Spray foam insulation is two-in-one home insulation and air sealing solution that can help homes and businesses increase comfort and reduce energy consumption. Spray foam insulation expands when applied, creating an air barrier and insulating in one step. At the Hayes Company, both our Nashville spray foam insulation services and our Kansas City spray foam insulation services offer crawl space insulation and insulation removal for residential and commercial locations. Read on to learn more about the benefits of spray foam insulation, and contact our team to schedule an attic insulation service today!
The Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation has many benefits for the homeowner and business owner.
Increased Comfort – Spray foam insulation prevents drafts, improves air quality by sealing air leaks, and enhances acoustics.
Energy and Cost Savings – Sealing air leaks and adding R-value with spray foam insulation can help reduce monthly energy costs. Effective spray foam insulation can require a smaller home heating and air conditioning unit, saving you money and space.
Healthier Air in Your Home – Spray foam insulation seals the home from outside air infiltration, helping to reduce indoor pollen, dust, and allergens.
Flawless, Versatile Performance – Spray foam insulation expands 30-100 times its original sprayed-on volume, providing an air barrier and insulation layer that seals all crevices in a single, easy step.
Durability to Last a Lifetime – Once applied, spray foam insulation will not shrink, sag, or settle — even if it comes into contact with water. Spray foam insulation sticks to a wide variety of materials including masonry, cement, metal studs, wood studs, and rooflines.
Types of Spray Foam Insulation
There are two different types of spray foam insulation, Open Cell Spray Foam and Closed Cell Spray Foam, each with their unique benefits discussed below.
Open Cell Spray Foam
Open cell spray foam insulation works as an insulator and air barrier. Weighing only 0.5 pounds per cubic foot, open cell spray foam gets its name from its broken cell structure which allows air to fill the empty space inside the material. The typical R-value of open cell foam is 3.7 per inch. Open cell spray foam insulation is vapor permeable, dampens sounds, and eliminates air infiltration.
Closed Cell Spray Foam
Like open cell spray foam insulation, closed cell spray foam works as an insulator and air barrier. An additional feature of closed cell spray foam is that it is solid — much denser than open cell spray foam. The cells of the bubbles remain intact which makes the material rigid. The closed cell composition and increased density contribute to a higher R-value than open cell foam, at a higher price. Higher density allows closed cell spray foam to contribute to building stability during storms and high winds.