Residential Foam Insulation

Save Up To 30% With Residential Foam Insulation

With the cost of keeping your home warm going up and up it's good that there are some things you can do to save yourself money. You can consider upgrading windows and doors. You can also upgrade the type of insulation in your home to residential foam insulation.

When you think about installing attic insulation or insulation anywhere in your home you want to be aware of the R-value of the insulation. R-values are very simple to understand. R-value ratings are given by the building industry that are a key to how well different insulating materials work. The higher the R-value the better quality the insulation. R-value applies to cellular glass insulation, styrofoam insulation and mineral wood insulation.

When we looked into different types of insulation for our home we took the R-value into consideration. We also wanted a clean insulation. We wanted to get away from the pink Owens Corning fiberglass batt insulation we had in the attic and basement ceiling.

We considered do-it-yourself foam insulation. It's easy to find polyurethane foam insulation kits online. However, after some discussion we decided that even if it cost a bit more we'd have it done by a professional. It would undoubtedly go quicker and be done better by a professional. We figured that the amount of potential over-spray if we did the job ourselves would probably be costly. Also, the professionals have all the necessary tools and safety equipment.

We found out that the cost for residential foam insulation would be between $1.25 and $2.25 per square foot. The difference in price depends on the wall thickness and the type of spray foam insulation used.

There are two types of spray foam, closed-cell and open-cell. Closed-cell is polyurethane and open-cell is isocyanurate. You'll find that closed-cell has a higher R-value.

We were advised to put an open-cell residual foam insulation in the attic. This is due to the fact that the roof is where excess interior water vapors leave the home. We have vents in our attic which also help water to escape. We decided to use isocyanurate open-cell foal insulation in our basement as well.

Needless to say from what we've read if we were building a home from the ground up we'd definitely choose to have residential foam insulation applied. Even though we've been told that residential foam insulation can cost up to three times more than other traditional insulations such as Owens corning insulation, styrofoam, mineral wood and cellular glass, the increase in the R-value can cut energy bills by 30%. This can be a huge savings for most families.