When undertaking a renovation or remodeling project, updating the insulation is something that should be investigated. Significant improvements and savings can be realized by taking advantage of modern materials and techniques. Something that should be given sincere consideration is spray foam insulation.
Spray foam insulation offers several green advantages over traditional insulation.
R-value is the ability of an insulating material to resist heat flow. Spray foam insulation enjoys one of the best R-values in the industry being able to achieve an R6-value rating. Part of the reason for this superior performance is the ability of the foam to penetrate minute cracks in surfaces, giving a tighter overall seal against heat loss. A superior R-value means less insulation is needed and what is used works more efficiently.
Traditional insulation can offer 30% on energy savings. Spray foam insulation allows for up to 50% savings due to its comprehensive coverage and the material’s capacity to create a seal. Better insulation means less energy expended in heating and cooling and a more consistent temperature in your home.
Spray foam insulation provides an all-inclusive barrier protecting your building. Surfaces sealed with foam keep out air drafts and repel moisture. Eliminating any cracks and moisture reduces the risk of mold buildup, prevents insect infestation and lessens the amount of pollen and dust throughout your home.
Spray foam insulation is very durable with an indefinite lifespan meaning you don’t have to worry about doing any replacement – ever. Because it bonds with surfaces, spray foam will remain snug in its place unlike other types of insulation that begins to pull away from walls over time.
While the positives of using spray foam in your home remodel or renovation seem endless there are a few drawbacks that should be noted. Installation can be challenging and is best done by a professional. The up-front cost of spray foam is usually steeper than other forms of insulation. Which means that if spray foam insulation is not properly installed you will not see any overall cost benefit.