If you’re wondering about your next home improvement project and want to make your home more efficient and durable, spray foam insulation is the right choice!
If you’re not familiar with spray foam insulation, think of a foam coffee cup or a foam ice chest. Both products can keep in heat and cold, while protecting the exterior from transferring temperature inside the vessel. Spray foam insulation under siding does exactly the same thing for your house.
Installing foam insulation doesn’t just insulate your home in the same way as fiberglass, cellulose, or other insulation products—it also seals air leaks. Why does this matter? Proper sealing with foam insulation prevents conditioned inside air from escaping through cracks and crevices, and it also prevents unconditioned air from finding its way into the spaces you’re paying to keep comfortable.
These cracks and crevasses exist in places where you can’t always see them—around recessed (can) lights, plumbing stacks, electrical wires, attic hatches or doors, chimneys or flues, and duct chases. Installing foam insulation fills every one of those points of escape, which means the conditioned air you’ve already paid for stays inside your home.
There are two types of insulation made from spray foam:
Open Cell Spray Foam
Open cell spray foam insulation works as an insulator and an air barrier. The typical R-value of open cell foam is 3.6 to 4.45 per inch. Other features of open cell spray foam insulation are that:
Closed Cell Spray Foam
As with open cell spray foam insulation, closed cell spray foam also works as both an insulator and air barrier. The Typical R-value of closed cell foam is 7 per inch. Other features of closed cell spray foam insulation are:
In addition to this energy-efficient insulation’s ability to insulate and seal air leaks at the same time, spray foam insulation has a host of other benefits for home insulation. The benefits include:
Watch this video to learn about some of the benefits of using spray foam insulation when building a new home or remodeling your existing home.
Energy prices are projected to nearly double in the next two decades. Homes that are traditionally insulated, under insulated or do not have air sealing will generate energy bills that will be difficult for homeowners to afford. Spray foam insulation can decrease energy bills by up to 40%.
Ready to talk to one of our seasoned foam specialists? Contact us for a free estimate today. Our team will help you understand all your options so you can make your home more comfortable, durable, and energy efficient.