If you aren’t familiar with the different types of insulation, you might think all insulation is that fluffy pink fiberglass insulation that you typically see. Fiberglass insulation isn’t the only type of insulation and certainly isn’t the best option if you’re looking to be more energy efficient. Spray foam insulation is one of the best insulation methods for energy efficiency and increasing your home’s comfort. If you aren’t sure where to start when it comes to investing in insulation, here are some facts about spray foam insulation that can help you determine what your home needs.
WHAT IS SPRAY FOAM INSULATION?
Spray polyurethane foam (spray foam) insulation is a mixture of liquid chemical ingredients that react to produce a foam-like substance that we can use as insulation. Once it’s applied, the spray foam expands quickly, filling in even the smallest cracks and gaps. The foam will also harden quickly to create a strong air barrier. Spray foam insulation can expand to over 30% of its original size and custom fits around framing.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SPRAY FOAM INSULATION?
There are two main types of spray foam insulation: open and closed cell. Open cell spray foam has a lower R-value, which is the insulation’s thermal resistance. The higher the R-value, the better. Open cell spray foam also isn’t waterproof, can’t be used on the exterior, and isn’t effective as an air and vapor barrier. We use closed cell spray foam insulation for improving your home’s energy efficiency. The closed cell spray foam does have waterproofing abilities and acts as a thermal, air and vapor barrier. It also has a higher R-value and offers more structural reinforcement.
WHERE IS SPRAY FOAM INSULATION INSTALLED?
We typically install spray foam insulation in basement rim joist, crawl spaces, overhangs (or cantilevers), knee walls and bonus rooms. These are the areas of your home where air can easily escape and make your home less comfortable and energy efficient.
WHAT SHOULD SPRAY FOAM CUSTOMERS KNOW ABOUT SAFETY?
Spray foam insulation is a safe and effective method of insulating your home when it is installed properly. Installers follow a specific set of guidelines to make sure the insulation is installed safely. They will wear special personal protective equipment to prevent breathing in particles while installing the insulation and setting up a large fan to ventilate your home. Most spray foam installers require you to leave the home for 24 hours to let the foam cure, but our spray foam only requires you to leave for 12 hours. We also will install a thermal and ignition barrier paint over our foam to go beyond code minimum requirement to prevent fire hazards.
HOW DOES SPRAY FOAM INSULATION IMPROVE YOUR HOME’S PERFORMANCE?
Spray foam insulation fills gaps in your home’s structure more effectively than other insulation methods. Air can leak through these gaps, causing your HVAC system to work harder and use more energy to heat and cool your home. The high R-value of closed cell spray foam insulation can provide even more energy savings by better retaining heat in your home. It’s also recognized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as an effective way to minimize damage in the event of a flood. Spray foam is a tried and true investment, it lasts longer and doesn’t sag over time. The air sealing properties maintain your home at a comfortable temperature and reduce pollen and other allergens that can enter your home through insulation gaps.
Spray foam insulation is a smart investment for both your personal comfort and improving energy efficiency. Ecotelligent Homes is trained in installing spray foam insulation in Metro Detroit homes. We can start your insulation improvement project with a home energy audit to assess your home’s needs and determine if spray foam is the right investment for you.