Hmmm, Lots of Damage Control Going On Among The SPF Companies Lately

Perhaps it’s the warmer weather and people who have not used their AC since their foam was installed are now smelling it for the first time? Whatever it is, people are coming out of the woodwork! I am sorry to hear of so many people having odor issues and headaches, rashes, eye, throat, chest irritation, but it reminds me that all of these blogs and resources that we have poured our time and energy into are helping others navigate their way through this uncharted territory.
If you think you may have an issue with your spray foam, contact me.

4 thoughts on “Hmmm, Lots of Damage Control Going On Among The SPF Companies Lately

  1. I am about ready to use spray foam. What is going on with this product? I have never heard about any problems with it. Until I came across this little blurb.

    • You will get a great R value, but you do not know what else you will get. In chemistry class, remember doing your HCL solution…well if you did not get EVERYTHING right, remember what would happen?!? Now think of this in your home (x’s a lot of chemicals) that may or may not be on ratio, correct temp, calibrated hose, education of installer and ect.
      Lots is left up to chance. Do your research and read beyond the marketing of SPF being “green”.

  2. A lot of what has to do with the problems of “smell” or odor homeowners encounter is due to undereducated/willingly-ignorant installers who are improperly installing foam. Charred foam, or foam that is installed at too high of a temperature will have a horrible odor that will never fully go away. A small area is bad, but happens on rare occasion, with a properly trained and certified installer.

    The company I formerly worked for used a SPF from North Carolina Foam Industries, or NCFI. NCFI is a supplier of SPF to NASA, and one of the best in the world. My former boss, business owner/creator, and Father, was highly educated by NCFI staff as to the proper use and installation of SPF, which he passed much of to me. Before the business was sadly closed abrubtly by the new owner, I was about to take NCFI’s Installer certification test, only available for those who have installed 50+ “sets” of their Gold Star line, which is equal to roughly 5,500+ gallons of chemical.

    I say all of this so that when I say that my experience is competent, what I say next is not questioned.

    99% of insulation issues with SPF is due to bad installation from people out to make a dollar figure above building quality relationships with people, acting in integrity and taking pride in their profession.
    Properly installed SPF is safe, is harmless, and in the roof deck alone will generally pay for its self in less than 10 years, often in 7 or less…

    Find a reputable, qualified company with Foam as the main product and service, and get an estimate… You will not regret it…

  3. One other quick piece of advice to add- a quality, professional installation company will “condition” their foam, or keep it in controlled temperature environments up to the point of installation. If you’re wondering what level of installers you’re dealing with, ask them if they condition their chemical. If they reply with a quick “yes”, then promptly ask them what the manufacturer recommended temperature range is… NCFI’s products that we used were recommended at 60-80 degrees conditioning range. Your Installer should without question know the answer to that question.

    If they do not condition their chemical,, do NOT utilize their services unless you have absolutely no other choice. It is VERY likely that they chemical will not be “up to par”, and therefore, neither will the foam…

    Thank you for your time!