Quality Spray Foam Insulation LLC FAQ
What is Spray Foam Insulation?
In short, Spray Foam Insulation is a spray in place two-part liquid. When combined together and sprayed on a surface at high pressures and temperatures, it creates a chemical reaction that in turn creates polyurethane foam. Spray Foam insulation has a higher R-value than other insulation materials such as fiberglass and blown in cellulose. It has characteristics that stops air from moving thru and around it. It adheres to whatever it is applied to and keeps its form. Both fiberglass and cellulose, due to gravity, tend to compress on top of ceilings and drop down inside of walls. Over time, both fiberglass and cellulose lose R-value and the ability to insulate. There are two types of spray foam insulation, Open cell and Closed cell. Open cell, which we use 95% of the time, has a high rate of expansion and finishes soft and fluffy. It effectively seals every nook and cranny, stopping air infiltration. Closed cell foam has a much lower rate of expansion and finishes hard and dense. It is a true vapor barrier and water won’t go thru it. Normally we only use closed cell foam on applications where water might be an issue, such as basement walls or exterior applications. Depending on the conditions and what you need insulated will determine which type of spray foam should be applied.
How much does Spray Foam Insulation cost?
Figuring labor and material, Spray Foam usually costs about twice as much as traditional fiberglass batts and blown in insulation. However, with the savings you will see on your heating and cooling costs, you will recoup the extra money spent on spray foam in as little as 2 to 3 years. After that it’s like putting all of the money you would have been spending on utility bills in the bank.
Is Spray Foam insulation really better than fiberglass batts or blown in cellulose?
YES. Spray foam has a higher R-value than fiberglass and cellulose insulations. Also, Spray foam insulation seals every crack and forms to the structure it is being sprayed to, preventing air infiltration. Fiberglass and blown in insulations allow air to move thru and around them. In any structure you will have what is known as draft effect. As we all know, warm air rises and causes air currents to start circulating. When the warm air rises and escapes out thru your ceilings and roof, cooler air has to come in at the lower levels to replace the air lost, causing cold drafts in your home and extreme heat loss. Spray foam practically stops draft effect and allows the set temperature (warm or cool) to stay constant for longer periods of time, greatly increasing the efficiency of your heating and cooling system, and saving you money.
Will Spray Foam help prevent mold from growing?
YES. When cool air meets warm air, it causes condensation to form inside your walls, under the floor and in your attic. The presence of water along with the paper backing on sheetrock and fiberglass batts, is a perfect food source for mold to start growing, sometimes at alarming rates! Since spray foam stops air infiltration and prevents warm and cool air from meeting together, mold is practically nonexistent.
Where can Spray Foam be used?
EVERYWHERE. Residential, Commercial and Industrial. Anything that needs insulated, can be insulated with Spray Foam. From new home construction, to updating the insulation in existing homes. We have insulated everything from pole barns to big warehouses, campers, shipping containers, water retaining tanks, the list is endless.