Washington -- The US spray foam coalition is publicizing a series of tips to home owners who are considering having spray-foam insulation installed.
"Spray polyurethane foam can help homeowners keep their houses cooler during the summer because it resists the transfer of heat very well, but installing SPF is not a DIY project," said Peter Davis, chair of the Spray Foam Coalition.
"It's important for homeowners to select a professional contractor who can educate them on the product, installation process and industry best practices for building occupants and workers who apply SPF," he adds.
The Spray Foam Coalition offers the following tips for consumers to consider when selecting a professional SPF contractor: including a visit to the of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), which lists contractors by area, and the of the Insulation Contractors Association of America, which lists contractors by product and service.
Additionally, homeowners are advised to use properly trained contractors with appropriate experience, training, insurance and licenses. It is also helpful to request that a contractor provide customer references.
Homeowners and contractors should discuss in detail what to expect during the installation process the need for mechanical ventilation during and after SPF installation; safety best practices; and how long people and pets need to remain out of the home or building after the process is over.
Homeowners should also ask the about the product's curing time and safety practices, such as how the contractor plans to isolate and mark off the work area, and when it is safe to re-enter the space.