Your insulation is only as effective as its capacity to prevent air leakage. If it doesn’t reach into the cracks and crannies of your building, Mother Nature will find a way through. Moisture causes mold that, in turn, causes decay. Insulation thus has a direct impact on the longevity of your architecture and furnishings. Spray foam insulation seals the weather out better than any other product. It’s particularly handy in rooms with many hard-to-reach nooks and corners. There’s no better way to insulate your unvented roofing and basement, but its benefits go beyond mere weatherproofing. It:
- Prevents pollutants and allergens from penetrating your interior
- Mutes outdoor noise for a quieter interior
- Prevents drafts and condensation
- Seals cracks
Understanding Spray Foam
Most spray foam insulators are made from polyurethane — a material with extremely low moisture-vapor permeability. It resists moisture well and has a respectable amount of mechanical strength. The application process improves its insulating talents even more because wet foam can penetrate hard-to-reach places that would otherwise cause breaks in your insulation. Polyurethane foam has closed cells that guarantee airtightness and impermeability.
Improving Your Air Quality
Much of the air you breathe at home comes from crevices and crawl spaces where mold proliferates. This air releases toxins with long-term health effects. Spray foam keeps moisture out, reducing the odds of allergenic mold formation. It also blocks out the pollens and dust that usually pass through your insulation. Essentially, it builds an impenetrable, moisture-resistant shell for your home, and that has important effects on your family’s health.
Reducing Noise Pollution
Noise pollution’s effects on the body are rarely acknowledged, but prolonged exposure has very real effects on both physical and mental health. At best, it causes stress and productivity losses. At worst, it leads to cardiovascular disease and cognitive problems. Polyurethane foam has excellent sound absorption properties, particularly when densely applied.
Improving Indoor Climate
Air leaks cause 40% of a building’s energy loss. A cool, dry indoor climate contributes to your comfort and happiness, but drafts have a way of sneaking through the toughest architecture. Windows and doors might be their most common entry point, but attics and eaves are also common weak spots. Heat rises, so an estimated 25% of household heat loss happens via your attic or roof. Cracks, holes and poorly placed vents are difficult to seal with most insulations. Spray foam is up for the task, though. It’s just what your home needs to sustain a comfortable interior.
A poorly-sealed home is expensive to maintain due to structural damage caused by air leaks. Those leaks do more damage than you might think. Attics are often a source of contaminated air laced with fiberglass, mold and asbestos. Even if you test your house for airtightness, the sealing process is far from simple. You can use poly foam for irregular and hard-to-reach places that ordinary insulators can’t touch. This will seal heat indoors and decrease your heating costs. An air-sealed home is durable and comfortable. It’s cheaper to run and its air is healthier to breathe.
Sticking to Your Budget
Fiberglass is the cheapest insulation on the market, but looseness and tears reduce its insulating powers. Spray foam offers the highest R-value per inch in the industry today. It’s more economical than foam boards and slow to drift, so it gives you a lasting solution that can fill the most challenging spaces.
Spray foam has brought its unique properties to homes across the world for over half a century. It’s earned its spot in the market by producing superlative results year upon year. Call us today to discuss your options.