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Advantages of Foam Insulation

Insulation is Much More Than Just R-value

Fiberglass and blown-in insulation is rated mostly by R-value, which is the ability to block heat escaping or outdoor elements from entering. R-value is an important factor, but not the only one to consider. Though common fiberglass insulation provides great R-protection, it also allows for more airflow and condensation. This can cause energy loss and contribute to expensive utility bills.

Made of polyurethane, spray foam insulation delivers an R-value of 3.6 per inch of thickness (or more), as well as eliminating air flow by creating a thermal seal. (conduction vs convection)

Comfort, Value & Efficiency

Cost, value and efficiency are top priorities for most people looking for alternative ways to lower utility bills in a home or business. Air leakage can add up to a substantial energy loss, and if not well sealed, gaps left throughout a building can equal a basketball-sized leak, enough to fill two blimps every day. Many traditionally insulated buildings or homes can lose up to 40% of their energy through air flow and leaky ducts. As a result, monthly savings of 30% are possible by reducing the size of HVAC systems along with well sealed and insulated walls and roofs.

The initial cost of foam insulation may be higher than fiberglass or blown-in insulation, but the savings in utility bills will recover the additional cost in as little as 5 years. For example, using foam insulation may increase your monthly mortgage by $15, but decrease your utility bills by $65 gaining a net savings of $50 each month.

Health & Safety

Foam insulation blocks outdoor weather and creates a thermal envelope that seals a home or business, but also provides another bigger advantage by lowering unwanted air movement between inside and outside. This helps to eliminate dust, pollution, pollen infiltration and lessens radon pollution. By working to prevent moisture and condensation infiltration, foam insulation also helps prevent mold and mildew growth.

Foam insulation has a Class 1 fire rating, exceeding the requirements for flame spread and smoke development. Made to resist heat, the insulation does double duty by withstanding water and flame in the event of a fire.

Benefits & Advantages

  • Heating and cooling costs decrease
  • Seals and insulates in one application
  • Comfortable, draft-free environment
  • R-values do not deteriorate over time
  • Does not settle or compact in cavities
  • Saves energy operating costs of 30-50% per year
  • Aids in consistent temperatures
  • Reduces dust and pollen infiltration
  • Adds structural strength to the building
  • Lessens the likelihood of mold
  • Reduces noise
  • Reduces ice damage
  • Reduces HVAC capacity requirements
  • Good for the life of the building
  • Often no building wrap or additional vapor protection is required