Can foam insulation be left exposed?
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Just so, does foam insulation need to be covered?
Rigid foam insulation, whether it is expanded or extruded polystyrene, does have to be covered if it is installed in the interior of a building. This wall covering must have a minimum fire rating to protect the insulation from quick combustion during a fire.
One may also ask, can spray foam insulation catch fire? Like many materials found in a home or building, spray foam can ignite and burn if exposed to a sufficient heat source. Foam insulation should be considered combustible and handled accordingly.
Keeping this in view, what type of insulation can be left exposed?
Batts: Generally made of fiberglass, insulation batts and rolls are available either with face coverings or without. Brown Kraft paper is a common facing. Fire-retardant foil sometimes is used to cover batts that will be left exposed in unfinished spaces, such as a garage or basement.
Can foil faced insulation be left exposed?
Never leave faced insulation exposed. The facings on kraft-and foil-faced insulation will burn and must be installed in substantial contact with an approved ceiling wall or floor construction material. Flame-resistant foil (FSK-25) is the only insulation facing that can be left exposed.