Spray Foam Insulation
More Than Fluff
Insulation in a home is one of the most crucial factors in climate control, noise reduction, and even energy efficiency; and while most people don’t realize that it comes in any other form than the puffy looking cotton-candy pink fiberglass variety, many homeowners are becoming savvy to the benefits of spray foam insulation.
A Direct Shot
Granted, traditional insulation is more than adequate in providing sound barriers between walls and helping control the interior climate of a home, but spray foam insulation can actually exceed the performance of traditional insulation materials in many ways. Because it is applied directly to the surface, spray foam can conform to any wall shape; it requires less physical space, which means that tighter areas can be insulated; it generates less waste and requires less labor during installation; it offers greater indoor air quality; and it is more effective in controlling thermal comfort and noise levels. Unlike traditional insulation, spray foam is also water resistant, which means that in the event of water leakages or flooding, it will not be damaged. Though its initial costs may be higher than that of traditional insulation, over the course of its lifetime spray foam insulation will show great returns because of the ways that it maximizes the energy efficiency of a home and even increases its resale value.
Two types of spray foam insulation exist—closed-cell and open-cell—each with their own unique properties which make them more applicable in certain areas of the home. Closed-cell spray insulation is best used for applications to exterior walls, basement areas, and crawlspaces; it provides a more effective barrier against higher volumes of water, which makes it ideal in areas of the country where flooding is a concern; it can be applied at low temperatures; and it increases the structural integrity of a home, which adds fortification against high winds. Open-cell spray foam insulation is more suited to interior walls, ceilings, and attic spaces; costs significantly less to install than closed-cell; and is flexible enough to accommodate the structural shifts that naturally occur in a home over time. Many homes use a combination of both types, so discuss your options with a home remodeling contractor or custom home builder as the plans for your home take shape.
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