A properly insulated hoe is one of the most important factors in reducing your heating and cooling expenses. So you may ask, what is the best insulation for my home?
Spray Foam Insulation
Foam insulation comes in two different forms. There is the open cell and the closed cell insulation. Both of these are made up from a polyurethane material but they have different agents added to them. Some of the agents are made from a biodegradable material like soybeans which makes this material more environmentally friendly. Foam is the best insulate for keeping the air outside from getting in and vise versa. Additionally, foam has a high R-value.
The cost of spray foam insulation will vary depending on the thickness of the walls and the type of foam being used. Spray foam insulation is the best insulate on the market and ideally the way to go if it fits your budget. Spray foam insulation will lower your heating and cooling costs when it is installed correctly. An added benefit of foam insulation is that it creates a barrier that keeps out dust, mold and other allergens, plus it doesn’t sag and deteriorate over time.
Open cell foam is mostly used for residential applications because it is less expensive to install and it is much easier to work with once it is in place. Open cell insulation makes an excellent roof deck insulator because it allows water to penetrate. Because water can penetrate the insulation a roofer is able to locate a roof leak before the decking deteriorates. The greatest benefit to open cell insulation comes from it’s ability to transfer heat in sunny locations. It takes about 36 hours of sun to penetrate 8″ of foam insulate. What this means is that once the house is cooled down it will stay cool.
Closed cell foam insulate is more of a structural component because it can support some weight without compressing. Also, water is unable to penetrate closed cell foam making it an excellent insulator in basements and crawlspaces. Closed cell foam insulate also has a higher R-value per inch. This material is more difficult to work with because it is rigid after installation. Closed cell is used more in commercial applications than in residential.
Benefits of Foam Insulation
Foam insulation will keep the mold out of walls. Mold can grow in walls that are insulated with Batt insulation much more easily. The Batt material is organic so mold can grow on the insulation itself. Additionally, Batt insulation creates a “thermal loop effect” where the heat penetrates through the exterior wall and comes in contact with the cooler air on the interior surface of the dry wall. This causes moisture to form. If the moisture reaches more than 25% it can provide an environment that is perfect for mold to grow. Spray foam insulate blocks the heat transfer and leaves no air gaps for moisture to form. Foam insulate is also good for crawl spaces and basements where the water table is high and cement walls sweat.
We are all looking for a more comfortable and energy efficient home. Denver Spray foam insulation can give you the warmth you want and need in the winter while creating a cool environment in the summer. You’ll find that your heating and cooling systems can be smaller and will draw less energy saving you hundreds on your utility bill over the years.
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