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Four Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation

Winter in Minnesota can be bitterly cold, especially when your home isn’t well-insulated. And during the coldest winter months, that bitter cold can expose every vulnerability in every nook and cranny of your home.

At Powers Premier Contracting, we work hard to help homeowners get warmer, more efficient homes with high-performance insulation installation. In this post, we’re covering everything you need to know about spray foam insulation and how it can benefit your Twin Cities home. To learn more about insulation installation solutions from Powers Premier, give our general contractors a call today.

The Importance of Good Insulation

Like all types of insulation, spray foam insulation is meant to completely seal a home against air and moisture infiltration. Together with your home’s siding, windows, entry door, and roof, insulation forms a thermal envelope, keeping heat on one side and cooler air on the other.

In the winter, your thermal envelope prevents heat from moving through your roof and walls so your house stays warmer, bringing down energy costs and reducing ice dams. In the summer months, it keeps hot air from penetrating the walls of your home so your interior stays cooler and more comfortable on the hottest summer days.

Spray Foam Insulation Basics

There are several types of insulation that are commonly used in homes from insulation rolls to loose fill insulation. And one of the best-performing options for Minnesota’s extreme cold is spray foam insulation. Spray foam insulation was first developed a few decades ago, and over the years, it has continued to evolve into a more efficient, easily-installed product.

Spray foam is made of two separate liquids stored in separate containers and works by taking advantage of a chemical reaction that occurs when they are combined. A product like polymeric methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (pMDI) or methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) is used for one side. A combination of catalysts, surfactants, polyols, flame retardant, and surfactants are used for the other, and each spray foam manufacturer typically uses a proprietary blend. Together, these products create a type of spray polyurethane during spray foam application.

How Spray Foam Works

Unlike more conventional insulation, spray foam can be blown into all types of spaces to completely seal them including ceilings, walls, crawl spaces, attics, and floors. Because of its foam properties, spray foam insulation creates a complete seal, creating an airtight barrier that fills and closes every cavity, even around light fixtures and outlets. With a more airtight seal, you’ll see lower energy costs and enjoy a more comfortable home.

And while conventional insulation can settle and become compressed over time, spray foam insulation maintains its shape years down the road. Spray foam insulation is also rated to be watertight and fire retardant.

Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation

These are just a few of the benefits you’ll get with spray foam insulation in your home:

  1. Fresher Air Quality

Air quality is more than just a comfort issue. It’s also a health issue. And one of the leading causes of air quality problems is mold growth. Mold can be extremely toxic depending on the type of spore. Since mold grows when moisture gets into your walls, the airtight seal of spray foam insulation helps to keep moisture out of your home and stops mold from becoming a problem.

  1. Reduced Energy Bills

Having a home with air leaks and poor insulation will add up fast on your monthly energy bills. If you wouldn’t leave your front door and windows open all day, why would you be willing to overpay due to poorly insulated walls?

Because spray foam insulation closes up all of those little leaks and creates an airtight seal, you’ll experience lower energy costs every month that can add up dramatically over the years. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, those savings can add up to as much as 30% savings in a month.

  1. Peace and Quiet

An airtight house is a quiet house. When homeowners talk about a house having “thin walls,” the real reason they can hear every little sound from the street is that their walls are poorly insulated. With spray foam insulation, your home will be quieter and more peaceful so the neighbor’s garage band doesn’t keep you up at night.

  1. More Comfortable Home

When a home lacks adequate insulation, it can be drafty and uncomfortable. Spray foam insulation helps to keep heat inside your home on the coldest winter nights so you don’t have to worry about adding an extra sweater or wearing thick socks just to achieve a basic standard of comfort.

Schedule Your Spray Foam Installation

If you’re paying too much on your energy bills every month, it’s time to invest in spray foam insulation from Powers Premier Contracting in Minnesota. Spray foam insulation is easy to install so you can enjoy a warmer, more pleasant home sooner. Call Powers Premier to speak with our exterior remodeling contractors at 612-710-7283 or contact us online to get your free insulation quote today.

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