With all the different types of insulation that you can choose from, it’s important to know which one may work best in your home. We want to highlight spray foam and answer your frequently asked questions.
Spray Foam Insulation
This type of insulation is made from polyurethane and can be open cell or closed cell. Open cell is not as dense as closed cell, which means it doesn’t have as high of an R-value. R-value will let you know how efficient the lining is, according to House Grail. Density can help hold off drafts and makes it more difficult for moisture to pass. Open cell foam insulation is better for those tight spots and small crannies in the home.
Advantages of Spray Foam Insulation vs. Fiberglass Insulation
Fiberglass insulation is one of the best-known and most used materials, but there are some definite advantages to using spray foam instead. Here are just a few of the benefits:
- Spray foam will usually have an additive that makes it flame retardant
- It should last around 80 years
- Closed-cell spray foam is about 300% R-value of fiberglass
- Spray foam is more energy efficient than fiberglass
- It will increase the building’s structural integrity
While it may cost more than fiberglass insulation, spray foam has some definite advantages over fiberglass. The longer lifespan, R-value, and added structural integrity and fire-retardant additive make it a clear winner for most people.
Will You Need a Professional?
Yes. Spray foam insulation is much harder to install than just rolling and laying fiberglass. There are several compounds that are mixed inside the wall to make the foam. These compounds are heated and sprayed into the walls and require expertise for it to be done properly. It’ll also involve specialized tools that the layperson doesn’t have in their home or garage. Having a professional come out to do it will ensure your home is insulated properly and you get every benefit that you should have after choosing spray foam.
Making the choice between spray foam and fiberglass insulation is a personal one. We understand the decision process and are happy to help with any other questions you may have on the cost and time it will take. Give our office a call anytime to set up an appointment.