spray foam insulation is a great option for saving energy because it creates a complete air seal that prevents heat from easily passing through the walls and into un-insulated areas of the home. The foam also provides a barrier that prevents moisture from entering the home – both of which will significantly reduce energy costs.
While DIY kits do exist for insulating your own home, a professional installation is the most efficient option. During the application of spray foam insulation, contractors mix 2 components on-site, which causes them to chemically react and expand. As a result, they must use specialized equipment to monitor the temperature of the foam and ensure that it is correctly mixed. This process produces a large volume of potentially harmful fumes. The National Insulation Association recommends that you leave the area sprayed for 24 hours, and only enter it once the chemicals have fully off-gassed.
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When properly installed (which is why it is best to hire a professional), spray foam lasts for as long as your building does. It is also non-toxic, which means it won’t sag or lose its insulating properties over time.
Depending on the type of spray foam you choose and your specific project, your budget will vary. Closed-cell spray foam is generally more expensive than open-cell insulation. However, the extra cost may be worth it for the energy savings you will receive over the lifetime of your home.
In the US, many closed-cell spray insulations contain polyurethane with a high GWP or global warming potential. This issue has prompted some mortgage lenders to avoid properties with spray foam, or to require independent specialist reports from the valuers before they will approve a loan. However, HEATLOK SOY, a new closed-cell spray polyurethane foam insulation, contains a blowing agent that has a much lower GWP. This makes it an environmentally friendly alternative to other spray insulation options.
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