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Does Spray Foam Need a Thermal Barrier or Fire Coating?

When adding spray foam insulation to your new construction, existing home, or pole barn, it’s important to understand what a thermal barrier is and when fire coating must be applied by the team of professionals at Epic Spray Foam.

What is a Thermal Barrier? A thermal barrier is required to cover spray foam in all applications and is what separates the spray foam insulation from occupants and the interior of a living space. It’s typical for drywall, plywood, or gypsum board to be the materials used as barriers for your room walls and ceilings. The spray foam insulation will only be visible if you were to remove a section of the wall or ceiling for repair, but you would repair it and the spray foam would have a complete thermal barrier again.

What is Fire Coating? Fire coating is a specialized paint that is applied on top of spray foam insulation when the insulation will remain exposed (as allowed by code). For example, a pole barn or metal garage building would suffice for exposed spray foam BUT would have a layer of paint applied on top of it. This type of paint is called an intumescent coating. It’s job is to act as a fire resistant and protect the material underneath should it be exposed to extreme radiant heat or a fire take place. Although fire coating is a paint, the application requires a specific preparation and sprayer due to its viscosity and thickness. The paint must also be tested and appropriately matched to the foam insulation. Epic Spray Foam has a team of certified applicators so that you can rest assure you’re getting a professional insulation application that’s also up to Georgia insulation code requirements.

What is the Stack Effect?

By 10am in the average day in GA, the attic heats up to the point where there’s so much air being expelled that there’s not enough air coming in from the soffits. As the attic continues to heat up it begins to put a negative pressure on your house and pull the nice conditioned air […]

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Why Does My AC Run All of The Time?

Most Georgia homeowners have experienced one or two hot days where the humidity level is high, the sun is shining bright, and the temperature is HOT. On days like those it’s not uncommon for your HVAC unit to be put to the test to keep your home cool (or at least not sweltering). If you […]

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What is the R Value of Spray Foam?

Understanding R-Values For starters, R-Value is the resistance value. What this means is if you put a heat source (sun and radiant heat from outside home) on one side of a chamber and 1 inch insulation on the other side, then R-Value is the resistance to the heat saturation to the other side of that […]

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What Areas of a Home Should You Insulate?

Attic Insulation: Most homes in GA have fiberglass on the floor of their attic while some others have ground up cellulose product installed on the floor. Certainly the lowers price point option for most existing homes is to blow in in fiberglass and top off the existing insulation. With blown-in fiberglass, it needs to be […]

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How Much Does Spray Foam Insulation Cost?

Spray foam insulation helps homeowners keep their homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer, while also reducing energy bills year-round. There are two main types of spray foam insulation— open cell and closed cell. Generally, open cell spray foam is used above grade in residential applications (rooflines, attic floors, exterior walls, soundproofing). […]

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Insulation Process

What Areas Does Epic Spray Foam Serve: Epic Spray Foam is a professional insulation contractor located in Canton, GA and serves surrounding Metro Atlanta areas such as: Acworth, Atlanta, Ballground, Blue Ridge, Canton, Cartersville, Kennesaw, Jasper, Woodstock. Don't see your area listed? Don't worry! Give us a call to confirm your location and schedule your […]

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Does Spray Foam Need a Thermal Barrier or Fire Coating?

When adding spray foam insulation to your new construction, existing home, or pole barn, it’s important to understand what a thermal barrier is and when fire coating must be applied by the team of professionals at Epic Spray Foam. What is a Thermal Barrier? A thermal barrier is required to cover spray foam in all […]

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5 Signs You Hired a Great Spray Foam Insulation Contractor

Spring has sprung and summer won’t be too far behind with its hot, humid weather. As Georgia residents, we are all familiar with those back-and-forth trips to the thermostat where you try to quickly cool the house down and then shut it off before racking up a hefty energy bill. BUT, what if there was […]

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