Building material technology is keeping up with the changing needs of our society. Those needs encompass a range of concerns, from safety to energy efficiency. Foam insulation spray is one of the building materials resulting from advances in our technology.
If you are constructing a home or business, foam insulation spray is a smart choice. As an insulator, it is fire resistant, energy efficient and greener than most traditional materials available.
Additionally, it is easy to install and you can even do it yourself if you are trying to save on labor costs. Regardless of your space or climate needs, this is one of the most beneficial products you can use.
An important safety feature in any structure is its ability to resist burning. In fire tests, foam insulation performed far better than structures left bare.
In the un-insulated floor joist structure, the fire penetrated the plywood roof in 9 minutes and 30 seconds.
Conversely, the spray-in insulator showed only sporadic burning after 3 minutes and 40 seconds and no penetration through the top of the structure. As a matter of fact, after 20 minutes, the flames burned themselves out, leaving only minimal charring on the test material. The integrity of the structure was not even compromised after a 26 minute trial.
Spray foam insulation is also recommended by government agencies for areas that face water dangers.
If you want an energy efficient product, this is a practical solution. Unlike other insulators, when the compound is applied, it expands to fill joints, joists and crevices. It also adheres to itself so there are no air pockets within the material. This means that it is air tight. You won't lose money because your foam insulation prevents air from seeping in or out, causing your heating or cooling units to consumer less power.
In this way, foam insulation spray is greener than other materials. However, it is also greener based on its composition. The components are agriculturally based (the actual formula is industry proprietary). It does not contain substances that can harm the ozone layer and is composed of mainly renewable resources.
If cost is your top priority, you should explore foam insulation options. Because it is sprayed in, you can apply this insulator to walls that are already constructed. The nature of the material allows it to easily fill joints, crevices, crawl spaces and hard to reach areas without tearing your walls apart. That alone is cost effective. You can also apply it yourself, saving money on labor and contractors.
When you have to decide how you are going to insulate your home or business, a variety of materials is available. However, spray foam insulation offers the most benefits.
It protects your structure from fire and water damage. It offers you a greener option because it is agriculturally based and renewable. Energy efficiency is yet another benefit - saving energy on heating and cooling needs.
In addition to all of these perks, it saves you money by reducing the amount of work you have to put in to get it in place. It also contributes to an increase in the value of your property.