Between the frigid conditions and difficulty with adhesion and foam quality, applying spray foam insulation in the winter can be a difficult endeavor. While it might be difficult to do, applying foam in the winter is still possible with the right tools and conditions. Here are some tips for applying spray foam insulation that you’ll need for taking on cold-weather jobs.
Heat the Room
Naturally, cold weather will also lead to cold working conditions and materials. Building materials such as metals, concrete, and even wood can become cold to the touch, making spray foam application more difficult and less effective in some cases. Certain foams like closed-cell foam may have adhesion issues when contractors apply it to cold materials. For this reason, it’s recommended to heat the room or space that you plan to spray. Use heaters to bring the space to a more neutral temperature to allow spray foam to stick. Just make sure the area has suitable ventilation to promote safety and keep moisture levels down.
Control Your Material Temperature
It’s important to control the temperature of your spray foam materials as much as the temperature of your environment. There are several ways to keep your spray foam mixing materials at a consistent temperature. This is why drum heaters are a must-have spray foam kit accessory for contractors working in the wintry-weather seasons. Drum heaters, hose insulation and covers, mixers, and more can help promote consistent mixing conditions. This helps your spray foam mixture stay consistent and maintain the proper ratio. High-quality spray foam mixtures are easier to apply and last longer, leading to better spray foam jobs.
Keep Yourself Warm
You can’t have a successful spray foam installation if you, as the contractor, are freezing the entire session. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather before your wintertime spray foam jobs while also observing the proper PPE guidelines. This might include wearing a coat or jacket underneath your protective suit. Dressing in layers is helpful for any type of outdoor work during the cold weather seasons. You should also bring warm headwear—just make sure it doesn’t obstruct your protective goggles, respirator, or mask. Staying comfortable while on the job will ensure that you’re not rushing the process or applying a shaky, uneven layer of foam.
When applying spray foam in the winter, it’s important to have the right tools and knowledge for the job. Remember these tips for applying spray foam insulation in the cold weather for your next job this winter.