What Are The Steps?
Whether you are building a new home, new pole barn or machine shop, or retrofitting an existing structure there are multiple steps to the spray foam application process.
First an estimate will be provided to the customer outlining the area to be spray foam and what type of spray foam insulation will be applied to the substrate. Options are discussed with customers to determine which type of spray foam insulation is best suited for their needs. In many instances, generating an estimate for a machine shop or pole barn can be done over the phone. Estimates are typically emailed to customers, however if requested a copy can be mailed to the customer at their request. Once the contract is agreed upon by the customer and Midwest Professional Foam Insulation, LLC we will schedule the dates and times when we will arrive to apply spray foam insulation. Midwest Professional Foam Insulation, LLC typically requires 50% down to secure the estimate and we begin work at an agreed upon date and time with the customer. In new construction applications, it is important to have plumbing and electrical wires installed and inspected prior to the application of the spray foam since the foam will encapsulate these. Any objects that prohibit the movement of the installers need to be removed prior to the arrival of our crews.
Upon our arrival we will conduct a walk through inspection of the structure and begin placing plastic and masking tape on the floors, windows, doors, etc. It is important to remember that spray polyurethane foam insulation is an air sealing product and will fill any voids in walls, attics, rim joists, etc. Midwest Professional Foam Insulation, LLC makes every attempt to identify these voids but there is always the possibility that spray foam insulation will appear on the outside of the structure as it expands and seals the home. Once this preparation process is completed a certified applicator will apply spray foam to the area(s) agreed upon. It is important during this time, that no other contractors or individuals are present in the structure to limit any exposure to chemicals during this application process. During the application of spray foam insulation there is a chemical reaction which occurs between the Isocyanate and the Resin, which when combined at the proper temperature create polyurethane foam. Spray Foam applicators wear fresh air supplied masks for the application of spray foam insulation as during this initial application process it is important not to inhale these vapors created by the spray foam reaction. Any chemical odors present during this time, will dissipate within a few hours after the application of spray foam insulation. The use of fans and proper venting to the area where spray foam insulation was applied to will assist in providing fresh air into the home. The amount of time to apply spray foam insulation varies from job to job and depends on the amount of square footage being covered as well as the conditions it is being applied in. For example applying spray foam insulation to a small crawlspace may not have as much square footage but due to the tight quarters in crawl space areas it is difficult for the applicator to move easily in these areas. Application of spray foam insulation to the rim joist of a home may only take 45 minutes to 1 hour from start to finish. If you have any questions about the amount of time it takes to apply spray foam, please ask so we can keep you informed on each and every step of the process. Upon completion of the application of spray foam, Midwest Professional Foam Insulation employees will remove all plastic and drop clothes which were used and clean up any remnants of spray foam insulation. Midwest Professional Foam Insulation employees make sure to take every step to leave the home or building as clean, if not cleaner than when we arrived.