Spray Foam Insulation

The advantages of good insulation installed in your home or commercial building are numerous. Insulation will make the inside more comfortable without using more energy. There are several types of insulation that can be installed, but spray foam surpasses the others in effectiveness.

What Is Spray Foam Insulation?

Spray foam insulation consists of two materials, isocyanate and polyol resin. When combined and applied, these two substances expand up to 60 times their liquid volume. The foam penetrates every nook and cranny of the area to seal it from moisture and air.

Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation

The advantages to getting spray foam insulation installed in your home or business are many. It creates a tight seal around the perimeter of the building to keep the outside air and moisture out. Critters and insects can’t penetrate the building. Your utility bills will be lower because your HVAC system isn’t working as hard.

When to Apply Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation can be installed during or post-construction. It’s easier and quicker to apply it while the building is under construction, since the structure is open and more accessible.

Applying spray foam insulation to an existing home or commercial building requires more effort, which equates to more time and some inconvenience on the building’s inhabitants. 

Why You Should Hire a Pro to Install Spray Foam Insulation

Installing spray foam insulation requires special equipment and protective gear. It is recommended that only a professional who is trained in the application techniques for spray foam perform the process. 

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Why Spray Foam Insulation Is a Good Investment

Although traditional insulation materials cost less than spray foam insulation, they do not provide the same standard of sealing that spray foam insulation does.

1. Lowers energy bills

Spray foam insulation’s ability to tightly seal air allows it to create a barrier to decrease air leakage from a home. When spray foam is applied correctly, it fills all cracks and crevices, immediately expanding to fill those small spaces, thus blocking the heat and cold.

Spray foam insulation assists in limiting moisture vapor from entering and escaping the home. This reduces the load on heating and cooling systems, hence lowering heating and cooling costs. 

2. Reduces the amount of pollen and allergens

Since air can’t penetrate the walls once the spray foam insulation is applied, it can drastically reduce the amount of pollen and allergens inside. Family members who suffer from allergies or respiratory conditions won’t have to worry about constant sneezing, a trip to the doctor, or more money spent on allergy medicine.

3. prevents costly water damage

Sealing a home with spray foam insulation helps keep moisture from entering through the walls.  No moisture means a reduced risk of mold and mildew growth. The less water that gets through the walls, the smaller the chance that loved ones will develop health issues due to mold and mildew. Closed-cell spray foam works as a barrier against large quantities of water which will save homeowners money from costly water damage repairs.

4. Stops bug and rodent infestations

Small holes and cracks in any home are an open invitation to ants, bugs, and small rodents. Spray foam insulation can fill the smallest holes to prevent insects from entering. Once the spray foam dries, it forms a hard barrier that deters pesky bugs and critters. 

By keeping away insects and rodents, you are also reducing the chances of getting sick from rodent waste and having to hire a professional exterminator to remove the bugs.

5. increases the sturdiness of walls

One of the biggest benefits of foam spray insulation is the sturdiness that it adds to the structure of the house. Because of its density and hard barrier, the walls are strengthened.  It protects the attic and roof during strong storms. The added layer of protection that spray foam insulation provides can also increase the value of a home.

About RT Construction

RT Construction has been building and making St. Louis area homes more enjoyable for over 15 years. They are a family-owned company that focuses on building projects that are sustainable and efficient. They have completed residential and light commercial construction in Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas. Their combined 100 years of construction expertise lends itself to quality construction. 

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