Uniformly installing insulation is the best method for controlling high cooling and heating costs. In Washington, Energy Star recommends R38 to R60 for attics, and R25 to R30 for floors. While there are many different insulation types capable of providing these R-values – the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat flow – spray polyurethane foam (SPF) has the bonus of simultaneously sealing air leaks.
Spray polyurethane foam is available in two types, open-cell and closed-cell, both of which offer a highly effective solution for improving the efficiency and comfort of your home. SPF must be professionally installed to ensure optimal performance. Aside from insulating and air sealing, there are several alternative uses for spray polyurethane foam, including for much smaller jobs around the house.
Here are three alternative uses for spray polyurethane foam.
Alternative Uses for Spray Polyurethane Foam
Water supply lines, if not firmly anchored, can create a racket when in use. This may be especially noticeable in the kitchen or bathroom. To mute the noise, pick up a can or two of spray foam insulation and following manufacturer’s instructions, apply the foam around the pipes where they intersect the floor joists.
Firm Up a Wobbler
To secure a loose showerhead, inject expanding foam around its arm, ensuring it’s firmly fixed in place. Once the foam has cured, usually between five and 60 minutes, use a detail knife or box cutter to trim up any excess. You can then slide the shower arm flange back up so it’s flush with the wall.
Raise Up Your Garden
Building a backyard waterfall? Secure boulders, river rock or other landscape rock using waterproof spray polyurethane foam, found at most any home improvement or landscaping supply store. Pinterest has some excellent ideas for making faux rocks using waterproof SPF as well.
Ready to Install SPF?
Carrig and Dancer is a full-service energy conservation contractor who has been providing residential and commercial insulation services throughout Washington since 1982. Other services offered include, but are not limited to, soundproofing and replacement windows. For more information about these and other energy-saving services, please contact us at (253) 584-7704, or at any one of these other locations.