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Ways To Promote Indoor Air Quality When Installing Spray Foam

There are a lot of reasons to choose Spray-On Foam & Coatings for your business insulation in Vancouver. One is the quality of the work we do — backed not just by science but by our nearly 50 years of experience. Another reason is our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our employees and the people of the community in which we live and work.

Clients and others are naturally interested in the process of spray foam insulation and its application. A question that pops up from time to time regarding this subject: What are some ways to promote indoor air quality when installing spray foam?

Before answering, let’s take a step back.

Our Process

There are essentially two ways to promote indoor air quality when installing spray foam: protective equipment and proper ventilation.

First, there are standard practices, methods, and procedures that installers must adhere to in order to ensure that both they and the client are protected from adverse health effects. For example, we dress our installers in protective gear and restrict the work areas to those wearing personal protective equipment, including respirators.

Second, occupational exposure to the product is limited, and the occupational safety and health of everyone involved is our top priority. If it wasn’t, we wouldn’t have been in business for as long as we have!

Long story short: When you hire Spray-On Foam & Coatings, you can be certain that you and your employees will not be exposed to toxic chemicals, volatile organic compounds, or anything else to worry about regarding our insulation products.

Installation and Ventilation

Still, we understand why there might be some concern for people who — unlike the insulation experts at Spray-On Foam & Coatings — aren’t around spray foam as often as we are. That’s why we put together this short list of the ways in which we promote indoor air quality when installing spray foam.

Aside from wearing proper protective equipment, our installation process includes an emphasis on ventilation. In some structures, stale air becomes trapped if rooms aren’t properly ventilated. One of the reasons that spray foam is such a good insulator is because it expands to fill every nook and cranny of the area being insulated. But that same expansion can sometimes shut off vents that would otherwise help release any off-gassing.


In our applications, there are no blowing agents such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) or hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). Plus, our foam doesn’t contain any formaldehyde.

Our products are light density; although installation will create some off-gassing, our air ventilation procedures ensure that the air is ejected into the outdoor air.

Finally, the curing time on our insulation product is extraordinarily fast. In fact, the foam cures (or sets) within just a few seconds. Once that process is complete, there is no longer any off-gassing.

Consider spray-foam to be lifetime insulation for your business. You’ll notice the difference versus more traditional insulation right away; you’ll be saving energy, leading to lower utility bills, while enjoying higher levels of comfort during extreme temperature fluctuations.

We apply spray foam insulation by combining two liquid components and then spraying the mixture into open wall and crawl spaces, as well as on ceiling surfaces and cathedral ceilings. The mixture then expands and fills up those spaces, and we set an appropriate ventilation rate that ensures you won’t have indoor air pollutants in living spaces.

Spray-On Foam & Coatings

Rest assured that your property will still be functional — and comfortable! — after Spray-On Foam & Coatings has installed your new insulation. Our foam has a Class 1-Hour Fire Rating, and rodents don’t like it because it doesn’t provide a source of food or nesting materials.

And it insulates your property better than traditional applications while protecting the health of building occupants.

Contact Spray-On Foam & Coating with any questions or concerns or for a free estimate.

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