High density foam is a widely used material in applications around the home. Such applications include bedding, home insulation, and in furniture cushions. This wide use is due to the unique properties of high density foam. However, in spite of the many uses for this material, there are some things that you need to keep in mind when using it. This article will discuss some of the potential pitfalls of using high density foam around the home.
One of the most common uses for high density foam is in mattresses. This is because of the comfort that high density foam can provide. When you lie down on a high density foam mattress, the mattress conforms to your shape, enveloping you in the mattress, creating a warm, snug feeling. While this may be good for sleeping however, it can make it very difficult to get out of bed in the morning. Special attention must be paid to young children who sleep on this type of mattress. If a child lies face down on the mattress, and the mattress molds to the shape of the child, the child might not be able to roll over, causing the child to suffocate. Another concern with high density foam mattresses is the gases that are often given off when the mattress is removed from its packaging. These gases can leave behind a nasty smell that can stay in the room for a few days, or even a few weeks. When opening up a high density foam mattress, it’s best to do it in a well-ventilated area, so that the gases can evacuate.
High density foam is used extensively in home insulation, as its cellular structure does a great job of keeping heat from passing through it. However, some of the high density foams that are currently on the market may be flammable and can produce toxic fumes if exposed to an open flame. Some of those fumes could be fatal. Although high density foam is generally thought of as waterproof, prolonged exposure to water will eventually cause a deterioration in the properties of the foam, so if you have a roof that leaks, get it fixed in order to preserve your insulation. When installing high density foam insulation, you must take special care to install it properly. If it isn’t installed properly, it could result in the foam trapping moisture, which can lead to mold and other problems. If your home uses a heavy amount of spray foam insulation, then you may need mechanical assistance to provide enough ventilation in your home.
High density foam is also not the most environmentally-friendly material either. In addition to giving off gases when exposed to fire, it can be very difficult to recycle, although some inroads are being made in this field. Like most plastics, such as those used to make plastic storage boxes that are commonly used around the home, high density foam is made from petroleum by-products. So, if you believe that the world uses too much oil, and you would rather have something that you can recycle later on, you may want to consider an alternative to high density foam.
These are just some of the potential pitfalls that you may have to deal with if you decide to use high density foam. However, some of the pitfalls can be avoided if proper precautions are taken.