Spray foam insulation offers a number of benefits to homeowners, and if you are considering putting an addition onto your home, are planning a new construction project, or simply looking for ways to lower your energy costs, there are good reasons to choose spray foam insulation.
How Spray Foam Works
Polyurethane foam can be sprayed directly into wall and floor cavities. It goes in as a liquid and then hardens into a thick, foam insulation.
There are two different categories of foam. Open-cell foam is used for insulating interior walls. It is a superior product to fibreglass batts for this purpose, but it is not as good as closed-cell foam. The closed-cell formulation has a higher density and is used for making an airtight seal. It is resistant to mould growth, and is preferable to using fibreglass, which can trap and hold unwanted moisture in your walls.
Benefits of Insulating with Spray Foam
- Higher R-Value
At up to R6 per inch, closed-cell foam will give you the highest R-value per inch available on the market. With fibreglass insulation, it’s possible to get gaps or even missing pieces between the batts, which will result in heat loss. When foam is installed by an experienced contractor, this is less likely to occur, since it is sprayed into place.
- Saves Space
Spray foam takes up much less space than fibreglass. The actual thickness depends on where it is placed, but the average is about three inches deep after installation.
- Lower Energy Costs
When combined with an energy-efficient furnace, you can save up to 40% on your energy costs if your house is reinsulated with spray foam.
- Higher Resale Value
Potential buyers will be impressed with the lower energy costs associated with the spray foam insulation, which will make your home very attractive when you wish to sell it.
- Lower Risk of Mould Growth
If anyone in your home suffers from asthma or other airborne allergies, you’ll be particularly interested to know that spray foam insulation protects against mould growth. Even for people who are not affected by respiratory issues, mould can lead to severe health issues if it is not properly dealt with.
To find out more about quality insulation for your home and get a free quote, contact George Kent Home Improvements Ltd. today.