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Old 04-17-2011, 02:06 PM   #1
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Can I spray foam myself, is it affordable.

I am getting ready to build and am looking to do as much as possible myself. I am interested in using the spray foam in my house to create an unvented roof system. I have used this stuff before in my last house and it works great. My initial inquiries so far indicate that the price has gone up considerably to have someone spray foam my house. I was hoping that someone may know a good website where I can order the product myself instead of paying someone else to do it. I have seen some kits on the internet but they look pretty small for a lot fo money. I was wandering if there was a good wholesale place to get the product in bulk at a good price.

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Old 04-17-2011, 02:14 PM   #2
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I suspect you can do this yourself if you have a spare $10,000.00 to buy the spray rig, hoses and spray heads. The foam of course would be a cost over and above this initial outlay.

Otherwise, it would take a few thousand little spray cans but the home center would consider you a top customer.


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I am not vouching for these folks but it is simply one of many that provide what you are looking for.

start pecking the keyboard and look on the internet. There is a wealth of info out there.
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It is possible to do spray foam insulation yourself at a fraction of the cost. Just make sure you follow the instructions carefully to avoid any problems.
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Short answer seems to be no. Most kits I found when I was looking for this solution was around $1.20 a sqft. It seemed like 300 sqft tanks would run about $360 shipped (order of 2 or more). Even then, most of those numbers are based on a 2in fill with batt insulation for the rest. Filling then entire void (2x6, 2x8) would cost far too much.
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I was watching a show a while back "American Builder." They used the portable foam product (like tiger foam). From what I could tell, it doesn't go up nearly as nice as the pro tools.
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DIYers have access to "froth packs", etc, which work well for smaller projects. Larger projects require a substantial investment in equipment and would likely negate if not completely reverse any savings.
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The guys that spray foam for a living have fairly high tech setups that balance temperature and maintain a perfect match of the chemical components in the foam. Even if such equipment was rented I should think the material wasted in the learning curve would negate any possible cost savings. And then you would have to buy the chemicals to clean the equipment and return it.

If it is a horizontal surface like the floor of an attic? Would you be open to exploring some other high R-Value options besides foam? And don't get me wrong, I am a foam fan. Where I had been working the foam folk were so busy it took forever for them to get to me at times though. And good luck getting them out for a small project.

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