There are various types of insulation that can be used in your home or business. Spray foam insulation offers many benefits over other insulation materials due to its ability to fill even the tiniest holes and cracks. It provides an extremely tight seal that keeps the outside air (and other things) from penetrating the barrier.
Spray foam insulation can be applied to new buildings under construction and to existing structures.
Spray Foam Beats the Other Insulation Materials
Let’s look at some of the many advantages of getting spray foam insulation applied to your home or commercial property.
- Energy Savings - Getting spray foam insulation applied to your home or business can save you up to 50% in your heating and cooling bills compared to having no insulation at all. That’s significant savings! And it offers 30% more savings over other insulation materials.
- Airtight Seal - There is no other insulation material than can close the gaps like spray foam does. When applied, it expands quickly to fill all cavities in its path. It resists penetration better than other materials, keeping your building’s interior sealed from the outdoor air.
- Moisture Resistant - Not only does spray foam keep the outside air from penetrating the inside, it keeps moisture out as well. Its tight seal won’t let water and moisture in. It will not absorb water either, preventing rot and damages.
There are two types of spray foam insulation: closed cell and open cell. Closed cell is a denser air and water vapor barrier. Open cell foam doesn’t completely close, leaving a more sponge-like quality.
- Lightweight - Spray foam weighs much less than other insulation materials. Its high strength-to-weight ratio makes it a great option for attics and roofs.
- Resists Mold and Mildew - Unattended moisture or water leaks can lead to mold growth, which can cause structural and health issues. Even if the spray foam material gets wet, bacteria that causes mold cannot grow on it. Closed cell spray foam, because of its chemical and air sealing qualities, prevents condensation that leads to mold growth.
- Critters Cannot Get In - The tight seal of spray foam prevents even the smallest varmints from getting through. No more mice or squirrels scurrying through your attic!
- Long Lifespan - Spray foam insulation lasts much longer than other insulation materials. One application, if properly installed, can endure for decades. There is usually no need to re-insulate or re-apply.
- Eco-Friendly - If you’re concerned about the carbon footprint on the global environment, spray foam insulation should be your choice. There are several ways it reduces the impact on the planet. Fewer materials are used to make the insulation, it reduces energy consumption, it prevents damage from moisture and pests, and because of its longevity, does not need to be reapplied.
- Strengthens the Structure - Spray foam adds an extra layer of protection for your building’s roof and walls. Its density and firm, non-sagging barrier will make the structure resistant to storms and extreme weather conditions.
- Sound Barrier - The closed-cell spray foam reduces noise pollution. It will keep the annoying sounds outside from bothering you indoors.
- Fire Retardant - Spray foam insulation slows the spread of flames. In fact, it’s a class 1 fire retardant, keeping your home both comfortable and safe.
- Higher R-Value - An insulation’s R-value measures how well certain building insulation materials can resist heat. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulation performance. Spray foam insulation is superior to competing insulation technologies.
- Keeps Out Contaminants - Because of its almost impenetrable barrier, no outside chemicals and noxious odors can permeate into the inside of the building.
- Increases Home Value - Spray foam insulation is a great selling feature if you plan to put your home on the market. What buyer wouldn’t appreciate the benefits of a well-insulated home over one that isn’t?
The Key Is Proper Installation
Of course, most of the benefits of spray foam insulation are dependent on the way it’s installed. Yes, there are DIY kits available that could save you some money over hiring a professional. But you may want to think twice about that option.
Icynene, an organization that educates consumers and trains professionals on spray foam insulation, recommends that you always hire a trained and licensed professional. They know the correct procedures to apply the spray foam properly and thoroughly. They also have the proper equipment and protective gear to ensure it’s applied properly without injury.
RT Construction is certified in spray foam insulation installation. We will ensure that your home or commercial property is protected for years to come from the elements.
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