Spray foam insulation is a popular choice these days. Spray foam is often made of oil- or petroleum-based liquid plastics that expand quickly and harden to form an impressively strong insulation. This system has been taking hold over the last few years and is considered “green” for its energy efficiency. But is spray foam insulation the right choice for you? Let’s look at its advantages and find out:
One of the biggest reasons people choose spray foam insulation for their homes is the price tag. While the initial setup may cost some money, it will more than pay for itself by providing more complete leak protection for your home and lowering your energy bill on a consistent basis. Since leaks around windows, doors, outlets, and ducts are one of the main reasons that people pay too much for power, spray foam is invaluable.
Can be added to a new construction or existing walls
This is another plus. Spray foam comes in a couple of forms and is able to be installed in virtually any space –whether between walls or along the roof. This insulation can be included as part of the construction process or it can be added in later, in any existing structure, without having to rip out the walls.
Spray foam is particularly dense – much more so than cellulose and many other types of insulation. This is the reason that so little air can get in or out. There are two main types of spray foam: open-cell and closed-cell. Open-cell foam is particularly good for air and soundproofing; closed-cell foam is even denser and ideal for locations that deal with a lot of dampness and wind, which it is resistant to.
Spray foam has an incredibly good R-value, which signifies its resistance to heat flow (higher R-values are generally better when it comes to insulation). Our open-cell insulation has an R-value of 3.7+ per inch, while our closed-cell insulation has a ridiculously good 6.4+ per inch R-value.
When choosing insulation, it’s important to educate yourself on the different types and how beneficial they are. In addition to spray foam, we have fiberglass and cotton fiber batts. Call or contact us at Virginia Foam with any questions about our products and which one would be right for your home!