What Is Spray Foam Insulation?

Spray Foam Insulation

When the chill of winter sets in and your furnace kicks on, you’ll see your energy bills begin to rise. Stress levels will rise as you find yourself sacrificing bigger chunks of your paycheck to your energy provider. You may even find yourself perusing the internet for warmer locations and lower energy bills.

Don’t sacrifice your home on a whim. There’s a solution to your problem, and it doesn’t require a moving van.

Something as simple as spray foam insulation can lower your energy bills and keep your home comfortable in all seasons. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about spray foam insulation and how it can help keep you in the home you love. 

What Is Spray Foam Insulation?

Sprayfoam insulation consists of a combination of isocyanate and polyol resin. When a spray foam insulation service applies the product, it can expand to 30 to 60 times its liquid quantity. 

Spray foam works especially well around areas that you cannot use traditional fiberglass foam around. It creates a barrier that seals floors, walls, and ceiling areas from unwanted air movement. This also means you can seal the sneaky areas that leak cold air such as outlets and light fixtures. 

Spray foam works well in the open cavities of both new and existing construction. If the building has an open cavity, you can use spray foam to fill gaps, crevices, and cracks. 

Conventional insulation will eventually sag and lose its shape. It will settle in place. Spray foam maintains its shape and continues to offer the essential insulation needed for areas that seep cold air.

Energy experts recommend spray foam, especially around existing finished areas. If you have an irregularly shaped area or an obstruction that prevents traditional insulation, spray foam insulation will seal your cracks and normalize your indoor temperatures. 

Spray Foam Insulation Benefits

Spray foam offers a myriad of benefits over other types of insulation. Spray foam fits into the nooks and crannies of your home, sealing areas that traditional insulation cannot reach. 

Reduced Energy Bills

Because spray foam reaches into the nooks and crannies of your home, it will reduce the air movement and help keep your home at a stable temperature. Your HVAC system can run more efficiently if the home isn’t leaking air. 

As a result, your energy bills will drop, and your home will have a consistent temperature. Your air conditioner and furnace will no longer have to run constantly. 

Energy efficiency experts estimate that you can save as much as 15 percent on your heating and cooling bill when you properly insulate your home. This means big savings over time. The cost you put into insulation will quickly go away as you save money every month. 

More Comfortable Home

Do you have cold corners in your home? Proper spray foam insulation will keep cold air from leaking into your home in the winter. As a result, you’ll have a more comfortable home. 

Reduced Condensation

When your home has a significant temperature difference between the outside and inside of the home, condensation will form on uninsulated walls. 

Foam insulation will fill the walls and prevent condensation and the unwanted mold that results from it. Condensation won’t form because your wall now has a barrier keeping outside air separate from the inside air. 

Ice Dams

When heat seeps from your attic, it melts snow and ice. The resulting liquid runs down the roof and eventually refreezes on its way. The ice then accumulates, creating an ice dam at the end of the roof right near the gutters. 

Home repair experts claim that a properly insulated attic will prevent ice dams from forming and causing damage. 

Insulating your roof deck will keep the warm air in your home. When the warm air stays in, the snow doesn’t melt and run down your roof or create an ice dam.

Open Cell Spray Foam vs. Closed Cell Spray Foam

Spray foam comes in both open-cell and closed-cell foam. Each type of spray foam has its precise uses. 

Open Cell Spray Foam Insulation

When you use open-cell foam, you spend less but still receive a quality air seal. The cell moves with your structure as it shifts, and thus it will not crack or pull away. 

The open-cell foam also allows water to flow freely through it without soaking it up. Instead, it retains the water much like a sponge. The foam eventually dries out and does not accumulate mold. 

Technicians will use water as the blowing agent for this type of foam. It will reduce but not completely block out sound as well. 

Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation

Closed-cell spray insulation typically works best in commercial buildings and pole barns as well as vans. It can withstand a beating by the elements better than open-cell spray foam. Thus, you can use it outdoors and not worry about rain or snow damaging it. 

Similar to open-cell spray foam, closed-cell spray foam prevents air leaks. It has a lower expansion rate than open-cell spray foam which makes it ideal for vans and smaller homes.

Stay Calm, and Foam

Spray foam insulation will reduce your energy bill and keep your home at a constant temperature. It can also reduce hazards like condensation on your wall and ice dams on your roof. 

As a whole, you need only hire a technician to treat your home with spray foam, and you’ll find you have a much more comfortable home environment. 

Are you looking for someone to evaluate your home’s insulation? We can help. We have technicians trained in all types of spray foam insulation techniques from attic insulation to the other nooks and crannies in your home. 

Our technicians will best know which type of spray foam you need. As a result, you’ll have a much better-insulated structure and a more comfortable building. 

Take some time and check out our services today. We can help insulate your home today. 

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