DIY projects, and redoing your whole home yourself has become a huge trend. Renovation ideas and projects are everywhere, whether it’s on HGTV, Pinterest, Instagram, in a magazine, or seeing a neighbor/ family member do it. Everyone wants to channel their inner Joanna Gaines, but there are just some jobs that shouldn’t be done yourself. You might have to call in the experts when it comes to some aspects of home renovations.
While you can probably get away with painting your own house or unclogging your own toilet, there are certain things that need to be left up to the professionals, and insulation installation is definitely one of them. By calling on us as your experienced insulation contractor, you can stay away from these common DIY spray foam insulation mistakes:
Mistake #1. Improper Safety Equipment:
As a homeowner, who isn’t experienced in the field, you might not realize that installing spray foam is actually very dangerous. If you don’t wear the proper protection, then you can end up with irritated lungs and skin. Wearing the proper safety equipment for insulation foam isn’t optional. Sadly many home DIYers don’t realize this and will not protect themselves properly when installing spray foam insulation.
Mistake #2. Focusing on R-Value alone:
In case you weren’t in with the insulation lingo, R–value is the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat flow. The higher the r-value, the greater the insulating power. Even though considering the proper R-value when choosing the right insulation for your home is essential, it isnt the only factor to consider. A huge reason to instal insulation in the first place is to prevent air leaks, and you may be shocked to learn that R-Value actually has nothing to do with the ability to prevent air leaks. So yes consider the R-Value, but you also need to think about the resistance to mold, moisture, pests and air leaks.
Mistake #3. Using the same kind of insulation in every part of your home:
You may not realize the closed-cell and open-cells are not the same. Both closed-cell and open-cell are actually unique, and each option has its own pros and cons. It is also important to consider that both of these options each have their own specific uses. For example, closed-cell spray foam is ideal for cold floors and metal buildings, whereas open-cell spray foam is ideal for home insulation and sound rooms.
Mistake #4. Guessing how much insulation you need:
Unless you install insulation regularly then you probably won’t be able to accurately guess how much insulation you’re going to need. This can leave you with inadequate coverage. Only a spray foam insulation contractor who has experience and expertise will be able to create an accurate estimate on how much insulation you’ll need.
Although we’ve gone over several costly mistakes that are common with DIY insulation installations, you should know that there are many more you could avoid by hiring a professional. Get your insulation installation done right the first time by contacting Superior Insulation Services.
Making smart decisions about your home can have a big effect on your utility bills and your comfort. Start the process by scheduling a free Energy Consultation with Superior Insulation Services a division of Superior Improvements Group.