Full-time spray foam contractors up north often lose the “full-time” aspect of their business during the winter months. Frigid temperatures pose several problems for SPF application; however with proper training and product selection, solutions are available. It’s important to be aware of certain factors, and learn a few tips and tricks for outsmarting the cold. Veteran SPF consultant Mason Knowles advised Spray Foam Insulation & Roofing Magazine on the subject.
“The most important thing is keeping your material temperature and substrate temperature within allowable spraying conditions,” said Knowles, “and the first step is climate control in your shop and in your truck.” Wherever you store your foam will affect the temperature of the foam, so it’s advisable to keep your tanks in a warm room. If this isn’t possible, Knowles recommended a simple space heater to warm the tanks. The temperature of the foam should optimally be maintained between 60- 75 degrees F.