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Pros & Cons of Spray Foam Insulation

17 January 2019

What You Need to Know About Spray Foam Insulation

When it comes to your home’s insulation, it’s hard to beat the insulation quality that spray foam can supply. Spray foam insulation outperforms all other insulation materials when it comes to R-value, resistance to mold and moisture damage, durability, air sealing, and versatility.

Spray foam insulation uses a chemical compound that expands as it is applied and at the same time air seals and insulates the application area, a two for one deal! When your home is well-sealed it increases comfort, reduces noise from outside, lessens pollen, dust, and insects entering your home, and provides better humidity control.

Spray foam can be used for a variety of purposes like attics, crawl spaces and walls. At Home Solutions of Iowa, we specialize in spray foam installation that makes your home more efficient and comfortable. Below are the key advantages and disadvantages of spray foam insulation.

 

Spray foam insulation can be used to insulate duct work in the attic as pictured. It's rigid enough to handle the metal expanding and contracting that happens when the ductwork heats and cools your home.
Spray foam insulation can be used to insulate ductwork in the attic as pictured. It’s rigid enough to handle the metal expanding and contracting that happens when the ductwork heats and cools your home.

 

Spray Foam Pros

  • Excellent gap and crack filling capabilities
  • Adds strength to framing and sheathing
  • Stops air leaks in addition to providing insulation value
  • Higher R-Value per inch
  • Blocks and absorbs sound
  • Increases Comfort
  • Lessens pollen, dust, and insects entering your home
  • Provides better humidity control

 

Spray Foam Cons

  • More expensive material
  • Protective clothing and respirators must be worn during installation
  • Occupants must leave the installation area (about 2 hours) until foam cures.

 

Our Thoughts

Spray foam is the ultimate energy efficient option. In most cases, the cost of spray foam insulation is more than worth it. It is a one and done kind of upgrade that not only provides energy efficiency but will improve your home’s overall comfort for years to come.

 

The rim joist is a large source of energy loss. The rim joist is the edge of the wood floor framing system that sits on top of the homes foundation walls. Spray foam air seals and insulates the rim joist making it the best material for insulating this area.
The rim joist is a large source of energy loss. The rim joist is the edge of the wood floor framing system that sits on top of the homes foundation walls. Spray foam air seals and insulates the rim joist making it the best material for insulating this area.

 

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