Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of common questions received about the AeroBarrier product and its application.
Is the sealant safe to use inside the home?
Yes, the AeroBarrier system uses a commercially available sealant. The sealant is GreenGuard Gold Certified, meaning that it meets the stricter certification requirements for use in schools and healthcare facilities.
How much will this tighten the house?
AeroBarrier can meet whatever tightness requirements the space was designed to handle. The AeroBarrier technology provides real-time air tightness readings and allows the process to be stopped at any time once the required tightness is reached.
What size leaks will this seal?
The AeroBarrier process will seal gaps up to 1/2” wide and as small as a human hair. Aerosol sealing is very effective at sealing narrow gaps and extremely small holes that are typically not cost-effective or are missed when sealed manually. In general, the larger the leak the longer it will take to seal.
How long does the process take?
The sealing process for a 2,000 sq. ft. house typically takes one to two hours, depending on initial tightness. Additional time is required for setup and cleanup.
What does the sealant look like after it is applied?
The sealant looks like white caulk. Once it dries it can be painted.
How long after the sealing process can you work in the house?
The space needs to be aired out for 30 minutes after sealing. This is done by opening windows and running the fan. Work in the space can continue as soon as the sealing equipment is removed.
How much will the house be pressurized?
A blower door is used to pressurize the space to about 100 Pascals - about twice the pressure used for a standard blower door test. The higher pressure helps reduce the sealing time without damaging the house. In some cases, lower application pressure (~75 Pa) will be considered to prevent over pressurizing attic entrances or other large openings.
What surfaces need to be protected?
During rough-in stage, minimal preparation is required. Electrical outlets, plumbing penetrations, bathroom/kitchen vents, etc should be covered. The sealant will not stick to vertical surfaces, so there is no need to cover windows or walls.
After rough-in, the sealing will produce a thin layer of sealant on horizontal surfaces that can be removed with everyday household cleaners. Any finished horizontal surfaces need to be covered and any large intentional openings (e.g. exhaust fan ducts) need to be covered manually.
Can the sealing be performed in cold weather?
Although the sealing equipment can heat the air used for pressurizing the space, there are practical limits to aerosol sealing when it comes to weather conditions. In very cold conditions, there is concern that the sealant may freeze during application. So, an outdoor temperature of 40˚F or higher is the most appropriate. Temperatures below 40˚F may require additional steps.
AeroBarrier is a single-component, high performance, synthetic, permeable, aerosol-applied sealant that performs as an air barrier around ceilings, walls, floors, doors, windows, and electrical and plumbing fixtures. It is UV-stable, seamless, monolithic, and can be applied over a wide range of temperatures. AeroBarrier offers a 10-year product warranty and certified results.
Process can start as soon as building can be pressurized
Seals up to 1/2” and as small as a human hair
Service temperature: intermittent exposure up to 240°F
Tack free time: <60 min
Low VOC content: meets LEED requirements
Color: sandstone grey