December 1, 2017

Can Spray Foam Insulation Be Added to Your Current Home?

Spray foam insulation is one of the most effective materials for insulating your home, but it provides a myriad of other benefits as well. In fact, it protects your home against both heat and cold, as well as mold and moisture, and it makes for a powerful sound-deadening barrier.

Technically known as spray polyurethane foam (SPF), this material?can be used in almost any location and, best of all, (unlike other types of insulating materials) you can easily add it to your existing home.

What Is Spray Foam Insulation?

Polyurethane foam?is a form of plastic that can be sprayed into place, where it?quickly dries and?hardens to create a multi-purpose protective barrier.

This material is available in three densities: high-, medium- and low-density. The different densities are used in different locations of the home. For example, high-density SPF is used for exterior surfaces and roofing applications. Both low-density and medium-density SPF can be used for filling cavities, although medium-density SPF can also be used for unvented attic applications.

What Are the Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation?

SPF insulation is the superfood of insulating materials because it provides a host of benefits for your home. It improves the efficiency of your heating and air-conditioning system, cutting your energy use and power bills and making your home more comfortable all year long. It also acts as a powerful sound-deadening barrier, helping reduce traffic noise and other outdoor noise.

This material?has a high R-value (many times that of fiberglass insulation), which means it?reduces heat transfer?effectively. It?reduces air and moisture transfer and is highly rated (Class 1) as a fire retardant.

A major benefit of SPF is that it can be added to an existing home, even in areas that are awkward, hard to reach and sealed.

How Can You Add Spray Foam Insulation to Your Home?

If you wanted to add fiberglass batt insulation to your home?s walls, it would require removing the drywall and opening up every wall ? something that isn?t practical for anyone.

To add SPF to your home, an energy efficiency or insulation contractor can simply drill small holes in the wall and inject the foam in, using a specialty spray system.??The foam expands to fill the space entirely, and quickly hardens in place. Repairing the holes is quick and easy, and leaves no evidence of the work behind.

To learn whether you would benefit from adding SPF insulation to your home, contact?GreenHome Specialties today. We assist customers in Layton, Provo and throughout Northern Utah. Contact us today to schedule a complimentary?home energy audit, to determine if you could save money by adding spray foam insulation to your Utah home.

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