Many people these days are going with the best insulation out there, spray foam, to maximize the efficiency of their home or business. This foam is installed by mixing two components, isocyanate and polyol resin, through a heated hose and a mixing gun that sprays it onto the preferred surface. It can be sprayed onto the surface of your walls, ceilings or sub-floors. Upon spraying, it will then stick, expand and harden. Now, since the material being sprayed will stick to anything, it can be installed in hard to reach places in unusually shaped buildings, small crawl spaces, ceilings, kick-outs, etc. After it sticks and is in the expansion process, it is actually filling in all of the cracks and crevices of your structure with a lock-tight seal. Typical fiberglass and other insulating materials simply cannot reach these small cracks and tiny areas. Lastly, when it hardens it completely holds in place, no drooping or coming loose after time.
Since you understand now how it is installed, you should be informed of what benefits you can expect from this insulation. A significant drop in electricity bills will occur immediately after installing this foam. It will lower your cooling and heating bill anywhere from 30-50% year round. Since there is now nowhere for your cool or warm air to escape and nowhere for the cool or warm air outside to enter, there is less you need to work your central airing systems. Just this decrease in bills will actually pay for the amount you spend to have it installed along with continuous savings for the life of your building.
Another great factor on this kind of insulation is that it has a very unique moisture barrier. In many cases, homes that have typical insulation like fiberglass allow the outside air to meet with the inside air creating moisture, which results in mildew and mold inside the building structure. This mold and mildew can cause structural damage through time and more importantly can cause many health issues for anyone residing in it.
Good health is very important in keeping you and your family healthy. Not only does the spray foam insulation protect you from mold and mildew but it also has more benefits that will make your home a healthier one. For instance, other things like dust, allergens, odors and pollutants from outside are completely sealed off with spray foam insulation. Also, fiberglass is loose, unlike this foam, and tends to send particles and fibers floating all around your household and into your lungs, causing asthma and allergy problems. According to the American Lung Association, 50% of households in America have at least one person in each home that suffers from allergies or asthma.
One of the last important things that spray foam insulation can provide is a sound barrier and a barrier to critters coming in your home. By filling in those cracks and crevices that were mentioned earlier, this will also block out sound and noises from outside. Thus, a quieter, happier living environment. This also allows less spaces for critters or pests to enter your structure.
These are just a few examples of the benefits of polyurethane foam. The list goes on. So, whether you are building a new structure or want to improve the quality of an already insulated building, choose the best out there– polyurethane foam– and expect to get the best results.