If you want an alternative to fiberglass insulation, spray foam is a good choice. Using a special gun, the insulation is sprayed into your floor and wall cavities as a liquid, and then it expands to create a foam. The foam provides a moisture barrier and air seals. Below are some benefits of using this type of foam for your home.
If your home is insulated with spray foam, and you have an energy efficient furnace, you will see your energy bills drop. The amount of money you will save depends on where you live. This is because it depends on how often your furnace comes on.
Has The Highest R-Value
When purchasing insulation, you should consider the R-value. Foam insulation uses a high R-value material, and it goes up to an R-value of six. The higher the R-value the better it insulates.
Fiberglass insulation often has gaps or missing pieces over time, which results in heat loss. Because foam insulation is sprayed on, this is less likely to happen.
Spray foam is more compacted, which means it takes up less space in the wall or floor cavities. How thick the insulation is depends on where you install it, but on average, it is a few inches deeper than fiberglass or other types of insulation.
Now that you know the benefits of spray foam, you should learn information about installing it.
Installing Spray Foam
Spray foam is a flammable material so if you install it near any flame source, such as a water tank or furnace, you should also install an ignition barrier over it. When not installed near a heat source, it can be used anywhere in your home.
If you are installing the spray foam yourself, make sure you protect yourself with the right gear. This includes safety glasses, and making sure your arms and hands are covered. You also need to wear a facemask so you do not inhale the insulation.
Spray foam can also be very messy, especially if you are doing this for the first time. If you are installing closed-cell foam, there is a fire risk if you spray it in too thick too soon. If you are going to purchase a DIY kit, make sure you read all of the instructions and specifications carefully. The salesperson also may be able to give you some type of training.
You should consider hiring a professional to insulate your home with spray foam. This is for your safety, and you know the job will be done right.