RESIDENTIAL INSULATION- WHY IT IS IMPORTANT
Did you know that air leakage may account for up to half
the energy lost in your home?
Is your home leaking money?
Areas in Your Home That Can Benefit From Spray Foam Insulation
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The one place in your home that can definitely benefit from spray foam insulation to reduce the risk of drafts.
An important space that is overlooked, it needs to be insulated especially if you live in a cold climate.
- Cathedral Ceilings
Considered the most challenging areas to install traditions types of insulation, spray foam insulation is your best bet when it comes to ceiling insulation.
- Entertainment or Media Room
The room in your house that definitely need insulation for walls– not for air leaks but to keep the sound in.
- The Crawlspace
Often overlooked, this space that houses your heating and cooling system is prone to moisture build-up and could definitely use insulation in walls.
- Any New Addition
Whether you’re building a new room or having an old space converted, it can benefit from being well insulated.
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Types of Spray Foam Insulation
The best thing you could do for your family and your home is getting your house insulated. From lowering the energy usage to enhancing the structural integrity of your walls and roofs, insulation will make your home energy efficient, comfortable and a healthy space conducive to your wellbeing.
When it comes to SPF or spray foam insulation, there are essentially two types- Open Cell Foam and Closed Cell Foam. Understanding the difference between the two will help you understand which type of SPF will suit your needs better.
Open Cell Foam
This type of insulation is primarily used on walls. Even though it is commonly used on outer walls, it can also be used on inner walls not only to provide insulation, but as an effective sound dampener between rooms. Thinking media room? Absolutely right! This is because it has about twice the sound resistance in normal frequency ranges as compared to closed-cell. It is also lightweight and pliable, making it extremely easy to work with.Open cell spray foam insulation is known to have a very high expansion rate, as much as by 100 at times. This makes it ideal for residential structures since it can effectively seal nooks, crannies and crevices in attics, open wall cavities, crawl spaces, and rim joints too. If applied properly, it will keep your home insulated for a very long time.
Closed Cell Foam
Closed cell foam is rigid, firm, and dense and therefore durable. It’s durability makes it perfect for insulating exposed walls since it is not easily prone to damage on impact. Though closed cell foam has low to minimal expansion ability it is still an effective air barrier. It is also 100% moisture impermeable as opposed to open cell foam. This means it will not allow water to move through it. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) identifies closed cell spray foam as a flood-resistant material, making it an ideal option for homes in heavy rainfall, snow or hurricane prone regions. Closed cell foam insulation has an R-value of 6.0 to 7.0 per inch which is why it is considered the No. 1 insulation for a home. It can greatly reduce the heat from the attic during the hot summer months and keep out the cold in winter.
What Works Best Where
Open cell foam is best suited for application in residential structures especially above grade in roof lines, exterior walls, and attic floors. It is also great for areas that need an effective sound dampener. Closed cell foam works incredibly well below grade in basements and crawl spaces. It is also commonly used in commercial and industrial projects, in exterior applications and for insulating metal buildings and pole barns.
Spray Foam Insulation vs Traditional Insulation
- Wondering whether insulating house with spray foam is better to traditional types of insulation? Read on to make a well-informed decision.
- Spray foam is known to expand to 100 times its original size. This means that it is better able to fill cracks and crevices, effectively plugging air leaks. Tradition types of insulation leave room for air leaks as they are not able to cover up tiny cracks.
- Spray foam can stop conditioned air (whether hot or cold) from escaping your house and cold air from coming in.
Fiberglass and cellulose are not as effective in preventing air from passing through. Their energy efficiency is therefore comparatively lesser.
- Spray foam is continuously refined to ensure that your home meets with updated building codes.
Traditional insulation materials may not be up to code.
- Spray foam lasts for decades on an average of 50 to 80 years or throughout the life of the property. Traditional insulation do not have a very long life span. Insulation from fiberglass usually starts falling after 15 to 20 years.
- Spray foam is comparatively easier to install and allows for thermal insulation and air sealing.
- Perfectly installing fiberglass or cellulose and ensuring it covers the tiny spaces and gaps can be hard. In most cases the leftover gaps and spaces equate to the size of a basketball and an astronomical amount of air leakage- good enough to fill approximately two air blimps.
- The air sealing qualities of spray foam keep out dust, allergens and pollutants from entering your help, keeping your loved ones safe from allergies.
- Traditional insulation does not allow for effective sealing causing air leaks and in turn letting moisture, allergens and pollutants from entering your home leading to allergies and respiratory issues.
- Most spray foams are non-toxic and do not include components that harm the environment. They are therefore safer to install.
Fiberglass is known to contain formaldehyde and may emit toxic formaldehyde fumes into your house.
- Spray homes are effective sealants. They therefore also keep out rodents, termites, bugs and other little creatures that enter homes through tiny cracks and gaps in the walls.
- Traditional insulation is not an effective deterrent for pests. In fact, fiberglass and cellulose can be used for nesting or can be easily infiltrated or torn apart by pests.
Reap the Benefits of Spray Foam House Insulation
Yes spray foam insulation is expensive! But the immediate and long-term benefits of spray foam house insulation far outweigh the initial costs associated with it. These are some of the benefits of investing in insulating your house:
- You make significant savings in your heating and cooling bills every month
- You increase your home’s energy efficiency
- Thanks to our spray foam’s air sealing qualities, the usage of HVAC equipment in your home reduces
- You and your family can enjoy staying in comfortable temperatures all year round
- Reduces the risk of drafts, hot and cold spots
- Reduces the risk of molds by preventing moisture from seeping in
- Helps sound proof your home from the external environment
- Insulation installation lasts for 2 -3 decades so you’re covered for a very long time