|Frequently Asked Questions|
- What makes ArcticFoam™ Products different than competing spray foams?
ArcticFoam™ Products is a patented low pressure closed-cell spray foam. The closed-cell spray formulation makes the foam more resistant to moisture infiltration, therefore increasing the value and longevity of the product.
Foam pressure during and after expansion is the main cause of bowing problems. This low pressure spray foam (less than 2 psig) will not bow windows like other foams exerting approximately 7-8 psig. Arctic Foam exerts about 85% less pressure than traditional polyurethane foams.
- What are the benefits of sealing with spray foam?
Whether you doing home improvements and building new, spray foam is a convenient and dependable solution to providing sufficient weather protection. Spray foam is one of the best green building products available, made with renewable materials and provide energy efficiency.
- Reduce heating and cooling bills: Heating and cooling costs are dramatically reduced with sufficient air sealing as the heating and cooling units don’t need to work as hard to keep the house at a comfortable temperature.
- Block drafts and prevent water leaks: Spray foam is designed to expand into gaps creating a tight seal to block drafts and prevent water leaks.
- Seal out bugs and insects: If water and air can’t get it, neither can those pesty bugs.
- Prevent mold and mildew problems: The expanding properties of spray foam keep the water out preventing mold and mildew out.
- DIY: Safe and easy to use install yourself – save on labour costs!
- What are the common uses for spray foam?
Spray foam is extremely versatile and can be used for interior or exterior air sealing. Any open airways or open/closed wall gaps can be sealed and filled with spray foam for an air-tight seal.
- insulate attic walls and ceiling
- insulate basement and interior walls
- weather strip windows and doors
- seal around vents and pipes
- fill gaps and cracks
Spray foam adds strength and rigidity to your house, making it stronger than other types of air sealants. Walls are stronger and thicker also safeguarding against hurricanes or other extreme weather conditions.
- How long does spray foam last?
Spray foam is made out of an inert polymer, which is designed to have an infinite lifespan. It is a very popular product for home air sealing, and has been around for more than 30 years.
- Where to find spray foam installation and application instructions?
- What is the difference between the “gun” and “straw” spray foam?
ArcticFoam™ is available in a spray foam can with a straw applicator and spray foam can to be used with a spray foam gun. Both spray foam products are pressurized to apply spray foam in bead form which expands and cures in crevices slowly over several hours. The straw adapter is specifically designed to fit small cavities on flat or irregular surfaces.
- What is the curing time for ArcticFoam™ spray?
ArcticFoam™ Products “The Insulator”, Gap Filler Pro Series dries tack-free in approximately 5 minutes, is cuttable in one hour and fully cures within 24 hours depending on moisture and temperature conditions.
- How and where to store spray foam?
Store in a cool, dry place. Ideal storage temperature is 60°F to 80°F (15.5°C to 26.6°C). Storage above 90°F (32.2°C) will shorten the shelf life. Storage below 55°F (12.7°C) may affect foam quality if chemicals are not warmed before using.
Since the containers are pressurized, storage temperature should not exceed 120°F (49°C) in order to avoid excessive pressure build-up and possible container rupture.
- How to remove spray foam from skin?
Spray foam products have strong adhesive-like characteristics and will adhere aggressively to skin and other surfaces. If accidental contact occurs, follow the appropriate first-aid procedures.
Skin Contact: Use a rag to remove excess foam from skin and remove contaminated clothing. Use of a solvent, such as acetone (nail polish remover) or mineral spirits, may help in removing uncured foam residue from clothing or other surfaces. Cured foam may be physically removed by persistent washing with soap and water. If irritation develops, use mild skin cream. If irritation persists, obtain medical attention.
Inhalation: If breathing difficulty is experienced, move to area free of exposure.
Eye Contact: Flush with clean water for at least 15 minutes and obtain medical attention. Ingestion: Drink 1 to 3 glasses of water and seek immediate medical attention.