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For this blog we’re going to discuss insulation, specifically the spray foam insulation we use in the vast majority of our homes.
What is it and how does it work?
Well…its foam! More specifically, the foam is a mixture of chemicals that react with oxygen. When this reaction occurs, the foam expands 4-5 inches filling wall and ceiling cavities. This layer of foam takes the place of traditional blown or batt insulations.
That is huge question. There are a ton of reasons why and I’ll try to cover a few.
First and foremost it provides a better R value (how effective the insulation is; thermal resistance) per inch (thickness) as compared to traditional blown or batt insulation. This allows your home to stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. As I’m sure you can imagine, that reduces heating and cooling cost which saves you money! Most estimates center around 50% savings over time vs traditional insulation types.
Foam also last longer when compared to the traditional blown and batt insulation styles. Foam tends to be more resistant to moisture, chemicals, rodents and dirt which are the main killers of insulation. Additionally, foam is MUCH better at sealing off spaces from air intrusion. This leads to better performance of your insulation.
Lastly, foam can lead to a healthier home. Being resistant to moisture and mold growth combined with a solid seal from the outside dust and pollen leads directly to better air quality inside your home. This allows you to save money and breathe easier!
So foam sounds great…what’s the catch?
Cost. There is no hiding it. Foam is the highest performing insulation option on the market today. With that performance comes additional cost. We generally see foam accounting for an increase of approximately 50%. For reference, in a 2,000 square foot home, you’re looking at $2,500 for blown/batt vs about $5,000 for foam. We think it’s worth it.
If you’d like to learn more:
Please feel free to visit our preferred vendor’s website: http://www.rosesprayfoam.com and as always come back for our next blog! We will continue to cover any and all aspects of home building!