If cost is your most important consideration when choosing between insulation options, spray foam is the clear choice. The key is not to make the mistake of focusing exclusively on initial installed cost. Homes that are properly insulated with spray foam yield ongoing utility savings of 30% to 50%! These tremendous savings typically exceed the additional investment in your monthly mortgage, so your decision is cash flow positive from the start. If energy costs continue to escalate your monthly savings will be even greater. The final way your investment pays dividends is when you sell your more valuable, energy efficient home.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, nearly half of your home energy consumption is used for heating and cooling. The next two biggest categories, water heating and lighting only add up to 23% combined. A properly spray foam insulated home has significantly less air leaks meaning smaller, more efficient HVAC units can be chosen and they won’t have to work so hard to keep your home comfortable.
People are becoming ever more conscious of their impact on the environment and the effects our actions have on future generations. Everyone understands that using less energy is important and people are happy to make changes that don’t negatively impact them in other ways (cost, quality, convenience etc.) to reduce consumption. Most people don’t realize that the average home contributes twice as much green house gas as the average car. Spray foam insulation is one of those “win/win” choices that are both good for your pocketbook and the environment.
We spend a huge percent of our life in our homes. Doesn’t it make sense that we would want this to be a healthy environment for our family and ourselves? Water based spray foam insulation contains no formaldehyde, CFCs, HCFCs, VOCs, dust or fibers that other insulations can contain. Spray foam insulation greatly reduces moisture and condensation that become breeding grounds for mold and mildew. It seals out pollen, dust, and other allergens and pollutants, including toxic garage fumes. The insulation is flame resistant, and provides absolutely no food value to mold or insects.
Air leaks can create drafts and unwanted temperature variances within your home. These leaks are very common around exterior outlets, lighting fixtures, and plumbing. Spray foam expands over 30 times its original volume filling cracks and voids to keep out unwanted, unconditioned air. Air leaks also carry dust, pollen, fumes and other irritants that make people who are sensitive or allergic uncomfortable.
Noise can be especially disturbing when you want to relax in your home. Spray foam is also a great sound insulator, so you can enjoy a more peaceful living environment. Maybe you especially want to keep certain areas of your home quiet, such as bedrooms or a nursery. You might also want to keep sounds from a particularly noisy area, like a game room, media room or home-theater isolated. Spray foam can even be applied over water lines to quiet noisy plumbing.
We all want a home that lasts and does not require structural repairs. 90% of all building failures occur because of moisture problems. Studies have shown that over seven gallons of water can enter a home during a heating season through a single electrical outlet. This moisture can accumulate behind sheetrock, cabinets, mirrors and baseboards causing unseen mold growth and structural deterioration. The adhered foam essentially glues walls together providing additional reinforcement that may double the strength of a wall.