CLOSED-CELL SPRAY FOAM
Getting proper insulation for your home or business is a must. Although it requires an investment to do it, it will all pay back through the energy efficiency and lower electricity bills. When the air is moving freely in and out of the building through the ceilings, walls, floors, tiny cracks and holes, you’ll need to spend more power to heat or cool the space. If you want to achieve optimal building performance, you need an advanced insulation system. Speaking of advanced, did you know that the new Spray Polyurethane Foam is suppressing all the other insulators? This new insulator is highly efficient and has many benefits, such as:
- Stopping air and moisture intrusion
- Improving occupant comfort
- Lowering energy bills
- Strengthening the building envelope
- Protecting against dust, pollen, bugs, and ice dams
- Improving indoor air quality
- Meeting current building codes
- Sturdiness and stability
The spray foam is used both for insulation as well as roofing projects and it’s very versatile when it comes to the materials it can be applied on. The closed-cell spray foam is one variety of the spray foam that can be used both on the outside of the building and on the inside. The other type is the open-cell spray foam that can be used only on the inside because it doesn’t stop moisture. Since closed-cell spray foam can stop both air and moisture and is, therefore, more expensive than the open-cell spray foam.
The closed-cell spray foam consists of millions of tiny plastic closed cells that contain Enovate® 3000. The Enovate® 3000 is a blowing agent that doesn’t deplete ozone and that boosts the insulating properties of the material. This type of insulation is great for creating an air barrier that has a low moisture permeability and great water resistance. The closed-cell spray foam is also denser than open-cell spray foam as the closed-cell type is about two pounds per cubic foot. So why is all this information important? Well, for one thing, closed-cell spray foam insulation can save up to 40% of energy when it’s installed right.
That’s right, just like with everything else, things can go wrong with this type of insulation as well. The problems usually occur when people hire inexperienced or careless installers that are in a rush or just don’t have enough expertise to do things right. With spray foam insulation, if the mixture isn’t at the right temperature or the component ratio is bad, or if there are voids in application, the insulator can easily start cracking and be a complete failure. If you were trying to insulate to cover up the cracks but you’ve just gotten more cracks and your bank account emptied, this is a big issue. To prevent such trouble, you should always choose experienced installers who have built a reputation based on customer reviews. If you want a free consult, you can call us at Insulation Logic and book an estimate appointment. We will come to inform you about your options and to give you a free estimate of what needs to be done and how much it could cost. We’re known for being reliable and doing business with us is pretty straightforward so we’re sure you’ll enjoy working with us. If your building has envelope imperfections such as holes and gaps, this can lead to low energy efficiency, moisture and pathogen build up and, eventually, structural failure. This is a nightmare scenario but the fix is available in the form of the closed-cell spray foam. This insulator will seal all the holes, gaps, and cracks and prevent moisture accumulation and pathogen growth. Not to mention the difference in the inside and outside temperature will be so significant that you’ll want to recommend the closed-cell spray foam to everyone you know. Just two inches of this foam will be enough to minimize air exchange, convection, and conduction, and to keep the solar driven moisture under control
The closed-cell spray foam costs somewhere between $0.70 and $1 per board foot and compared to the open-cell spray foam and other insulators, it seems expensive. And it is among the expensive solutions but the benefits will outweigh the cost in no time. Just remember the improved air quality, temperature consistency, and up to 40% energy savings. Compared to the open-cell spray foam, the closed-cell spray foam is more firm and glue-like so it can also be used to add structural strength to roofs, ceilings, and walls. Getting the right type of insulation and getting the right amount of it, properly applied, can do wonders for your home experience. Your main concern should be to repair any envelope damage and to add insulation to the parts of your house that are usually skipped. The key points you need to insulate are the attic, the exterior walls, the floors, the basement, and the crawl spaces. You can also do interior walls to maximize the effects.