Spray foam insulation began as a military insulator for airplanes in the 1940’s. Beginning in the 1970’s, it was introduced for domestic use in homes and businesses. Spray foam insulation expands and hardens when the two composite materials come in contact with each other. Spray foam insulation triumphs over traditional insulation in several ways.
Air Tight Seal
First, the spray foam insulation process creates an airtight seal. A technician sprays the two materials simultaneously from a gun. As the materials meet, they begin to expand and harden, filling even the smallest nooks and crannies. This process and materials create the highest resistance value on the market, in other words, the best ability to provide an airtight seal. Spray foam insulation is especially beneficial in attic or crawl spaces because it creates an air barrier keeping the cold air in and hot air out during the summer. Traditional insulation is twenty four times more likely to let in air.
Spray foam insulation protects against water damage in two ways. First, filling all of the nooks and crannies of your home not only prevents air form entering, it also keeps water out of unexpected places.
Second, traditional insulation is extremely absorbent and must be replaced after coming in contact with water. If it is not replaced, mold and mildew will begin to grow at a rapid rate. However, in the event of a flood, spray foam insulation will not absorb water. The materials are water resistant and not at all absorbent. In addition to this, spray foam insulation does not hold a food source for mold and discourages growth.
Not only will spray foam insulation protect your home from air leaks and water seepage, it is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional types of insulation. Homes use a significant portion of their total energy usage on heating and cooling the structure. Studies show that spray foam insulation can reduce your energy consumption by twenty percent because it creates a tighter seal and performs better than other methods. This energy savings translates to monetary savings for homeowners.
Spray foam insulation also performs at optimal levels for an indefinite amount of time, and is not affected by air and water like traditional insulation methods. This element reduces the amount of landfill waste that is a necessary byproduct of insulating homes. Furthermore this fact means less money out of pocket for homeowners on replacing insulation after a disaster such as flooding, busted pipes, or mildew.
Spray foam insulation also contains personal benefits for the homeowner. We’ve already discussed savings due to lower energy bills and decreased likelihood of costly repairs. In some areas, homeowners may be able to apply for both state and federal tax deductions due to the energy efficient nature of spray foam insulation.
Homeowners who choose spray foam insulation also enjoy its noise reduction qualities. When sprayed between bedroom walls, or the space between a ceiling and second floor, the noise level decreases significantly. Parents find this extremely usefully when kids hit their teenage years!
Spray foam insulation also increases the efficiency of your HVAC system. HVAC systems are costly to maintain and repair, and allowing it to work more efficiently puts less strain on the parts contained in the system. Some homes may see enough energy savings to downsize their HVAC system without loss of efficiency or comfort.
In addition to its many benefits, spray foam insulation can be used almost anywhere, including attic hatches, wiring holes, plumbing vents, duct chase ways, and around windows and doors. Contact your local insulation installer today to take full advantage of these and other benefits!