Spray Foam Insulation: What is it & Why You Need it

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Having a properly insulated home or building is essential for staying warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and saving money on costly energy bills. Finding the right insulation for you can make all the difference in whether or not these are done successfully. When choosing your insulation, many contractors may recommend spray foam insulation and we’re here to tell you why!  

What is spray foam insulation?

Spray foam insulation is a type of insulation that can be applied to your home or commercial building to help combat the external forces trying to work their way in. More specifically, spray foam insulation is a polyurethane foam that is sprayed in homes and buildings in order to protect from temperature changes, drafts, and water leaks.

Spray foam insulation can be applied as high, medium, or low-density (depending on your needs), and is generally used in attics, walls, ceilings, basements, and crawlspaces, and on roofs, exteriors, and gaps and cracks!

What are the benefits of spray foam insulation?

There are a variety of benefits of spray foam that sets it apart from traditional forms of insulations (such as cellulose or fiberglass). Some of these benefits include:

  • Reducing energy bills by minimizing internal heat loss and gain
  • Erasing drafts and air leaks
  • Increasing energy efficiency by maintaining internal temperatures
  • Increasing the strength of your home

Spray foam is also known to protect your home against mold growth, air pollutants and allergens, insect and pest infestations, requires minimal maintenance, and can help increase the value of your home when you’re ready to sell!

How does spray foam insulation compare to other insulation materials?

When comparing insulating materials, spray foam generally costs the most to have applied. However, it’s more often than not the most effective at protecting your home or building from the elements and reducing your energy bill! While cellulose and fiberglass are more traditional insulating materials, can reduce airflow, and are cheaper options, they aren’t as effective as spray foam. 

If your goal is to save money in the long run, improve the internal quality of your home, and reduce your carbon footprint, spray foam is your best option! 

Check out this article for a more detailed comparison of common insulating materials!

In conclusion

Spray foam is a highly recommended insulating material because of all the benefits that it can bring to businesses and homeowners everywhere. If you want to find out more about spray foam, get an estimate, or learn more about Northstar Insulating, visit our site or contact us today!