Frequently Asked Questions

What are the acoustic properties of spray foam?

If you are looking for sound deadening, open cell foam is both better and more cost effective. As an effective air seal, "R" TITE eliminates the air gaps through which sound travels and is superior in controlling mid-range frequencies which include the most common sounds; the human voice, stereo music and plumbing noise. A lot of the sound waves are absorbed as they find their way through the foam.


Is spray foam environmentally friendly?

Yes our products are environmentally safe. There are zero ozone depleting chemicals in their manufacture. Being water blown, there are no solvents released into the atmosphere during its application.


Will spray foam change physically over time?

No! Spray foam is inert. Once the foam reaction is complete, you are left with an inert, cellular plastic. It will never sag, shrink, or settle. Being water blown, our foams have a constant R-value. It is not higher initially only to lessen over time as the solvent blowing agent mixes with the atmospheric air.


Will spray foam absorb water?

No! "R" TITE is hydrophobic. If a small piece were to be placed in a bucket of water it would float, and not absorb, or wick water. If it were submerged in a bucket of water, it would become saturated, and upon removal it would dry rapidly and loose none of it's insulating properties. It doesn't hold water, the open cells allow the water to pass through it.


Will open cell foam entrap moisture?

No! "R" TITE is a breathing foam. Any moisture in the building's concrete or lumber can escape through the insulation as the building dries out, thus eliminating any risk of mold or mildew.


Do any of your products contain Urea Formaldehyde?

No! Modern day spray foams do not contain any urea formaldehyde in their production. They are safe for you and your family.


Is the foam insulation corrosive to metals?

Spray foams are non-corrosive. They are neutral, neither acidic or alkaline, and therefore ideal for metal construction.


Does spray foam support bacteria or fungal growth?

No! spray foam does not retain water and is inert; therefore it does not support bacteria or fungal growth.


Do insects and vermin eat spray foam insulation?

Spray foam offers no food value but it would not present a sufficient barrier to their entry if they decided to chew through it.


What are the flammability and fire-rating characteristics?

Spray foam will not sustain flame upon removal of the flame source. However, like fiberglass, it will be consumed by flame, and gypsum board or other acceptable thermal barriers are required by applicable building codes.


What does the smoke contain?

Smoke from spray foam insulation, like that of all organic materials including wood, is a complex of many gasses. The major components in the smoke are carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide.


Are there any electrical wiring overheating problems associated with the application of spray foam?

NO! spray foam has been tested and is not a concern to electrical authorities.

Contact Summit for more info, we'll be happy to answer any other questions you may have!