Spray Foam Insulation: 2 in 1 Solution
High Performance & Versatile Insulation
The quality of spray foam is hard to beat when it comes to your home’s comfort. There are different types of spray foam options for different applications within your home. Spray foam insulation outperforms all other insulation materials in terms of R-value, resistance to mold and moisture damage, durability, air sealing, and versatility. We typically use spray foam in basements, rim joists, crawl spaces, walls, attics and more.
For larger jobs, we use two-part foam. With 2-part spray foam, it’s necessary to mix separate resin and catalyst compounds at the application nozzle. Combining these ingredients starts a chemical reaction that creates expanding foam. Two-part spray foam offers higher R-values for wall, floor, and roofing assemblies.
In a typical Iowa home, the rim joist area is a large source of energy loss. The best material for insulating the rim joist is spray foam because it is resistant to water, offers superior R-value, and seals the air leaks – all in one application.
How Spray Foam Works
The 2 in 1 solution. Spray foam combines air sealing while simultaneously insulating. Wherever it is applied, it will diminish air leaking from the home and help provide an air barrier. By installing spray foam, you can increase comfort, reduce noise from outside, lessen pollen, dust, and insects entering your home, and provide better humidity control.
The Cost of Spray Foam
In order to figure out the cost of spray foam, we need to discuss how is measured. It is not measured in your standard feet, meters, or even square feet, it is measured in board feet. A board foot is calculated from the square footage of the cavities in the areas that are being insulated (wall, ceiling, rim joist). The dimensions of a board foot are 12 inches by 12 inches by 1 inch.
Is This Something I Can Do Myself? Or Should I Leave it to a Professional
Yes, you can install spray foam yourself but here are some things you should think about beforehand:
- You will need to purchase a spray foam kit, keep in mind that the size of the area along with the proper thickness needed for insulation can get costly if you need to purchase multiple.
- Cost of materials such as a hooded suit, eye protection, gloves, and masks
- Hoses and guns can become clogged and buying replacements is another added expense.
Once thought of as a quick and easy job that you could handle and save some money could quickly become a job too big for your abilities. Yes, a contractor would be more expensive, but that extra cost comes with peace of mind that the job will be done correctly. Save yourself the headache, of wasted time and materials, and prevent damage to your home.