No matter the age of your home, insulation is an incredibly important part of maintaining your home’s comfort and energy efficiency.
Spray foam insulation can be an excellent way to seal your home or commercial building from the elements and reduce heating and cooling costs. Essentially, it’s sprayed on insulation that can fit into most residential and commercial applications.
Typically made of cellulose or fiberglass, closed cell spray foam is the only type of foam insulation that is primarily used today in residential construction. Commercial applications include spraying in wall cavities in open areas, and residential uses typically include filling wall cavities and attic floor insulation. It also has great air sealing qualities and is vapor impermeable, which is great for overall indoor air quality. It is commonly used to seal basement or crawl space rim joists, exterior top plates, and closed cavity or sealed vaulted ceilings.
While it can sometimes be implemented incorrectly when it’s mixed improperly to the wrong temperature, we take every precaution possible that we will be able to provide you with the best seal possible, paying attention to every detail.
Proper installation of insulation can greatly improve air quality and reduce HVAC equipment requirements and overall operating cost.
Our trusted experts use a very low VOC spray foam that allows for reentry within an hour. We have invested in having the best equipment available to ensure proper mix ratio. This equipment will not allow the spray foam to become “off ratio,” which could allow for leakage. This imbalance is the biggest concern with any two-part spray foam product. While it’s not always necessary to use this equipment, we know that the investment is paramount to ensuring a healthy home, and we want to ensure your satisfaction with our work. Your family’s health is our number one priority above all else.
Closed cell spray foam has between an R6 and R7 per inch once cured, which does a fantastic job of providing a thermal break between materials. The only down side of spray foam or SPF is cost. It is typically sold by the board foot (one square foot at 1”). Depending on the application, the cost typically runs between $0.90 and $1.00 a board foot. As with all types of construction, there are some exceptions and other factors that can increase that.
Common Spray Foam Insulation Questions
Q: How long does it take for spray foam insulation to cure?
A: Most foam insulation to be cured about 24 hours after being sprayed.
Q: Does SPF absorb water?
A: Yes. Open-cell foams naturally absorb and retain water.
Q: Is spray foam air-permeable?
A: When applied properly, spray foam will form an air-tight barrier.
Have more questions on your insulation? Your insulation technician will be happy to answer all of them. Give us a call any time at (720) 517-0011.