Dec 05, 2019

Five Myths About Spray Foam Insulation You Shouldn’t Believe

Spray foam is a mixture of resin and chemicals, such as polyurethane and isocyanates.  As the name suggests, this type of insulation is applied through a spraying method.  As the insulation is sprayed onto a surface, it spreads to fill the entire area.  Having been in business for over 40 years, we’ve had the opportunity to inspect countless attics and discuss insulation services and solutions with numerous homeowners.  At times, the working knowledge our insulation contractors take for granted is not always understood by homeowners.  Here are some of the most widely misunderstood facts about spray foam insulation.

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Myth: Over time, the spray foam insulation will shrink.

Homeowners that believe this misnomer often know someone that’s had a rookie install spray foam.  When high quality spray foam insulation is applied in a proper manner, there should be no concern of the material shrinking.  However, if the chemical components were not properly mixed, the temperature of the foam in the truck was incorrect or the humidity levels during installation were outside of the correct parameters, shrinking can ensue.

Myth: Spray foam attic insulation can’t be installed in the winter.

Although spray foam has temperature provisions, it can be installed year-round.  In instances where an attic’s air temperature is cooler than permissible, spray foam installers can use space heaters in the attic to correct the air temperature.  Spraying foam insulation in too cold of temperatures means that it will not adhere to the wood as it should.

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Myth: Spraying foam insulation does a poor job because it is thinner than fiberglass batts.

This one makes us cringe because it couldn’t be any further from the truth.  For fiberglass batt insulation to achieve the same R-value as spray foam insulation, much more is needed.  If an insulation contractor doesn’t take the time to custom cut fiberglass insulation to accommodate electrical outlets, it’s likely that heat loss is taking place in an attic, as these penetrations cannot be covered.

Learn more about reasons to shy away from fiberglass insulation.

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Myth: The scent of insulation spray foam is long-lasting.

Upon installation, spraying foam insulation will have a pungent odor.  This is part of the reason installers wear respirators and homeowners are required to leave overnight.  However, once the spray foam cures, there should be no persistent odors.

Myth: The cost of spray foam insulation is too expensive.

When compared with fiberglass batt insulation, spray foam insulation will have a steeper price tag.  However, spray foam does a substantially better job at eliminating gaps that fiberglass is notorious for missing.  This creates a more energy efficient home, which results in lower heating and cooling costs.

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"Thanks again for the great job on the spray foam."

Todd B.
Plymouth, MN
August 26, 2022

"Thank you for going above and beyond the call of duty to help me out.  Your expertise made all the difference in helping me resolve my house projects!"

Patricia M.
Bloomington, MN
August 19, 2022

"We hired Lindus for attic insulation and new LeafGuard® Gutters. We had an issue arise a couple years after the work was completed. I called Lindus and had no problem scheduling someone to review and create a plan. Randal has worked diligently to get to the bottom of the problem and fix it permanently. The company truly does stand by their product, a claim that is not always realized, but with Lindus has proven to be true. I am so appreciative and would recommend them to anyone."

Sarah W.
Edina, MN
May 30, 2022

“Thank you to the entire team for the outstanding job on the insulation job of my 100-year-old home!  Eric took the time to walk me through the entire process and even came back a second time to sort out venting questions.  Project manager, Randall, made sure the insulation installed met your quality standards.  Every member of your team worked very hard and didn’t end their day until the job was done right.  I look forward to energy savings and no critters in my attic!”

Pat M.
Bloomington, MN
July 26, 2022

"Eric is great. We used him on my mom’s house for several projects: new doors, windows, re-insulating the inside of the roof in upstairs bedrooms, tearing down & rebuilding the garage. My sister also used Eric to install LeafGuard® on her own house, build her a new deck, and install a metal roof. We recently had a meeting to discuss building a new deck for me, to replace the old one. We will be using no-maintenance materials, so no more sanding, staining, painting."

James N.
Minneapolis, MN
July 20, 2022

"We used Lindus for a rather complicated attic re-insulation project. They are highly competent and do great work!"

Leon P.
White Bear Lake, MN
July 16, 2022
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