UFFI or Urea Formaldehyde Foam Insulation is a colorless, chemical compound found in certain resins, glues and bonding agents and for real estate practitioners, is most commonly associated with insulation. UFFI is a low density foam made from plastic resins, a foaming agent and compressed air. At time of installation, UFFI has the appearance and consistency of shaving cream. While normally identified as a white or cream colored substance, at least one product contained blue dye.
The controversy arose from the curing process when the product was injected into walls and other areas in residential property, and formaldehyde gas was released. a product ban appeared in 1980 because of potential health concerns, after an estimated 100,000 Canadian homes were insulated mostly between 1975 and 1979 under government incentive program for homeowners.
A general consensus now minimizes UFFI as a health concern.
Keith Marshall is a real estate agent with Prudential Grand Valley Realty, serving Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. If you’re thinking of buying or selling your home, please give me a call. I aim to take the stress and mystery out of the home buying and selling process.