As the building services industry develops and evolves in response to new technology, many people throughout the country are reaping the rewards of higher building performance. One of the main ways in which this has changed is with regards to insulation. Spray foam insulation is quickly surpassing traditional forms of insulation (such as fiberglass) due to the large number of benefits achieved. Below are four problems that can be significantly reduced by installing spray foam in your home:
1. Energy Loss
With the winter months fast approaching, many families will be concerned about keeping a steady supply of heat throughout their home. The economic downturn has sent energy bills soaring, and so most families don't want to be pumping excessive heat into their house. How then, can they stay warm this coming winter?
One of the best long-term solutions for keeping energy bills low is to invest in spray insulation. That's because spray foam doesn't just act as an insulator; it creates a strong air barrier that stops heat from escaping the house. The strength of this spray foam air barrier is much greater than traditional fiberglass, as spray foam expands to completely fill the space between layers, regardless of their shape.
This means that cracks, crevices and any other imperfection that fiberglass can't reach are easily filled with spray foam. This significantly reduces the need for costly energy bills, which can help save families money whilst acting to keep them warm.
2. Mold Formation
If you live in an area where rain seems to fall every day, you've probably seen a few mold issues over the years. Mold thrives on dark, damp environments such as underneath roofs, behind cupboards or in the back end of the basement. However, installing spray foam insulation can help control this problem and make sure it's a thing of the past.
Due to its airtight nature, spray foam helps block any moisture from infiltrating the wall cavity. If you happen to develop a roof or plumbing leakage, the spray foam will dry, drastically reducing the risk of mold formation.
After it has dried out, the spray foam will continue to operate at peak-performance. That's right - cycles of wetting and drying will not affect spray foam's ability to provide an airtight seal.
3. Allergies and Asthma
Spray foam's ability to mitigate against mold means that any allergies induced from mold spores or other toxins are significantly reduced. These are often spread through the air from mold formations and can quickly induce allergic reactions in susceptible people. With the problem taken care of, symptoms are unable to develop and those with allergies can rest easier knowing their problem has been taken care of.
Using spray foam can also help control the symptoms of asthma. As this insulation significantly reduces air filtration, there is much less chance of airborne pollutants entering your home from outside.
4. The Cost of Replacement
As a homeowner in this difficult economic crisis, you'll want to know that every dollar spent is worthwhile. Frivolous spending is a thing of the past, and you'll likely hold the cost-effectiveness of any purchase in high regard.
Although the benefits discussed make spray foam insulation an extremely worthwhile investment, you can also rest assured that your maintenance costs will be reduced throughout its design life. This is because spray foam typically comes with a much higher warranty than traditional insulation, due to its high performance throughout its life.
Problems that occur with fiberglass solutions simply don't exist with spray foam. As discussed, cyclical wetting and drying doesn't affect the material's properties, allowing it to maintain peak performance throughout the life of the building. The adhesiveness of the spray foam means the chance of it coming loose is minimal. The ability of the insulation to expand and fill every crack and crevice reduces the risk of it becoming worn around the sides. All of these factors mean that manufacturers can rest easy by offering you a longer warranty, reducing further costs if any problems do happen to arise.