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We believe that Walltite Eco® is the most environmentally-friendly 2lb foam on the market. Walltite Eco® is the only polyurethane foam to receive the EcoLogo®. Walltite Eco® not only uses recycled materials, but also a non-edible seed that is easily converted to be used in the resin. We feel this is better than using a soy seed for two reasons. First, it does not take food out of the food chain. Secondly, soy is difficult to convert to a usable product, and for the time it takes and fossil fuels used to convert it, more energy is wasted than gained. Don’t be confused by the ‘green washing’ different companies employ. Pick the only medium density spray foam insulation that has received the EcoLogo®, one of the most widely recognized environmental certifications in North America.
Yes, they will. We work with companies that will evaluate your home before and after construction, giving you an energy audit. Depending on the extent your renovations, the more rebates you can get back. With the current federal government, the process is simple to follow – with fixed amounts of money based on what you do. Visit our links page to explore spray foam insulation subsidies and rebates; or ask us during our on site visit how the provincial and federal government can help with your insulation costs.
No, it cannot. There are other products on the market that can be poured in, but your wall cavity would have to be completely clear of any debris or types of insulation to work. To get the best result, the wall cavity would have to be opened up (ie, drywall completely removed, or have the siding and sheeting removed from the exterior) and spray foam insulation applied. Beyond Foam has insulated many successful retro-fit projects with character homes and renovation jobs. Some of these projects have been tested for energy rebates from our government, resulting in cash back to the owner.
With all the government rebates, grants and incentives, spray foam insulation does not cost as much as one would think. The only way to determine the exact cost will be to have an on site visit by the staff at Beyond Foam. During this time we would be able to discuss the right type of foam, proper r-value and deliver a quote that will suit your exact needs.
Spray foam insulation is used to keep the building envelope sealed, maintaining temperature and reducing energy costs. Geo-thermal uses friction and the earth’s energy to heat and cool your home. They both have a very important role in reducing our footprint on the environment while saving money. At Beyond Foam we like working with geo-thermal companies in the Calgary and surrounding areas to provide you with the best possible result in your home. Using spray foam we can drastically reduce the amount of energy needed to maintain temperature in your home which in turn reduces the cost of geo-thermal. Less drilling and piping and smaller furnace units are needed which will help with your budget and shorten your payback periods.
During WWII, foam was used to strengthen the wings of air planes. In 1985 it became an approved product to be used in residential homes according to the building code. With energy costs being where they are, it is the economical and environmental way to insulate your Calgary home. It will improve your home’s energy efficiency, and reduce your ecological footprint.
It will last an extremely long time. Correctly installed and not altered after, the foam will last the life of your building. Polyurethane foam insulation adheres extremely well to virtually all substrates. With this, and its ability to dry rigid, Spray Foam Insulation will out perform all other types of insulation. It also is able to flex and move with your building.
Beyond Foam takes great care in doing our onsite testing to ensure that this does not happen. If by chance it does, Beyond Foam and BASF both have a warranty program that protects the customer from malfunction in the foam. However, foam is made to stick, and stick incredibly well to clean and dry substrates. Urethane is one of the best construction adhesives known.
No, it takes a full rig of sophisticated equipment, as well as training and experience to spray foam insulation. Chemical companies will not sell individuals the supplies unless they have gone through rigorous training. The chances are too high of an unqualified individual incorrectly applying the foam insulation – Spray foam insulation cannot do its job of insulating if there are gaps, holes or pull-aways in the application – something a professional FOAMMASTER will prevent.
In a typical residential new construction we would come in after all HVAC, Plumbing and Gas, and Electrical inspections have passed. Each job is treated on an individual basis with Beyond Foam, and an on site visit is often required.
It is in many ways. The difference is that spray foam costs less and takes up less space inside your home – giving you more living space. I would consider that these are two great reasons to look at Beyond Foam as opposed to ICF. It will also allow you to design a more detailed and custom home if you like. Conventional cribbing methods make it easier to have different elevations and details to the design of your walls.
Yes you can. We also recommend that before you back fill, in new home construction, to spray the outside of your concrete. Concrete holds a temperature- when it gets cold, it stays cold for a long time. If you can stop that cold from getting in your house it will stay more comfortable, which in turn saves you money on heating costs. If it is too late for the outside spraying, inside will work as well. We have many testimonials of sprayed basements in Calgary where the client has an immediate change in the comfort of their homes and a reduction in heating bills.
In a word, everywhere! The different types of foam (1/2lb and 2lb) have different characteristics and on your site visit we will help determine the best product for your project. We can spray anything from house walls to bonus room floors, complete shops to the back of your cube van. We have sprayed tanks, underground waterlines and the belly of hot tubs. Pretty much anything can benefit from spray foam.
Insects and rodents do not like our foam and we have found it to be a great barrier for stopping them from entering. Spray foam insulation stops the warm air from coming out (which rodents feel and like to move towards in seeking new shelters) as well as the attractive smell of food. We have sprayed the bottom of RV units and houses with rodent problems and achieved great results.
There are no detectable VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). No CFC’s (Chloro Fluoro Carbons) or HCFC’s (Hydro Chloro Fluoro Carbons). in any of BASF’s foam products.
The two chemicals, when mixed at a high temperature, do atomize-which does off-gas and requires venting. As soon as those off-gasses leave the room, the foam is completely safe. This can take between 1-24 hours depending on the project. During our on site visit we will go over our safety policy and procedures with you and determine how your project can be done as safely as possible.
Polyurethane foam insulation is listed as a combustible insulation under the building code. The foam does have a fire retardant in it, which means it will not support a flame. If you pull the source of flame from it, it will stop burning. Building code requires a thermal barrier to be put over all foam insulation (½” drywall meets the thermal barrier standards).
Author: Kevin Boschee