suitable for more than just cavities. It is perfectly suited to small houses through to large-scale storage warehouses.

Myth 6: The insulation causes damage

We have heard stories of damage to pipes and wiring in the wall cavity due to spray foam. Once again, this is the result of inexperienced installation providers. We stand behind the quality of our work and won’t cause any damage.

Myth 7: Future wiring is impossible with foam insulation

Some people have a misconception that foam is rigid and won’t allow future wiring to be added. In fact, pushing a wire through open-cell foam is easy and it’s also possible to cut out a small section of foam if needed.

Myth 8: Closed-cell foam is superior to open-cell

Closed-cell foam has a superior R-value when compared to open-cell. However, each variety has its pros and cons which should be considered in any project. We work with open and closed-cell polyurethane foam and can explain which option is best for your next project.

Summing up

Over time, it’s only natural for a few myths to circulate about innovative insulation products like spray foam. We decided to address some of these misconceptions to help you get accurate information rather than myths.

Keep in mind that most of the “pitfalls” you hear relating to spray foam are simply the result of inexperienced companies getting it wrong. Here at Tate’s, we’re proud to have a long history of satisfied customers and we’d love to add you to the list. Contact us today and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about our spray foam insulation service.