There are all kinds of insulators you can add to the walls, ceilings, and other spaces in your home in a bid to create a barrier between inside and out. And you’ll find that the most commonly used products are fiberglass batting and fill. But a newer product is proving both more effective and longer lasting than fiberglass, amongst other benefits. If you haven’t yet considered the possibility of upgrading to spray foam insulation, here are a few advantages you might not be aware of.
- Less mess. If you’ve ever been in an attic that features fiberglass batting or fill, you’ve likely experienced the insane itching that results when you get fiberglass on your skin. And if you’ve had the misfortune to replace your own insulation or add more when it starts to sag or settle, it’s probably not an experience you’d like to repeat. There’s just no getting around the fact that most insulative products are messy beyond belief. And while you’ll have to hire a professional to install spray foam insulation, you’ll enjoy a lot less mess every time you venture up into the attic.
- Seal cracks. Unlike batting or fill insulation, spray foam can cover every square inch of space between interior and exterior walls, spreading between the framing beams. And while open-cell foam will definitely offer an air barrier that helps to regulate your interior temperature and keep outside air where it belongs, closed-cell foam also acts as a moisture and vapor barrier, increasing your structure’s resistance to the elements. And because spray foam insulation expands and then hardens, any cracks where air and water might leak in will be sealed in the process, creating a nearly impermeable barrier between the outside and your home interior.
- Durable. Fiberglass insulation can settle and deteriorate over time, which is why it enjoys a lifespan of only 10-25 years, depending on the quality of conditions it is exposed to (moisture, for example, can be problematic). Spray foam products, on the other hand, harden to form a solid wall of insulation that can last up to 80 years or longer. So while you will definitely pay more for this product, keep in mind that you’ll have to replace your fiberglass insulation anywhere from 3-8 times while your spray foam continues to provide you with the insulative properties you need. And believe it or not, spray foam insulation can even add to the structural integrity of your property, increasing the strength of your walls and ceilings.
- Sound proofing. Because spray foam insulation ends up being solid, the barrier it provides against the outside can also make your home interior much quieter than before. If you live in an area with a lot of noise (like a busy street) you’ll appreciate this bonus feature.
- Energy efficient. It is estimated that spray foam insulation could increase the energy efficiency of your home by a significant margin, helping to regulate your interior temperature and reducing heating and cooling costs by as much as half (or even more in some cases). You know what to expect from a professional AC tune-up - increased savings on your utility bills. But when you add spray foam insulation to the equation, you’ll optimize your HVAC usage and maximize savings in the process. A comfortable home interior is certainly desirable, but the savings you’ll get will make the expenditure for spray foam entirely worthwhile.