Spray foam has been around since the 1940’s, primarily used in aircraft carriers. However with continuous technological advances and product innovation, spray foam insulation has become popular in residential and commercial construction in recent years. Below are 3 things you should know about spray foam insulation before getting started insulating your home.
Due to its wide variety of uses, there are a ton of different spray foam products and kits on the market. While some products may boast “insulating properties” we strongly recommend hiring a professional for this job. Insulating your home should be left to the professionals for a many reasons.
One main reason is that spray foam truly is an art and takes a bit of chemistry to get right. If the chemicals aren’t mixed correctly, they can pull away from the surface or cause lingering odors that can lead to heath problems. If not applied correctly, gaps and holes left in insulation areas can cause the insulation to be less effective. If the product isn’t suited for your climate, it can be ineffective and can lead to mold and mildew growth, and possibly roof rot due to improper moisture and temperature management.
When installed correctly, there are endless benefits to this insulation method. One of the key differences between spray foam and traditional fiberglass insulation is that spray foam has the ability to insulate and air seal. Because of this, spray foam has become a favorable insulation product for commercial and residential projects.
Air sealing with spray foam insulation helps mitigate air leakage from the building, as well as reduces the risk of mold and mildew growth. When compared to fiberglass insulation, spray foam insulation minimizes air infiltration and helps limit moisture from entering and escaping the home, which in turn reduces the workload for heating and cooling systems.
A few other benefits of spray foam insulation is that the installation process is fairly quick and simple. Once sprayed in place, the foam mixture expands and hardens, creating a vapor barrier and filling any small holes that might compromise the building envelope. Because this insulation application is sprayed in place, it can be applied in horizontal, vertical, or on sloped surfaces with ease. Since spray foam is a synthetic product, it doesn’t attract rodents or insects. Our state of the art insulation also helps improve air quality by keeping out unwanted pollutants.
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