RetroFoam is a tripolymer based resin that creates odor-free, non-toxic foam insulation.
This resin is mixed with water and a foaming agent in the RetroFoam installer’s trailer. Once it’s mixed, the final product looks a lot like shaving cream and even has the same consistency.
It’s that shaving cream consistency that helps RetroFoam insulation completely fill the cavity, getting into all of the nooks and crannies, as well as spreading around wires and pipes in the wall.
Is RetroFoam Insulation Safe to Have in the Home?
RetroFoam is absolutely safe to have in your home.
RetroFoam insulation doesn’t off-gas, is Class One Fire Rated, and is environmentally friendly.
There is a lot of misinformation about foam insulation and whether it’s safe, so let’s clear that up to ease any concerns you might have.
Does RetroFoam Off-Gas?
Off-gassing is more of a concern when it comes to spray foam insulation.
That off-gassing, or volatile organic compounds, are little bits that are expelled when the foam is sprayed. Hairspray, body spray, and even your dry cleaning technically off-gas.
Injection foam insulation, more specifically RetroFoam, doesn’t have any off-gassing at all.
Is RetroFoam Insulation Flammable?
RetroFoam home insulation is Class One Fire Rated, which means it doesn’t act as a catalyst if there were a fire in your home.
Once the fire is extinguished or the flame is removed, RetroFoam will self-extinguish.
Let’s talk a little bit more about what that fire rating means.
The fire rating system for insulation is basically how long the material can withstand a standard fire resistance test.
A Class One Fire Rating really means the flame spread and smoke development index, or how fast the flame will spread in the insulation and how much smoke it produces.
To get this Class One Fire Rating, the insulation must have a smoke development of less than 450 and a flame spread index of 25 or less.