15 Expanding Spray Foam Insulation Ideas and Applications
We all know spray foam is an insulation powerhouse, but it's also a versatile home improvement tool. Here are some genius uses for spray foam that you may have never considered.
Firm Up a Wobbly Shower Head
Squirt a little expanding foam around a loose shower arm and it’ll be solid as a rock. Let the foam set up until it’s stiff and carve off any excess around the shower arm. Slide the cover plate tight to the wall and you’ll never know there’s foam holding things together. This same trick firms up any other loose or wobbly pipes.
Carve Spray Foam
There is no shortage of creative uses for spray foam, and carving it is just one of many. Like the toy plane pictured, you can create props, costume accessories, and decor with a little patience and ingenuity.
Whether you’re sending something fragile in the mail or keeping valuables safe during a move, secure packing is everything. To protect a delicate item, simply fill a spare shopping bag half-full with spray insulation foam and place in the bottom of a box, pressing the item gently into the bag as it hardens to cushion the item. Repeat for the top and you have a DIY custom packaging solution that can handle the rigors of delivery.
An ingenious way to frame your original masterpieces is with a spray foam picture frame. All you need for this one-of-a-kind craft is a little cardboard for the frame, spray foam and the spray paint of your choice. Use another piece of cardboard as a picture backing and use finishing nails to finish this instant art.
Plus: Watch DIY Picture Frame with Mitered Corners
Shore Up the Tub
If you have a bathtub that flexes underfoot, simply fill it with water to weigh it down, and fill the space underneath with spray foam. Many stand alone tubs have access panels that will allow you to reach these spaces. Otherwise, a small hole in facing drywall can do the trick and will require little patching to repair afterward.
Improve Your Sink
Insulate and soundproof an aluminum sink by spraying the underside with spray foam, paying particular attention to the gap between sinks. If you do this while the sink is installed, ensure you are wearing safety equipment and prepare the area beneath the sink for drips. Check out this, and other handy plumbing tricks here.
Shore Up Concrete Problems
Spray foam really is a magical tool for household insulation. Although fiberglass has been commonly used for insulation, spray foam can actually outperform it. Plus, with so many ways you can use spray foam, this material certainly is handy. Now only if it could help us out with all of those concrete problems…
Oh wait, it actually can!
Demilec, a company located in Texas, has invented a type of insulation foam that can help correct cracks and uneven pavement problems. Geolift can help to lift existing concrete surfaces and fix those problem areas around your house with much less labor. Geolift works for driveways, sidewalks, patios, garage floors, even pool decks. And yes, it is a foam, just like your beloved spray foam!
Insulate the House
When it comes to insulating the house, fiberglass tends to be the most common form of insulation. However, when comparing fiberglass and spray foam insulation, you might be surprised that spray foam outperforms fiberglass.
Spray foam is a type of insulation that expands after you spray. The foam expands and seals, deterring moisture (which can create mold) and pests from eating through your walls. It protects the lining of your house, and can even assist in the heating and cooling of your house during those unbearably cold or hot days.
Win at Decor
Porch urns or ceramic vases are an excellent way to add seasonal curbside flair to your home. However, tall items such as twigs, birch stems or even pumpkins can sway in the breeze and make a mess of your carefully planned decor. To prevent things from shifting, place your items in the container and spray around them with expanding foam to create a comfy nest that will keep items from blowing over and potentially breaking your urn. Place a layer of moss, hay or greenery on top to finish the look.
Get Crafty with Spray Foam
Expanding spray foam can be used to build mountains — albeit small ones—which is perfect for school projects or hobbies, such as model volcanoes or scenery for miniature train sets. For more crafty ideas, check out these easy to make Christmas ornaments.