Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is a spray-applied plastic that can form a continuous insulation and air sealing barrier on walls, roofs, around corners and other surfaces. SPF insulation is known to resist heat transfer extremely well and offers a highly effective solution in reducing unwanted air infiltration. If you’ve been considering your options for an upcoming home renovation, new addition, or new house that’s being built, you may be wondering whether you should try out spray foam insulation.
Here are four reasons spray foam insulation is a better choice than other types of insulation.
- Air Sealing. Unlike other insulation types, spray foam insulation acts as an air seal, anywhere that it is used throughout the house. The air seal that foam insulation provides can help prevent drafts and air leaks, which can affect the interior temperature of the house.
- Not considered a food source for pests. Unlike other types of insulation, spray foam insulation does not attract pests. Pests are deterred from nesting in your home.
- Savings on heating and cooling every month. Improve your home’s energy efficiency by using your HVAC equipment less often.
- Improves indoor air quality. Closed-cell spray foam acts as a barrier to water and vapor, helping to prevent condensation and water intrusion. Sealing gaps with spray foam can provide a barrier against pollen, dust and insects, which can be especially helpful in households with allergy sufferers
- Does not lose its R Value. R value is the insulation’s resistance to heat conduction. Spray Foam Insulation does not settle over time. It also does not hold or create dust like traditional fiberglass insulations and blown in insulations can.
Fiberglass however, is no longer considered to be the most cost-effective insulation material available. Spray polyurethane foam insulation, is a more energy efficient, eco-friendly, and innovative industry technology. Spray foam allows for no air space between the insulating material and the substrate, no joints, no glue, no mechanical fasteners and no convection air movement.
Closed-cell spray foam is fully self-adhered to the substrate which makes buildings much stronger and much stiffer. Currently, spray foam is used to build homes in hurricane and earthquake zones because it makes structures more architecturally stable. It has been approved by FEMA as a flood-resistant material.
Clearly spray foam insulation is the best way to keep your energy bills low and keep your home protected from the elements. For more about spray foam insulation, you can read our FAQs here, and learn more about the difference between open cell and closed cell insulation here. Finally, if you want us to come out to your home for a free estimate,click here for our contact page.