Is Spray Foam Insulation A Good Idea For My Kittitas County Home?

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There are many benefits of spray foam insulation in Kittitas County homes. When deciding on insulation for your home, here are some factors to consider about spray foam insulation, including the different types, hazards, benefits, and ways to choose a contractor.

What Are The Types Of Spray Foam Insulation?

There are two main types of spray foam insulation – open cell and closed cell. And they are pretty much just what they sound like; open cells are not completely encapsulated, while closed cells are pressed together so tightly that air and moisture can't get inside. Both types of spray foam can be used in a variety of applications, including:

However, they each have benefits and drawbacks. 

Open cell foam is softer and more flexible and expands more after it is applied. It works very well in hard-to-reach areas where increased expansion is helpful, and it is also great for soundproofing as a single application can fill the area between studs. Additionally, open cell foam is more affordable. The drawbacks to this type of foam are that it has less of an R-Value, can generally only be applied in a single application, and does not perform as well in extreme temperatures. 

Closed cell foam can be as much as three times denser than open cell foam. Its R-Value is higher at up to seven per inch, and because it only expands about an inch each application, you can apply it in multiple layers to increase the R-Value. Another benefit of closed cell foam is that it serves as a vapor barrier and prevents water and moisture from entering the home. On the other hand, closed cell spray foam is more expensive, expands less, is harder to apply in tight spaces, and may require multiple layers to reach the desired R-Value.

Can It Be Hazardous To Have Spray Foam Insulation In My Home?

There are health risks to consider when using spray foam, as the chemicals in the foam can cause health issues. Spray foam is created by combining the chemicals isocyanate and polyol resin. When they react, they expand to up to 60 times their liquid volume by the time they become solid. In the process, they release hazardous fumes, and the proper equipment needs to be worn during installation. 

However, once the foam is fully expanded and dried, it is considered inert and no longer dangerous. 

What Are The Benefits Of Spray Foam Insulation For My Home?

There are many benefits to spray foam insulation in both new and existing construction. Increased insulation can reduce electric bills and maintain more consistent temperatures. Because of the way spray foam expands to fill whatever space it's sprayed in, it can fill cracks and holes to create a vapor barrier and keep pests at bay. Foam stops air leaks by creating an airtight seal and can serve as a soundproofing material.

How Do I Choose The Right Spray Foam Insulation Contractor? 

Choosing the right spray foam insulation contractor is an important decision. Some things to consider include the experience and reviews of a company as well as their initial consultation. 

At Prosite we have taken the time to understand where the insulation industry often falls short, and we work to improve those shortcomings to provide a superior end product. We also provide faster turnaround times and stick to our timelines with outstanding workmanship and exceptional service. We've been making customers happy for almost a decade and would love to add you to our list of happy customers. Call today for your consultation.