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By: Malcolm Bean on March 23rd, 2017

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Does RetroFoam of Michigan Use Formaldehyde Free Insulation? [Video]

FAQ  |  Formaldehyde  |  insulation

Formaldehyde is not a thing to take lightly, especially when considering insulation for your home.

There are a number of items in your home that contain formaldehyde you may not have thought about, including tobacco smoke that exposes the smoker and those breathing secondhand smoke. Formaldehyde is also found in low concentrations in cosmetics and other personal care products like lotions, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, keratin hair smoothing treatments, and some fingernail polishes, according to the American Cancer Society.

Other items that contain trace amounts of formaldehyde are crafters glue, caulk, drywall adhesive, some insulation boards, and some liquid detergents just to name a few, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

When formaldehyde is present at higher than 0.1 parts per million (ppm) it has been to known to cause respiratory issues, possible cancer issues, and is highly flammable.

Formaldehyde was used quite often found in older forms of traditional insulation like fiberglass. It was also found in urea-formaldehyde foam insulation used from the 1930s until the 1970s.

Does RetroFoam Injection Foam Contain Formaldehyde?

RetroFoam injection foam insulation has a trace amount of formaldehyde present in the dry product, but when it is mixed in our trucks the formaldehyde dissipates. That means RetroFoam’s finished foam insulation is formaldehyde-free once the product reaches your walls.

RetroFoam is also Class One Fire Rated substance, meaning it doesn’t promote flames or act as an accelerant inside your walls if the worst were to happen and there was a fire in your home.

Does Icynene Spray Foam Contain Formaldehyde?

Another product we use is Icynene spray foam and it contains zero formaldehyde. Since it’s a spray foam product, it doesn’t require the preservative properties of formaldehyde.

Icynene spray foam is not only safe for your home, but it is environmentally friendly.

RetroFoam and Icynene MSDS and Tech Sheets

Copies of the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and Tech Sheets for both RetroFoam and Icynene can be found on our website.

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