Using Spray Foam Insulation In Your Home

Insulating a building is necessary for regulating the interior temperature and managing the humidity levels. Investing in a spray foam insulation installation is a modern solution to this building need, but it is often misunderstood by those that are needing to choose an option for their buildings.

Assumption: Spray Foam Can Only Be Used With New Construction

The assumption that insulation can only be installed in a building when it is first being constructed can lead to individuals going years without addressing inadequate insulation problems. Luckily, spray foam insulation can be installed in existing walls, which can make it easy to improve the insulation in your home while avoiding removing walls or other major work. This is largely due to the ability of the spray foam to greatly increase in volume once it has been sprayed in place. As a result, it may be possible to fill the space behind a wall with this insulation by only making a few holes in the wall where the foam can be injected.

Assumption: Spray Foam Is Less Effective Than Traditional Insulation

Effectiveness is always a concern when choosing insulation as there can be considerable variation among the different types and kinds of insulation products that are available. While spray foam insulation is fairly new, individuals should avoid assuming that it will have worse performance than traditional insulation products. In fact, spray foam products will typically be more effective at stopping drafts and heat transfer than traditional fibrous insulation. The spray foam will lack the small pores, gaps and other small openings that can allow heat transfer to occur. Additionally, the spray foam will be applied directly to the surfaces, which can help to seal and close any cracks or gaps that may allow drafts into the building.

Assumption: The Foam Will Absorb And Trap Moisture

Moisture control is another important factor for keeping your home comfortable, but it is also important for reducing the risk of mold and rot starting to impact the home. The assumption that the spray foam will be able to absorb and retain moisture can cause you to think that this solution may make moisture and humidity control for the home more difficult. In reality, this is not the case as closed-cell spray foam products can be extremely effective at blocking moisture from seeping into it. As a result, this can be an ideal option for homes that are located in areas with high humidity or that experience frequent storms.