Some jobs should never be Do It Yourself.
Many homeowners like to do as much as they can themselves. 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 in Connecticut, you can stay away from these common DIY spray foam insulation mistakes:
Mistake #1. Foregoing the proper safety equipment.
Believe it or not, installing spray foam can actually be very dangerous. If you don’t wear the proper protection, you could end up with irritated lungs and skin. Proper safety equipment isn’t optional when installing spray foam insulation, and unfortunately, most DIYers don’t protect themselves acceptably.
Mistake #2. Focusing on R-Value alone.
While you should always consider R-Value when choosing the right type of insulation for your home, it isn’t the only thing you should consider. One of the biggest reasons for installing insulation in the first place is to prevent air leaks, and you may be stunned to learn that R-Value actually has nothing to do with the ability to prevent air leaks. In addition to R-Value, you also need to consider resistance to mold, moisture, pests and air leaks.
Mistake #3. Using the same kind of insulation in every part of your home.
Both closed-cell and open-cell are unique, and each option has its own pros and cons. It’s also important to note that both of these options 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 about home much insulation you’re going to need.
Unless you regularly install insulation, you probably don’t have the experience 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 make an accurate estimate about 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 CT Retrofit today!