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Does Spray Foam Insulation Off-Gas?

By: Malcolm Bean on October 31st, 2017

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Does Spray Foam Insulation Off-Gas?

FAQ  |  off gas  |  re-occupancy time  |  spray foam  |  VOC

The goal of any homeowner is to make their home an even better place to live. The next item on your list is insulation, but there’s a question over off-gas. The word contractors use for off-gas is VOC or volatile organic compound. It's basically all of the little bits that are expelled during the process of spraying something. Off-gas is in your hairspray, your kid's body spray, and anything you brought home from the dry cleaners. But does spray foam insulation off-gas?

Like all of the other products that have VOCs spray foam does off-gas. There are some health and odor concerns with off-gass, but only when they’re present in large amounts. When you’re looking for which spray foam to insulate your home with it's important to see which is labeled low-VOC. That's an industry seal that means that there is a minimal amount of off-gas from the product.

A low VOC spray foam insulation is going to make your installation much less of a hassle. It will often mean there’s a lower re-occupancy time of 2-8 hours instead of the standard 24 hours for most spray foam. With that low of a time, you can get back and enjoy the space and all of its new benefits that much faster.

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