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One of the best things about spray foam insulation is that it’s perfectly suited for both old and new homes! Even though spray foam insulation is a little more expensive than other types (like fiberglass insulation), the many benefits of spray foam insulation can actually save you money on your monthly energy bills!
They are two different types of foam insulation – open cell and closed cell spray foam. Open cell spray foam insulation is cheaper and it’s better at blocking noises – it tends to be spongier because of the air that is trapped inside it’s cells. Closed cell insulation is much denser (basically solid) and works much better at keeping air and water from penetrating your home’s walls and roofs.
The 8 benefits of spray foam insulation
1. Heating and Cooling Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation
One of the best properties of spray foams is how it works its way into small cracks and crevices. Once the foam is sprayed directly into cracks it quickly expands and dries, instantly blocking all air and water from getting through.
Spray foam insulation is also ideal for insulating from both summer heatwaves and winter cold. Having your house insulated with spray foam can absolutely lower your heating and cooling bills, year round. Is may be a little more expensive than other types of insulation but spray foam insulation will save you money on your energy bills in the long-term.
2. Noise Reduction
Open cell spray foam insulation has the amazing ability to greatly reduce outside noise from entering your home. The open cells inside of the foam minimizes acts as a barrier to sound waves, even better than other insulation types.
3. Reduced Pollen And Allergens
Another benefit of spray foam insulation is the reduction in the amount of pollen and other allergens that are able to make it through your home’s exterior surfaces. Spray foam insulation flows into cracks and crevices, filling them as it expands. As a result air is unable to penetrate the walls, as it can with other types of insulation, like fibreglass.
By significantly reducing the amount of allergens that can gain access your home or building through cracks, anyone who suffers from allergies or a wide variety of respiratory conditions is going to be much more comfortable and healthy.
4. Prevents Insects And Small Rodents From Getting Inside
The tiny cracks in your home’s structure act as an invitation to insects and small rodents. Fortunately spray foam insulation fills these small cracks, acting as a barrier. Closed cell spray foam insulation is the perfect solution if you are looking to keep out these invaders. Once this foam expands into the cracks and crevices it hardens and creates a physical barrier.
5. Prevents The Growth Of Mold And Mildew
Both open cell and closed cell spray foam insulation can prevent moisture from migrating through the walls of your home or building, preventing condensation. However, closed cell spray foam insulation performs better when dealing with large quantities of water, due to it’s denser, harder structure.
And the less water that manages to gain access to your home, the lower the risk of mold and mildew issues creeping up. There’s almost nothing worst than black mold (also referred to toxic black mold) in your home – it’s severe health implications are very well known.
6. Increase In The Sturdiness Of Your Structure
because of its density and hardness, closed cell spray foam insulation is actually a blue to strengthen the structure of home or building. It manages to make it’s way into every crack and crevice and holds everything together just like glue.
Insulating your attic with closed cell spray foam insulation might just keep your roof attached during high winds. It also can help with heavy snow loads and even earthquakes (not much of a problem here in Lethbridge, AB, but 2020 isn’t over yet!).
7. It Simply Lasts Longer Than Other Types Of Insulation
Fiberglass and styrofoam insulation products aren’t intended to be long-term solutions. At some point their structure will break down or become damaged from general wear and tear, needing to be replaced.
Spray foam insulation, on the other hand, won’t sag or break over time. As long as your structure is undamaged, your spray foam insulation will remain intact.
Spray foam reduces your home or building’s heating and cooling requirements, allowing you to save money and use less energy – which is great for the environment.
It also protects your building from mold and mildew growth, meaning fewer repairs, resulting in less construction waste. And since it lasts longer than any other type of insulation, it consumes less raw materials.
No insulation is perfectly “green”, but spray foam insulation really does tick all the major boxes.