Spray foam insulation is the newest method of insulating your home or building on the marketplace, as seen on home and garden channels.
Spray foam insulation saves on energy costs and lowers utility bills. Studies by the US Department of Energy show that 40% of a home’s energy is lost as the result of air infiltration through walls, windows and doorways. Buildings treated with spray foam insulation typically insulate as much as 50% better than traditional insulation products.
Insulation that is sprayed in buildings protects against moisture, which provides the benefit of reducing the chance of harmful mold and mildew. Also, eliminating mold growth reduces the likelihood of rotting wood in a home and allergic reactions to mold spores. In addition to building temperature and moisture control, spray foam insulation is often used to reduce noise. Foam insulation serves as a barrier to airborne sounds, and reduces airborne sound transfer through a building’s roof, floor and walls.
Cost and cleanliness aside, there are clear benefits to using spray foam insulation. As a spray, it can get into and fill tiny nooks and crannies, providing better insulation. This can eliminate drafts and keep the building warmer when it’s cold. No cold air can escape in the summer, either. These advantages can help lower the building’s utility bills. By filling cracks and crevices, foam insulation also helps keep bugs and vermin from getting into the building, which can help save on extermination bills.
Spray foam insulation adheres well to surfaces, so it can stick to the inside of walls or can be applied to the underside of floors and insulate from underneath. Homes that are insulated with spray foam often have a higher resale value than those that use fiberglass insulation or other types of insulation. There are environmental advantages as well; most notably, there aren’t any fiberglass particles floating around in the air. Spray foam insulation also does not cause itching when it is touched, and it inhibits mold growth because it doesn’t absorb water.