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How to Insulate Log Cabin Walls with Injection Foam

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How to Insulate Log Cabin Walls with Injection Foam Blog Feature
Joe Skelton

By: Joe Skelton on January 20th, 2020

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You love spending time in your log cabin, but you don’t love that it is consistently too cold or too hot.

Your cabin is your home away from home. A place where you escape to unwind and where you want all of the same luxuries as your home.

Comfort really comes into play here because you can’t really unwind if you can’t get comfortable. If the walls of your log cabin aren’t insulated, you’re likely feeling drafts, uneven temperatures throughout the cabin and the walls are cold to the touch.

As a project manager here at RetroFoam of Michigan, I have helped a lot of homeowners with their comfort challenges, as well as some cabin owners.

We are on a mission to educate homeowners about how they can make their space, whether they are their homes or cabins, not only more comfortable but also more energy-efficient.

In this article, I will explain how insulating cabin walls with injection foam is done and how it can help make your log cabin more comfortable.

How to Insulate Log Cabin Walls

You’re likely not going to want someone drilling holes through the logs of your cabin, so the best way to install the injection foam is to do it from the inside.

This means there is drywall in place on the existing walls.

Before the installation, everything inside the cabin needs to be moved at least 5- to 6-feet away from the walls. If a piece of furniture can’t be moved, then it should be covered. You’ll also want to take down anything hanging on the walls.

On the day of installation, crews will come in and make sure the floors are covered, as well as countertops, railings, and everything that could end up getting drywall dust on it.

Once the prep work is done, the installation begins. 

Crews will make a chalk mark on the center of the walls, so the holes are drilled evenly into each stud cavity. The holes are then drilled, and the foam is injected.

After the foam is injected, the holes are filled with a foam plug which is covered by drywall repair tape and drywall mud.

When the mud is smoothed out, the crews start cleaning up after themselves.

A good contractor will make sure they leave your home looking just like it did before they got there.

Now there is one hitch to this process – what if you don’t have drywall or wall studs?

In this case, foam insulation isn’t a good fit, unless you are in the process of studding out the walls.

In this case, after the walls have been studded out, the open cell spray foam can be sprayed into those wall cavities. After the foam is sprayed, installation crews will cut the foam back so it is flush and doesn’t interfere with hanging the drywall.

This is a more extreme circumstance, but it is worth mentioning.

Getting Foam Insulation for Your Log Cabin

Insulating cabin walls with injection foam insulation creates an air seal that is going to work to keep your log cabin more comfortable and not cost you a fortune in heating and cooling costs.

But why stop there?

Sealing the building envelope of your log cabin can help prevent comfort issues throughout the cabin. Foam can help prevent losing air through the roof, cold floors, and rooms that are either too hot or too cold.

If you want to learn more about how foam insulation can make your log cabin the getaway destination you always knew it could be, head on over to our Learning Center and check out the resources there.

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About Joe Skelton

Joe said his favorite part of his job is seeing the state of Michigan as he drives to appointments and meeting new people. Joe works to help customers with their needs and explaining how foam insulation creates an air seal that will make their homes more comfortable and energy efficient. When he isn’t working, Joe loves spending time with his wife and two children. They love camping and boating in their free time.