Spray foam insulation has been used in U.S. homes since the 1970s, offering a more customizable and effective form of home insulation that many other insulation products. This versatile insulation option is not only cost-effective and energy-saving, it can improve the breathability of your home’s air and support your home’s existing structure for even greater strength and integrity.
How Spray Foam Works
Spray foam is comprised of two components: polyurethane and polyol resin. These two components are kept separate until the insulation is applied via a spray gun. During application, the two materials mix in the tip of the gun and form an expanding foam insulation that can be applied into any area and onto any surface of your home. Spray foam may be applied using either high or low pressure; high-pressure systems are typically used in new home construction, when spray foam is applied into the structure of the home before the finished surfaces are put in place. Low-pressure application systems are generally used in existing homes, when spray foam is used to replace or supplement existing insulation. Furthermore, spray foam is available in open and closed cell varieties. Open cell spray foam provides insulation against air exchange and is excellent for soundproofing applications, but is permeable to moisture and should only be used in home interiors. Closed cell spray foam creates a barrier against both air and moisture; this type of insulation is best in areas that are exposed to the elements, such as roofing and home exteriors.
How Spray Foam Benefits Your Home
Unlike other forms of insulation, spray foam is completely customizable. Traditional insulation blankets or rolls must be cut and fitted into place. This type of insulation may not completely cover every area of your home and cannot be used to close small or oddly-shaped cavities or holes. Traditional fiberglass batting can leave small gaps that allow enough air leakage into your home each day to fill two standard-sized air blimps. By contrast, spray foam creates a perfect barrier against both air and moisture, offering not only better insulating properties, but preventing leaks and mold growth as well. Because it is sprayed into place and expands to fill all available space, spray foam insulation can be used to create an insulating barrier in absolutely any area of your home , including around pipes, inside cracks, and between adjacent building components to prevent any type of air leakage and energy loss. You can choose to replace all your insulation with spray foam, or simply seal any small cracks and holes that appear as a result of normal wear and tear to continue enjoying greater energy efficiency at home. Finally, spray foam’s soundproofing qualities can improve your quality of life in ways beyond energy savings, creating a more comfortable and relaxing home environment in which you can escape the noise of the outside world. This property can be particularly beneficial for homes in busy areas, as well as for large families who want to enjoy peace and quiet from room to room within a single home.
Spray foam insulation will not only improve the comfort of your home, it can help you save money and may even qualify your household for tax credits. Click through our website to find out more about spray foam application and the other insulation products we offer throughout Long Island and the New York Metropolitan Area, including cellulose, fiberglass, and attic and basement insulation solutions .