SPRAY FOAM INSULATION SERVICES
In recent years, the vast development of technology has led to spray foam insulation being the number one insulation method on the market. This is because of the numerous advantages it provides to your home, family, and the environment. If you’re wanting to insulate a new house or re-insulate your current one, you’re at the right place. Our experts at Target Industries will tell you everything you need to know about spray foam insulation.
SPRAY FOAM INSULATION FAQs
What is spray foam insulation?
Spray polyurethane foam, better known as spray foam insulation, is a mixture of chemical ingredients that react to form a foamy substance. At its application, the foam expands and hardens rather quickly. It is often used to fill in gaps and cracks along walls, roofs, corners, and otherwise hard to reach places. It is used to create a strong air sealing barrier within the home.
This barrier offers protection against the elements and regulates the temperature within the home, creating thermal insulation. Thermal insulation is designed to reduce heat loss or gain by creating a solid barrier between two different temperatures (inside and outside).
Spray foam insulation has the ability to grow to over 30% of its original size. Because it is applied as a spray, it works well for custom fitting around any kind of framing.
Is spray foam insulation worth it?
Spray foam insulation is one of the best methods of insulation you can use for your home. It is also the best option if you are looking for energy efficiency. Nearly 50% of a home’s energy is dedicated to heating and cooling. Of this, over 40% of that energy can be lost through air infiltration.
Air infiltration occurs when the hot or cold air escapes through small gaps, holes, and leaks in the home’s foundation. Spray foam insulation provides a barrier that seals these gaps and keeps energy from escaping the home. This, in turn, can save you a significant amount in utility bills.
Spray foam insulation can also strengthen your home. With a lifespan of over 30 years, this insulation can be used to protect your roof by eliminating water leaks in potential weak spots. The foam can withstand wetting and drying and can also be cleaned. It also prevents moisture retention and therefore helps protect against mold and mildew.
Without spray foam insulation, your home is prone to drafts and energy leaks. This can bring discomfort for you and your family as well as increase energy bills significantly.
If that isn’t enough, spray foam insulation provides a barrier against dust, pollen, and insects. It also can help reduce airborne sound transmission. This means it acts as a sort of soundproofing barrier to eliminate sound waves traveling through the air outside your home.
How much does spray foam insulation cost?
There are many factors that determine the cost of spray foam insulation. Some of these variables include the size and location of the property, the amount of material used, and the amount of time needed to complete the job. It also takes into account which type of material is used for insulation. The two possible types of material are open cell or closed cell spray foam.
Of these types of insulation, open cell spray foam is less expensive. It generally ranges from $0.25-$0.50 per board foot (measured by volume) and $1.00-$1.20 per square foot. The typical price of closed cell spray foam is between $0.90-$1.50 per board foot and $1.25-$1.50 per square foot.
Open Cell vs. Closed Cell
Open and closed cell spray foam both offer their own strengths and weaknesses. Determining which type is right for you depends on what your individual needs are.
Open cell foam is more flexible and softer than closed cell foam. It can expand to up to 3 inches of thickness upon application. This makes open cell foam better for insulating hard to reach areas in the home. It is also great for soundproofing, as one layer of application can fill the entire area between studs.
Closed cell foam, on the other hand, is more dense and rigid. This causes it to have a higher resistance to heat flow, nearly double to that of open cell foam. The closed cell also protects against vapor, so it is better at preventing water and moisture from entering the home. In addition, the foam itself is resistant to water damage.
Open cell foam is more affordable than closed cell foam, but closed cell provides better insulation for homes. In areas with extreme temperatures and weather conditions, closed cell foam insulation may prove the better route.
How much does it cost to insulate a property?
The price of insulating a house relies heavily on what parts of the home you want insulated and to what degree of thickness. Most homeowners pay somewhere between $1,500 to $3,000 for insulation, with an average of about $2,250.
Some people may be hesitant to invest in insulation, but it is just that: an investment. The money you put into properly insulating your house will end up saving you quite a bit at the end of the day. Think about it: saving 40% of your home's energy through insulation ends up saving you 40% in energy bills.
Not only is it energy efficient, it also provides a layer of protection to your roof and therefore, your home. This can end up saving you money in damage repairs that might occur without that padded layer of insulation.
Other options for insulation may include fiberglass insulation. This is significantly cheaper, typically $0.40 per square foot, but it does not provide nearly as much insulation. This makes fiberglass a less preferable option for those seeking energy efficiency. If you go the fiberglass route, you may end up spending more on heating and cooling expenses in the long run.
Need Spray Foam Insulation? Call Target Industries Today
If you have any more questions about spray foam insulation or are looking to have it installed, call our professionals today. At Target Industries, we offer commercial services at the drop of a hat. Call our Shreveport office at 318-688-1485 or our West Texas Office at 432-299-3900 to see how we can help you. You can also contact us here.
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