Spray foam insulation is growing in popularity, mainly because it offers so many unique benefits that traditional fiberglass insulation can’t. Investing in spray foam insulation is the best way to comprehensively protect your home against extreme temperatures, moisture and mold. It’s well worth the cost.
What Is It?
There are two different types of spray foam: open cell and closed cell. Open-cell foam is airy, weighs less and feels sponge-like. Closed cell is heavier, denser and has greater insulating properties. Closed cell typically costs more. Both types are used in many different applications, and they both offer some advantages over fiberglass.
High R-Value = Energy Efficiency
A material’s R-value rates its ability to resist heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the material’s insulating power.
While fiberglass has an R-value of two or three, spray foam reaches four, five or six. This makes a big difference in your home’s overall energy efficiency. Blocking air leaks and trapping either hot or cool air, depending on the time of year, can drastically reduce your energy loss and make your heating or cooling bills drop.
This type of insulation is fire retardant. It’s rated as a class 1 material. This means it produces little to no flames or smoke, slowing the damage during a house fire. It’s an investment in your home as well as your safety.
Since it’s much denser than fiberglass insulation, foam insulation blocks sound as well as air leaks. Using foam instead of fiberglass can reduce street noise and keep bedrooms quiet.
If you opt for closed-cell foam, your home is protected from moisture as well as heat loss. It blocks all condensation. This preserves your home’s building materials and protects against mold — a major health hazard.
Easy to Add to Your Walls
Improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be challenging. If you were to add fiberglass insulation to your walls, you’d have to remove then replace the drywall. This is a messy, expensive project.
Spray foam is so much more convenient. One small hole is drilled in the drywall, the nozzle releases the foam behind the drywall and it expands and fills up the empty space before hardening into place. It’s fast, easy and effective.
You Save Money
The primary reason to invest in spray foam insulation is because it’s a money-saving improvement. Your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard, and it won’t have to run 24/7. Contact Energy Savers today for your home energy assessment, and ask us about our spray foam insulation solutions.