March 12, 2018

Can You Add Insulation Inside Existing Walls?

Did you know you can add insulation inside your home?s existing walls without tearing out the drywall?

Rising energy costs are making?Utah?homeowners more aware of the need for proper insulation.?You may be able to save ten percent or more of?your energy bills by sealing air leaks and adding insulation,?depending on the age?and location?of?your house. Most older?homes?are not insulated to today's standards, but?even newer homes can benefit from adding insulation.

To up the R-value of your home?s walls without doing a major remodel, GreenHome Specialties uses a material known as foam injection insulation.

What?Is Foam Injection Insulation?

Injected foam insulation is a newer and increasingly popular?material that can be added without?tearing out the drywall.

The foam?material?is a poly-based?product that we spray in as a liquid. When exposed to air, the material expands on contact. It has a soft, fluffy appearance?and the consistency of shaving cream. Best of all, this material has a high R-value.

Once in the wall, the foam expands to fill all?the space,?flowing around pipes and electrical conduit. Once hardened, the material effectively?seals all?the crevices and?wall openings where hot air can escape or cold air can penetrate.

What?Is the R-Value of Foam Injection Insulation?

An insulating material's resistance to conductive heat flow is measured or rated in terms of its thermal resistance or R-value. The higher the R-value, the greater the?material?s?insulating effectiveness. The thickness and density of?foam injection insulation are what gives?this material its?high?R-value rating.

The injection foam product used by GreenHome Specialties as an amazing 4.1 R-value rating per square inch. And, in addition to lowering your power bills and improving the interior comfort of your home, this material can reduce up to 80 percent of outside noise.

How is Foam Injection Insulation Installed?

The method we use for adding insulation in existing walls is quick and effective, and involves little to no mess.

We start drilling small holes in the wall, either through the wallboard on the?inside?or through the exterior sheathing on the outside of your home.?Our experienced installers then?inject the foam through the holes, allowing it to fill?up?the wall cavities. The foam products used in closed-wall applications are less aggressive in their expansion than other?types of spray?foam,?to prevent damage to the wall.

Will Adding Foam Insulation?Increase Your Home?s Value?

As much as 40% of a building?s energy is lost due to air infiltration. Gaps, holes and air leaks can make energy bills unnecessarily high and let valuable resources go to waste.

When you add injected foam inside your walls, it performs as both insulation and an air sealant, or air barrier, closing those nooks and crannies that let air escape and add dollars to monthly energy bills. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency?s (EPA) Energy Star program estimates that, when you?add insulation?inside existing walls, you can save up to 20 percent on your monthly energy bills.

Installing insulation in your home is a great investment that appeals to potential buyers, based on potential energy savings, comfort and privacy.

GreenHome Specialties?provides energy-efficient home improvements to customers throughout Northern Utah, including Provo and?Layton. Contact us today to learn more about how easy and affordable it is to add insulation to your existing walls.

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