• Energy efficiency of Spray Foam Insulation vs Conventional Insulation

  • The composition of fiberglass insulation does not stop air from passing through it. On average, more than 30% of heat or air conditioning escapes where fiberglass insulation is installed. If poorly installed, fiberglass can also leave spaces around fixtures, allowing even more heating or cooling to escape.

    Spray foam insulation fills all spaces, preventing air from escaping. It acts as an air barrier. Spray foam insulation is significantly more efficient than fiberglass and has a higher R-value.

Home owner benefits with spray foam insulation

Energy Efficiency

Whether it is whole home insulations, retro-fitting an existing attic or spraying foam in a basement, all solutions have a dramatic effect on your monthly energy consumption. Typical applications may see a result of 50% reduction in heating and cooling costs. Important to note, is not only will a great reduction in energy consumption be produced, a vast reduction in your carbon emissions will also be seen in correspondence with the reduction of energy usage.

Environmental Benefits

Spray foam insulation may be the best thing for the environment in an array of environmentally-friendly products. It emits no CO2 of its own while it reduces heating and cooling related emissions by about 50% for new constructions and by even more in certain retrofit situations. Foam insulation will last for the life of the building, and will deliver peak performance. No formaldehyde, no ozone-depleting ingredients and no emissions of any kind – environmentally friendly.

No Health Issues

Unlike more traditional methods of insulation in today’s markets, spray foam insulation is free of all HFAs, HCFCs, HFCs, and formaldehyde. Once spray foam has cured and is in place, the final product is chemically dead and contains no health risks.

Sound Control

Sound waves are transmitted by different media, including air. The most drastic noise dampening occurs when the home or building is completely airtight. The super soft nature of open cell foam insulation not only provides an extraordinary air seal but also absorbs secondary reverberations for excellent sound dampening properties.

Indoor Air Quality

According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), indoor air quality is a major concern. Spray foam insulation battles this problem in two ways. Foam insulation is devoid of emissions and contaminants. It also improves the situation by nearly eliminating all unwanted moisture intrusion and related mold issues. This is also good news for people suffering from asthma, allergies and other respiratory ailments.

Why Spray Foam

Spray polyurethane foam insulation is fast becoming the most popular choice of insulation available. It is well-known for being a superior insulation material, it’s the most robust insulating material on the market today and is frequently utilized to insulate a wide variety of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings outperforming the traditional fiberglass insulation.

Spray polyurethane foam is a spray applied plastic that from a continuous insulation and air sealing barrier on walls, roofs, and on all curved surfaces.

Spray polyurethane foam insulation is known to resist radiant heat transfer extremely well, and it offers a highly effective solution in reducing unwanted air infiltration through cracks and joints.

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Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation:

  • Prevents air and moisture intrusion
  • Improves occupant comfort keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter
  • Lowers utility bills through reduced energy usage
  • Strengthens the building envelope
  • Permanent, sturdy, and does not sag
  • Keeps out dust, pollen, and bugs
  • Reduces airborne sound transfer through floors and walls including home theatres
  • Improves indoor air quality
  • Works well with more efficient HVAC equipment
  • Meets current building codes

There are two main typed of spray polyurethane foam used within commercial and residential construction:

  • Open Cell a low density 0.5 lb. foam with an R-value of 3.5 to 3.7 per inch, which is a soft and spongy material is used in internal applications only.
  • Closed Cell a medium density 2.0 lb. foam with an R-value of 6 per inch is a harder stronger material than open cell, is an excellent moisture barrier and can be used both externally and internally.

Because spray polyurethane foam is sprayed into place, it can be installed over a wide variety of substrates, including concrete, wood, steel, and most existing roof systems and can be applied on vertical or horizontal surface and acts as a thermal and air barrier filling cavities and blocking any hole that can cause air leakage.

 

 

Builder benefits with spray foam insulation

Increased Flexibility

When making the choice to use spray foam insulation in your building projects, you will find yourself with a new sense of freedom. No longer will the insulation in a building be a roadblock. With spray foam insulation, vaulted ceilings and varying substrates are no longer worries.

Simplified Construction

The multiple benefits of open and closed cell foams gives you the luxury to use one product to solve multiple concerns from a home owner or builder. Each type of foam, open and closed cell, comes with a number of inherent benefits such as sound control, vapor barriers and structural integrity that can not be found in traditional insulation methods. Spray foam can reduce your overall labor and material costs with its multifaceted characteristics.

Healthy Living

Unlike more traditional methods of insulation in today’s markets, spray foam insulation is free of all HFAs, HCFCs, HFCs and formaldehyde. In addition to being a chemically dead product once cured, spray foam insulation is one of the most effective methods for preventing mold in homes, giving you the comfort of knowing you’ve built a healthy and completely sustainable product for the life of the structure.

Structural Enhancement

Closed-cell spray foam insulation is the only type of insulation that is actually a FEMA approved vapor retarder. In addition, the rigid nature of the product adds tremendous strength to all types of homes and buildings alike. One product can provide flood protection, prevent wind damage and uplift troubles, as well as being the most efficient, environmentally friendly option for insulation available today.

Lifetime Performance

Choose to use either type of spray foam product and leave your building knowing that you can count on your insulation never settling, never sagging, and performing at the same high level from day one onward.