What is spray foam insulation and how is it different from blown in?

Just like blown in insulation spray foam insulation can be used on walls, attic floors, ceilings and roofs as well as any other spaces in a home or building that need to be insulated. It is used like any other insulation; to keep the cold air and heat in to combat weather outside. It is different from blown insulation because once it is applied it expands and solidifies.

Its composition consists of resin and chemicals which help it expand and harden. Once it is sprayed it increases in size and coats a desired service very quickly. Unlike traditional insulation panels that are cut and secured into place, spray foam insulation is somewhat more permanent because of how it adheres to the surfaces around it. Because of its stickiness to surrounding surfaces it does not sag or move once it is sprayed in place. Because it expands quite rapidly if it is overused and becomes bulky in a certain area it can always be cut away once it has hardened.

Its ability to cover any surface and create a solid barrier between the inside and the outside temperatures makes it a much more desirable choice than traditional insulation. Traditional insulation lets in air, and it also lets heat and cool air from inside the house or building escape. This in turn costs you much more in heating and cooling costs and though traditional insulation may be less expensive at first it is much more expensive in the long run.

Some people tend to shy away from the idea of using spray foam insulation because it is a more expensive product, but the reality is that it is far less expensive to have installed upfront than to settle for a lesser quality insulation and pay much more in energy bills.

There are very obvious benefits to using spray foam. It can get into small spaces and adhere to many different surfaces. You may notice that even some plumbing in your home has spray foam on it for added stability. It is one of the few products that can be used to secure plumbing because it is water resistant.

When you use spray foam you can be sure that no cold air will escape your home or building during the summer and no heat will escape during the winter. You can also be sure that your home will have fewer bug problems and rodent problems because there are very few pests that can get through this type of insulation. With traditional insulation they simply crawl in between the insulation and the wall or they chew through the insulation itself, sometimes making nests within it.

Because spray foam insulation can adhere to nearly any surface it can be applied to floors, walls and ceilings that are made of wood, block or metal not only will save you on energy bills it will also raise the resale value of your property. When reselling your home or building you will be able to state that the property is efficiently insulated and is not only energy-efficient but also environmentally friendly.