You’ve probably heard of spray foam insulation before but you might not realize just how effective it can be in terms of keeping your home or office warmer during the winter months. In fact, some companies have been using it as a primary material in order to help keep homes more energy efficient and to protect them from damage due to weather. It’s not always a very pretty sight when you get a spray full of white stuff blasting up into your walls, ceilings, and flooring. That’s because spray foam insulation is often used in commercial spaces instead of other more traditional materials. The good news is that it’s a fairly inexpensive way to go about heating and cooling your home. Here are some things to remember if you’re thinking about installing or replacing your existing foam insulation.
Is Spray Foam Insulation Right For Your Structure?
Spray foam insulation is actually a sprayed foam compound of polyurethane that’s put into the walls of your home or commercial building structure rather than one of the many other typical methods of insulating. Open cell spray foam insulation is usually less dense and is used less often. What this means is that over time it can reduce the structural integrity of your building structure, especially in homes where certain areas have constant moisture problems.
Spray foam may not be the right material for every application and in some cases it can be less effective than fiberglass based spray insulation products. For example, in cases where a building is found to have cracks in the roof, the traditional spray foams may not be able to be applied adequately to combat that problem because of the pore size and air tightness issues involved. Fiberglass based spray foams work great on these types of cracks because they are sprayed into the crevices, which are already available and can’t be sealed because of their nature. On the other hand, spray foam insulation does not have the tight fit needed to stop moisture from leaking out into the home or business.