Is spray foam fire resistant?

Asked By: Bettie Gudz | Last Updated: 12th April, 2020
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Yes, absolutely. If you put spray foam insulation in a building, it needs a thermal barrier. That's what separates it from the occupied spaces. If there's a fire in the building, a thermal barrier keeps the combustible spray foam from the flames to increase fire resistance.

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Just so, is expanding foam fireproof?

Fire Rated Expanding Foams. Fire rated expanding foam can be used as an efficient seal against smoke and gas, providing up to 240 minutes fire rating. As well as being useful due to its excellent filling characteristics, fire rated foam has high thermal properties and provides acoustic insulation.

Additionally, is closed cell foam fireproof? There is no barrier over the spray foam (about R50 up there) and it has both mold and fire retardant properties. Yes, it will burn, but so will fiberglass. It's the paper on glass that needs covered in most places.

Similarly, you may ask, can spray foam 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.

Is polyurethane spray foam flammable?

Nothing beats spray polyurethane foam. Although a fast and economical way to insulate, spray polyurethane foam (SPF), like most other organic materials, is combustible. SPFs will, when ignited, burn rapidly and produce intense heat, dense smoke and gases which are irritating, flammable and/or toxic.

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Is Great Stuff foam flammable after it dries?

Is Great Stuff foam flammable after it dries? Great Stuff is simply polyurethane foam. It's quite flammable when released from the can due to the use of a potentially explosive gas propellant. And, even after it hardens, the foam remains flammable when subjected to temperatures above 240 F (116 C).

When should you not use expanding foam?

Spray Foam Around Windows and Doors is A-Ok
Avoid this by using minimal expanding foam. It's formulated to fill the space around windows and doors without excess expansion. Look for cans labeled for use on windows and doors. Another good idea is to fill the space with two layers.

Is expanding foam flammable when cured?

Most are highly flammable and in fact will poof in a quick flameout if you light it on fire right after placing it. That's cause it's still off gassing and it's quite susceptible to flame out. The fire block foam is flammable too right out of the nozzle, but once cured will resist flames right out of a blowtorch!

What Colour is fire resistant expanding foam?

The fire rated expanding foam is a red/pink colour whereas standard expanding foam will be a yellow foam.

Is foam fire retardant?


Fire-Retardant Does Not Mean Fire-Proof. Prolonged exposure to a flame will cause any polyurethane foam to burn. Polyurethane foam is an organic material, just like wood or cotton fabric. It also means that all insulation should be covered by a 15 minute fire-barrier in living spaces of the foam, like 1/2″ drywall.

Can I use expanding foam around pipes?

Can Expanding Foam be used around pipes? Yes indeed it is suitable and also if pipes are copper.

Is expanding foam toxic?

Once the foam has fully expanded and dried, manufacturers say it is inert. If the chemicals are not properly mixed, they may not react fully and can remain toxic. In addition to the dangers associated with installation, these chemicals can potentially remain unreacted in the form of dust or shavings.

How long does expanding foam last?

The foam expands to several times its initial volume in just a few seconds, and permanently attaches to the surfaces of the surrounding building materials. It seals all gaps for maximum effectiveness. Spray foam insulation will last indefinitely.

How hot can spray foam get?

Most spray foam manufacturers spec a surface temperature range between 60°F and 80°F. An uninsulated wood sill on a very cold January day could easily get below 60°F. Hell, it would probably get below 45°F.

What happens if spray foam insulation gets wet?


Single component spray foam insulation is more likely to be affected by water than mixed foams. Also, it's important to note that mold cannot eat foam insulation so even if it does get wet, it will not mold. Wood and other components around the insulation may mold though.

Does spray foam insulation burn easily?

It's important to know that while spray foam insulation has fire retardants mixed in, as with most building materials, it is not fireproof. Most spray foams are a Class 1 spray foam and have better smoke development, flame spread numbers and auto ignition points than wood.

What can I use expanding foam for?

Expanding foam is a can of liquid that quickly expands and hardens once sprayed. Once dried, it can be trimmed, sanded and painted. It is ideal for sealing gaps around pipes and wires; essential for energy efficiency, to keep your home warm.

Can you burn foam?

Burning Styrofoam, or polystyrene, is the least appropriate way to get rid of it for both people and the environment. Research has shown that when Styrofoam is burned it releases toxic chemicals and smoke that can damage the nervous system and lungs.

Can you use insulation for fire blocking?

Drywall, certain sealants and expanding foams, framing lumber, fiber cement board, and densely packed fiberglass or mineral wool insulation are among the acceptable materials to use for fire blocking. But to be on the safe side, ask your local building official which will work best for your project.

At what temperature does Styrofoam catch on fire?


When burning, expanded polystyrene behaves like other hydrocarbons such as wood, paper, etc. If EPS is exposed to temperatures above 212° F (100° C), it begins to soften, to contract and finally to melt.

What is PIR foam?

Polyisocyanurate, also referred to as PIR, polyiso, or ISO, is a thermoset plastic typically produced as a foam and used as rigid thermal insulation.

Does closed cell foam need to be covered?

Yes, absolutely. If you put spray foam insulation in a building, it needs a thermal barrier. That's what separates it from the occupied spaces. If there's a fire in the building, a thermal barrier keeps the combustible spray foam from the flames to increase fire resistance.