Anyone used closed-cell spray-on foam insulation?

Anyone used closed-cell spray-on foam insulation?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed Sep 24, 2008 5:51 pm

http://www.sprayfoaminsulate.com/

Been researching this stuff lately - I'm pretty much sold on it, but would like some real-world experiences posted (if there are any).

It's pretty pricey (DIY kits are over $600 for 600 board-feet coverage :shock: ), but from what I've read & based on my experience with the stuff, it looks to be the only option for my old house -- and a damn good one too! R-7 per inch! :shock:
SMITTY
 
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Re: Anyone used closed-cell spray-on foam insulation?

PostBy: Freddy On: Wed Sep 24, 2008 5:59 pm

Is that the stuff that is quite stiff after it's cured? Or is it the new fangled stuff that's very soft, like maragaine that you over fill the studs a tiny bit & scrape it flat?

Geepers! At $1 a board foot, that's $31 for a 2" by 24" by 8 foot "sheet". About twice the cost of bying premade panels.

Years and years ago I made a camper from a Ford van. I had the inside walls & roof sprayed with the yellow stiff stuff. It was great! It quieted it down like you wouldn't believe and the heat & AC worked far easier.
Freddy
 
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Re: Anyone used closed-cell spray-on foam insulation?

PostBy: Dallas On: Wed Sep 24, 2008 6:03 pm

I used it on my field stone foundation. I believe, mine was the Foamo Foam with flame retardant http://www.fomofoam.com/.

I think, it worked real good to reduce cold and dampness associated with the field stone. I didn't apply it as heavy toward the bottom, as it was claimed, the old foundations depended somewhat on heat getting out to prevent frost from pushing the foundation. You can see some of my foundation insulation on the links below of the "coal bin" or the "return air".
Dallas
 
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Re: Anyone used closed-cell spray-on foam insulation?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed Sep 24, 2008 6:05 pm

Yeah Freddy, that's the stuff -- and just like you said, it quiets things down inside too. It also will fix all my air leaks, which is a major part of my heat loss in this house.

I'm hoping to get the same results in here that you got on your Ford! :)
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Anyone used closed-cell spray-on foam insulation?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed Sep 24, 2008 6:10 pm

Thanks Dallas -- great info!

I'm trying to decide if it's cheaper to have someone do the whole upstairs or to buy the DIY kit -- My instinct tells me it's never cheaper to have someone do anything! :lol:
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Anyone used closed-cell spray-on foam insulation?

PostBy: Dallas On: Wed Sep 24, 2008 6:16 pm

It was a very simple application in the basement. There is no odor, but the stuff is sticky! They supply, both round pattern and fan pattern nozzles, which must be changed in the event of any time lapse in spraying. I think, the round pattern would do a better appearing job, as the fan tends to leave "lap marks/ridges".
Dallas
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Modified Russo C-35
Other Heating: Oil Hot Air
Stove/Furnace Make: Russo
Stove/Furnace Model: Modified C-35

Re: Anyone used closed-cell spray-on foam insulation?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed Sep 24, 2008 6:34 pm

Sounds like it's very similar - if not identical - to the red canned foam at Home Depot. I got that stuff all over my hands trying to clean out the plastic nozzle (so I could use it again later) & gasoline wouldn't even take it off!! :lol:
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Anyone used closed-cell spray-on foam insulation?

PostBy: Dallas On: Wed Sep 24, 2008 6:38 pm

Yes, it is very similar to the "Great Stuff". I used some of that, when installing the coal chute, to cover the bare stone and to seat the coal chute.
Dallas
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Modified Russo C-35
Other Heating: Oil Hot Air
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Stove/Furnace Model: Modified C-35

Re: Anyone used closed-cell spray-on foam insulation?

PostBy: chemung On: Thu Sep 25, 2008 8:45 am

SMITTY wrote:Sounds like it's very similar - if not identical - to the red canned foam at Home Depot. I


I just used some of the Home Depot stuff to hide the rust hole in my 11 year old Olds minivan. State inspection time again. 135,000 mi. and running strong.

:)
chemung
 

Re: Anyone used closed-cell spray-on foam insulation?

PostBy: WNY On: Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:19 am

It does seal up tight, by boss had his NEW house done with it, and already has a mold problem, it's TOO TIGHT.
No air flow in or out. Just becareful and make sure you have some type of ventalation for moisture or a fresh air exchanger.
WNY
 
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Re: Anyone used closed-cell spray-on foam insulation?

PostBy: Steve.N On: Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:37 am

I have worked on a couple of houses that have had the spray foam applied and the only draw back that I saw was the tenacy for the foam to shrink and leave air spaces behind the coating. The other thing is that the foam covers all the wiring and plumbing runs so it is hard to trace wires and pipes if you ever need to.
Steve.N
 
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