Team Engineering recently participated in an educational training session performed by Spray Foam Distributors of New England, Inc. As a design company, Team Engineering often specifies spray foam insulation as a great alternative, or in addition, to fiberglass or cellulose insulation. It stops air and moisture intrusion into the building, which also helps to prevent mold and water damage. The foam insulation provides higher R-values compared to other types of insulation (i.e. fiberglass) and will significantly reduce your energy bills.
Like any building component, proper installation is important to the proper performance of the insulation. Installation of spray foam requires trained professionals and specific protocol from the foam manufacturer. This is not a do-it-yourself project. When issues arise with spray foam, it’s almost always a result of improper installation and can be expensive to fix.
From our educational session, we’ve expanded our knowledge in understanding how to identify spray foam that was installed improperly. Some signs include inconsistent color of the foam, the smell or the appearance of the finished product, and the general plumbness of the final result. If you have concerns with your existing insulation or thinking about a new one, contact Team Engineering for our expert advice.