Spray foam insulation has been used for over 30 years, and in recent years has been becoming more popular as it’s an effective insulator, minimizing the loss of heat from your home or building. It’s also a long-term solution to adding insulation to your home and dealing with condensation problems. Due to its versatility, efficient insulation per thickness, and reducing U-values, it’s one of the best forms of insulating material that is appropriate for almost any building or property.
Many people don’t insulate loft space which means that they are unable to use this space for storage. 100mm of spray foam insulation is equivalent to around 170mm of mineral wool loft insulation, according to the National Insulation Association. This means that spray foam insulation doesn’t need to be as thick, and your loft space is still usable.
If your home has hard-to-treat cavity walls or solid walls that aren’t suitable for external insulation, spray foam is worth considering. Some types of foam insulation are waterproof but breathable, making them suitable for homes in flood-prone areas.
The main reason for spray foam insulation is: Air Leaks and Infiltration and Energy Savings, why?
Air Leaks and Infiltration: Up to 40 percent of a building’s energy is lost due to air infiltration.
Gaps and air leaks allow expensive heating and air conditioning to go to waste, and needlessly increase energy bills. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 56 percent of a home’s energy is used for heating and cooling.
Energy Savings: When applied, spray polyurethane foam expands to insulate and fill cracks and gaps to provide a consistent air seal. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, by using spray foam to minimize air leaks in walls and roofs, a typical homeowner could save up to 15 percent on heating and cooling costs.
Spray foam insulation can be used to seal areas that commonly involve air leaks, including:
– Plumbing vents
– Attic hatches
– Wiring holes
– Behind knee walls
– Basement rim joists
– Windows and doors
– Open soffits
– Recessed light, furnace flue, or duct chase ways
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