Handi-Foam Buyer's Guide
Handi-Foam products include foam sealants, window and door sealants, construction adhesive, as well as a variety of Handi-Foam kits for various applications. Use these products to help winterize your building in order to help lower energy costs, seal cracks and voids to prevent rodents and insects and to create a strong, permanent bond between building materials.
Handi-Foam Spray Foams are designed to fill and insulate large voids and surfaces. Handi-Foam Spray Foams are available in a variety of sizes, from small aerosol cans to large refillable systems.
Handi-Foam Spray Foams are chemically cured systems, and the cure process occurs very quickly generally within minutes. Due to their excellent adhesion properties, they provide a continuous air barrier with excellent insulating and sound deadening properties. Handi-Foam Spray Foams are available in a variety of specific formulations to meet ASTM, HUD/FHA and Code of Federal Regulations requirements. There is a Handi-Foam Spray Foam to meet your insulating needs.
Can you tell me a little bit about Handi-Foam products and explain what each one does?
Fireblock Foam Sealant (105739) is designed to seal, fill, bond and stop air infiltration. Handi-Foam Fireblock meets building code for type 5 inspection.
Handi-Seal (104086) has low expansion pressure and is closed-cell, so it does not absorb water and will not sag when wet. It seals windows and doors quickly and easily, and features a distinctive gray color. The thermal barrier will improve the seal of installed windows and doors.
Handi-Foam Kits (103304, 103305) fill holes and block against insects and rodents. This spray foam bonds to wood, metal, concrete brick and most plastics. Within 10 minutes it is tack free, can be trimmed after one hour and is fully cured after 24 hours.
Handi-Foam Two Component Kits (103465, 103466, 103463, 103309, 103310) mix in the nozzle of the dispensing unit and produce a moisture-resistant foam that conforms to any shape. The typical R-value is 6.2 per inch, and cured foam can be trimmed, painted or sanded.
Handi-Foam E-84 Class 1 Two-Component Kits (109627, 109629, 109625) contain flame retardants in order to meet the testing requirements of ASTM E-84, with a flame spread of 25 or less and a smoke developing rate of 450 or less. The flame-resistance rating meets the building code requirements for Class 1 materials.
Use Handi-Foam and Handi Seal to seal and insulate attic hatchways, ceiling floor, window frames, recessed light fixtures, soffits, plumbing vent stacks, corners of joining materials and window frames. Handi-Foam two component foam can be used to level, fill and insulate beneath tubs and showers.
What is the difference between one component foam and two component foam?
One component foam is used to fill gaps less than 3" (7.6cm) in size. It will extrude from the container the size of your pinky finger and expand to the size of your thumb. By shaking the can the polyol and isoyanate contents combine to create a polymer. When dispersed, pre-polymer reacts with outside humidity. The result is cured foam that is tack-free in approximately 10 minutes.
Two component foam is utilized in spray applications and for large void applications. This method utilizes two canisters, each containing different agents. When the two components meet in the dispensing unit the nozzle mixes the two components and causes them to quick cure as rigid foam that is cuttable in 2-5 minutes and cures in less than an hour. It has an R-value of 6.2 per inch.
How are one component and two component foam typically used? What are some common applications?
One component applications include window insulation, door installation, skylights, air barriers, electrical outlets and fixtures, sealing around HVAC equipment, sealing agricultural structures, fixing small holes and other damage, sealing wall-ceiling joints, sealing wall-floor joints, plumbing, recreational vehicles, sealing vent penetrations and use as an air barrier. Additional purposes include adhering styrene panels, EPS foam to foam, adhering drywall and subfloor decking.
Two component foam is used in full home insulation, sound deafening, stage design, architectural molding, plumbing reinforcement, hot tubs/spas, pre-insulated pipe, recreation vehicles, structural support, cold storage, OEM, concrete block, bridge insulation, agricultural applications, metal buildings, transportation and hopper car sealing. It is also ideal for taxidermy, tank insulation, marine floatation, air barrier, sealing SIPS and building panel construction.
Fireblock Foam helps to seal wire, pipe and other penetrations to help control the spread of fire between rooms.
How can Handi-Foam products help make a home more energy efficient? Where should it be applied?
Handi-Foam products work to create a continuous air barrier to help make a home more energy efficient. For builders this means reduced energy costs and HVAC equipment size. It can assist in attaining an Energy Star rating and potentially allow for Energy Efficient mortgages. For insulators the fast application reduces labor costs and the variety of products allows for a wide range of applications.
For homeowners, utilizing Handi-Foam products means that you are creating an effective air barrier, which can significantly lower heating and cooling costs and help prevent condensation, which greatly reduces instances of mold growth.
Handi-Foam can be used in the basement to seal sill plates, duct, plumbing, gas line and wire penetrations, electrical outlets, exhaust fans and to seal dryer vents.
What about rodents? Will mice chew through the foam I've applied?
Handi-Foam can be used to fill small spaces in order to prevent rodents and other unwanted household pests from entering a dwelling. Since foam has no nutritional value, mice and other animals will not chew on or eat it.
How do I calculate how much foam I'll need for my application?
Downloadable PDF charts are posted on all of our Handi-Foam product pages.
What about safety, do I need to use protective clothing or gear?
Protective clothing, impervious gloves and goggles are required. When working in an enclosed area use a respirator.
Before you begin using Handi-Foam please consult the product packaging for full application information and safety instructions.
Can Handi-Foam Fireblock and Handi-Seal products be reused if I don't use the entire can for my project?
Yes. Be sure to use the remaining product within 30 days.
When I'm done with my two component slow rise kit how do I dispose of it?
Be sure to relieve the pressure from the cylinders by fully dispensing the unit and dispose of the kit in accordance with your local regulatory guidelines.