Things to Know About Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation has become a popular term in the construction industry. In the 1940s, it was mainly used in aircraft carriers, but in recent years, home construction professionals have made it popular for insulation in residential and commercial buildings.
Today, our home-remodeling experts at Powers Premier Contracting will discuss things you should know about spray foam insulation.
What Is Spray Foam Insulation?
Spray foam insulation is an insulation material composed of two main chemical compounds: polyol and isocyanate. Insulation experts combine these two chemicals to get a reaction that produces foam when sprayed onto a surface.
When this foam is applied, it spreads all over the surface, making it possible for the chemical to reach all the nooks and crannies of the surface no matter how the surface is shaped. The chemical also takes a few seconds to harden and form an impermeable seal on the surface.
When applied by an expert, spray foam insulation provides excellent thermal insulation for homes due to its R-value, which measures the insulation material's ability to resist heat flow.
Types of Spray Foam Insulation
There are two main types of spray foam insulation. They are closed-cell spray foam insulation and open-cell spray foam insulation.
Closed-cell spray foam insulation is the type that has high density and cells that are closed to prevent air and moisture from getting into the foam. In contrast, open-cell spray foam insulation is the type whose cells are not totally closed but left open. Below are other things you need to know about spray foam insulation.
You Should Not Apply Spray Foam Insulation Yourself
There are tons of different spray foam products in the market. Unfortunately, this has led to the proliferation of this insulation product, making it more difficult for an average homeowner to get the authentic ones. Although some products claim to have insulating properties, we highly advise hiring a professional to handle this task.
One primary reason to leave spray foam insulation application in the hands of experts is that applying spray foam requires a high level of skill and knowledge of chemistry. Inadequate chemical mixing might result in the chemicals pulling away from the surface or leaving behind lingering scents that can negatively affect one's health.
In addition, gaps and holes left in places where insulation has been misapplied may reduce the effectiveness of the insulation.
Spray Foam Insulates and Seals
Unlike other traditional fiberglass insulation materials, spray foam can insulate and air-seal when applied by an expert. Air sealing is an essential aspect of home maintenance as it helps prevent air leakage from your building and mitigates the possibility of mold and mildew growth.
It Helps With Immediate and Long-Term Results
Spray foam helps to create a vapor barrier and can fill any small holes that might lead to structural defects in your building. In addition, it takes just a few seconds to witness the result when sprayed on a surface, making it a perfect product for immediate results.
This insulation material can also keep away rodents and insects from your home for a long time, making it a perfect product for long-term results.
Work With Us for Your Insulation Service
Are you in need of an insulation contractor for your commercial or residential properties in Minnetonka? Our quality insulation service will improve your home's air quality and energy efficiency.
Give us a call today at 612-710-7283 and request a free estimate!