Spray foam insulation is relatively new to the American market but it’s one of the best things to come along in the building industry in many years. Of all the contractor supplies available, having a good dow spray foam insulation kit and gun spray foam sealants can make an enormous difference in not only the speed with which a building can be sealed but also the effectiveness of the seal and the overall insulation quality. Here’s five reasons why spray foam insulation is the best:
Amazing Energy SavingsSpray foam insulation is so powerful and so good at it’s job that it can outperform all other types of insulation we have. It is so effective, in fact that having spray foam insulation put in can cut air conditioning and heating costs by up to 60% a month. Since heating and cooling account for about 50% of the energy used in any ordinary home, this can add up to huge savings over time.
You can probably tell by the energy savings just how effective an insulator spray foam must be, but there are other stats that speak to its effectiveness, as well. Using exterior insulated finish systems (EIFS) can cut the amount of air that infiltrates the average wall by as much as 55% over the use of traditional construction materials. Spray foam is able to tightly seal tiny nooks and cracks that would be missed or simply left exposed through traditional methods of insulation, and spray foam has the highest air resistance seal ranking of any insulating material on the market.
Another great reason to choose spray foam insulation is that it is not just resistant to air: it’s also resistant to moisture. Water and dampness that gets into your house or place of business can result in mold. Spray foam insulation is completely impermeable to water. This means less mold in a building insulated with foam; it also means that if the building floods, the spray foam doesn’t absorb the water like traditional insulating materials would.
A Truly Green Material
It might not seem like something that is clearly a chemical, such as spray foam, could be a green material. But humans have to insulate their homes, and the best way to do that is with spray foam insulation. It takes less energy to produce and install, it effectively protects the home so that energy bills go down and less energy is consumed, and it doesn’t need to be replaced as often as other types of insulation.
As intimated above, one of the best benefits of spray foam insulation is its longevity. It tends to last for decades before it needs to be replaced. Unlike some other types of insulating materials, spray foam insulation will continue to perform at the same level throughout its ilfespan of 20 years or more.
It’s impossible to beat the savings and value of film sealants. Foam sealant in every building would result in lower energy costs, less mold, and more effective insulation for all of us.