SPRAY FOAM INSULATION
What is Spray Foam Insulation? Spray foam insulation is a mixture composed of isocyanate and polyol resin that comes together at the tip of a gun, where it forms an expanding foam that is sprayed onto roof tiles, concrete slabs, into wall cavities, or through holes drilled in into a cavity of a finished wall. There are two forms of spray foam insulation; open cell and closed cell.
Open cell foam insulation Open cell is a type of foam where the cells are not completely closed. Open cell is less expensive because it uses fewer chemicals. It is a very good air barrier but does not provide water vapor barrier. It is much more sponge-like in appearance. It is often used for interior walls because it provides sound reduction. It is not recommended as an outdoor barrier.
Closed cell foam insulation Closed cell foam insulation is much denser than open cell. It has a smaller, more compact cell structure. It is a very good air barrier and works as a water vapor barrier. It is often used in roofing and other outdoor applications, but can be used anywhere in the home.
Why Spray Foam? Spray foam helps your home in three ways: 1- its high R-Value gives great thermal performance, so it minimizes hot and cold spots that can make your home uncomfortable and lower the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. 2- Spray foam provides added integrity to your walls. 3- Spray foam acts as a moisture vapor barrier to help reduce the risk of moisture in the wall cavity, this reduces mold, mildew and wood rot.
Why is Air Sealing so important? If spray foam insulation is applied without proper air sealing, the home can lose efficiency through air leakage. This is one of the main causes of hot and cold spots that can cause a home to be uncomfortable. As with any building product, insulation is only as effective as its installation. Properly insulating and sealing your homes with spray foam can help lock in 20% or more of your cooled or heated air, making it a greener alternative. At all Seasons, your spray foam is only installed by a qualified technician, giving our customers peace of mind. We can also help you in saving money and boosting your home’s resale value. A well-sealed home is a better performing home. And that can affect your home’s resale. So investing in spray foam insulation not only makes your home more comfortable, energy efficiency and structural sound, it also can pay back again when it comes time to sell your home.
What is Cellulose? Cellulose is the oldest type of insulation material that is used in homes. Cellulose is made of 85% recyclable materials like newspapers, cardboard, straw and even sawdust. Cellulose insulation is sprayed or blown into walls, where it conforms to cavities and surrounds obstacles to create a tight thermal barrier. Unlike fiberglass batts, which must be cut and pieced together, leaving gaps. Cellulose insulation also meets fire standards, providing safety and peace of mind. Cellulose became popular during the 1970’s when oil prices caused energy cost to rise. This lead to homeowners becoming increasingly aware of the need for lower cost energy conservation measures. Cellulose insulation soon became widely used as a great low cost method to insulate homes and lower heating and cooling costs, by as much as 40%.
Why should you insulate your home? Cellulose insulation can help your home to conserve energy, reduce noise and lower energy cost when installed properly. Your home can be insulated with cellulose, regardless of its age. Let our certified technicians give you a professional, free evaluation of your home. Our expert crew is trained in air sealing and installation procedures that will save you money and make your home more comfortable.
Comfort you can feel; Cellulose insulation has a high-density that gives a higher R-value. Independent comparison studies have confirmed the belief that cellulose outperforms other insulations. Engineers found that cellulose reduced air infiltration by 38% versus fiberglass, and the cellulose structure needed 26% less energy to heat. After a nine hour, overnight heat loss test, the cellulose building was seven degrees warmer than its fiberglass building.
Attic Cellulose: Increasing attic insulation will make it easier for your heating/cooling system to operate more efficiently. In some cases, improving attic insulation, can reduce your homes overall energy consumption by 20% or higher. Cellulose insulation provides energy savings and significantly reduces air infiltration. The result is a great long-term value and return on investment.