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About Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation has been mainly used in aircraft since the 1940s. Over the past 30 years, the growing spread of spray foam insulation in residential and commercial buildings has led to continuous product innovation. In this post, we examine the basics of insulation foam and more. 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), some of the chemicals used to make spray foam are classified as harmful to health. Residents are asked to leave the premises for at least 24 hours during and after the installation of the spray foam. Polyurethane foam insulation is made at the home, not at the factory.

Spray Foam Insulation Materials

There are many different types of insulation and it can be difficult to decide which insulation is the best way to reduce energy costs. One of the most common types of insulation is spray foam insulation. Spray foam insulation materials have been successfully used in buildings for decades. Spray insulation foam is a foam made of polyurethane, which is applied to the walls of the house or business space instead of one of the other popular methods of insulation. In fact, spray foam insulation far outweighs all other types of insulation. 

Spray foam insulation has been developed from two types of composite materials: polyurethane and isocyanate. Part of their popularity is that they not only offer excellent thermal insulation properties but also can be a protective barrier that significantly reduces air leakage, minimises moisture transfer and reduces bulk transport. Because it is sprayed in place almost in one solid form, there are no seams or joints, which creates a perfectly continuous layer in the roof, floor and wall assemblies. From a design point of view, spray foam insulation also offers many architectural options.

Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation

Saves Energy Costs

Spray foam insulation like other insulators saves energy costs and reduces electricity bills. Proper insulation can be part of a moisture protection system that reduces the risk of harmful mould and wood rot.

Reduces Noise

In addition to building temperature and humidity control, spray foam insulation is often used to reduce noise.

Versatile

Spray foam is a very versatile insulation that offers a variety of home applications. First, people use foam spray in the attic when the heat rises. Increasing heat is often lost through the roofs of our homes or our chimneys. By spraying foam in the cracks and around the edges of the attic, we find that the heat remains safely contained. Spray foam is often used in interior walls to provide insulation.

Spray foam insulation is an insulation and air barrier material that seals walls, floors and the ceiling. The spray foam can be sprayed in an open recess, for example in new buildings, attics, crawl spaces and rim brackets. Unlike conventional insulation materials, spray foam fills cracks and crevices during installation. 

When the spray foam forms, the two liquids combine and cause a chemical reaction to form a polyurethane spray foam, a closed-cell substance. Closed-cell spray foam is a much denser and heavier material than the alternatives. The result is a dense surface that is more resistant to weather and temperature changes. 

Spray foam insulation contributes to the industry’s sustainability goals, providing many functions in one product that incorporates many sustainability measures. Thermal efficiency, denseness and compactness, comfort, moisture control, storm resistance and structural improvement are all qualities achieved by using spray foam insulation. With the added benefit of less environmental impact, the new LGWP (Low Global Warning Potential) formulas which set further sustainability goals, position spray foam insulation as the product of choice.

Reduces Heat Loss

Warming your home is extremely important if you want to save costs in the cooler months with high energy costs. Spray foam not only helps keep the home warm but also reduces the cost of an air conditioning system. In both cases, adding spray foam can help reduce heat loss in your home by 50%. 

BrandXXX is a spray foam insulation company with many years of industry experience in installing domestic and commercial sprayed foam for walls, floors, roofs and ceilings. Call us today for a FREE quote.