As energy prices are rising, insulating your home has never been more important. The use of insulation will help to lower your energy bills while also protecting the environment. Many home owners are turning to expanding foam insulation as it is less expensive than foam board. Expanding foams molds itself to the area being treated which ensures that your home has complete protection. Even the tiniest seams and cracks are sealed when this product is used. Large jobs may require a contractor be called in, but small ones can be handled by anyone who can use simple tools.
One product you may wish to try is Dow Chemical Co. 298141 Great Stuff Pro Gaps & Cracks Professional Applicator Foam. This product seals, fills and insulates any gap that is three inches or less. The expanding foam insulation is tack free in six minutes and the trimming process can be completed in 30 minutes making this product quick and easy to use. Many expanding foam products can only be used within a small temperature range. This is not the case here. Great Stuff Pro Gaps & Cracks Professional Applicator Foam can be used when temperatures are between 25 degrees Fahrenheit and 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Consumers give this product an average of five stars.
In order to use the above expanding foam insulation, a dispenser will need to be purchased. A great choice is the Pro 13 Dispensing Gun, also manufactured by Dow Chemical. Customers give this four stars out of five as it allow for precision when filling a gap. The extended barrel is great for those hard to reach places and you have control over the size of the bead that is dispensed. This gun is designed in a manner that prevents drips after dispensing so it is re-startable for a 30 day period.
If you have a small area to be filled, such as a light fixture or electrical outlet, Touch ‘n Foam 4001031212 MaxFill Maximum Expanding Sealant may be a better option. Rated three stars by consumers, this product does not require the purchase of a separate dispenser. Designed to fill large holes and gaps, this expanding foam insulation forms an airtight seal to save you money on your energy bills. Appropriate for indoor and outdoor use, the insulation may be painted and sanded once dry. Eliminate air leaks throughout your home with the help of one 12-ounce can. Pests and insects will no longer be able to enter your home either. You’ll be surprised at what a difference it makes.