Not Familiar with Spray Foam? Wondering Why It’s Different Than Other Insulation Material?

An uncomfortable home and rising heating and cooling costs and you’ve got a recipe for frustration. In many cases, the attic areas of a home can be the source of these issues. Attics represent a large square footage of the home, and they often contain mechanical systems and have been a work zone over the years for electricians, remodelers, and homeowners.

But depending on the set-up and situation for your attic, what’s the best insulation product to use for your space? In many retrofit insulation projects, Spray-Foam Insulation is the go-to choice for homeowners.

If you think Spray Foam is different than other insulation materials, well, you’re right! Most people are familiar with cellulose, fiberglass, and even rigid foam board insulation, but spray foam is seen as new, expensive, and even concerning for some people. The truth is, spray foam is a lot like other insulation in many respects, but with a few key differences, making it better for some applications than other materials on the market.

In every scenario, insulation’s purpose is to slow the transfer of heat through a material. Your kitchen mittens stop a hot pan from burning your skin. In the snow, gloves prevent the heat from your hand from escaping and causing frostbite. In an attic, insulation helps keep the air you pay to heat and cool inside the living space of your home. Just like a pair of gloves, the quality of the insulation and the material type determines its effectiveness. Spray Foam Insulation, when installed by a certified and trained applicator is an excellent choice for insulation and air-sealing needs in a home.

Spray Foam inside of the attic can be used in a number of different options, but it’s typically applied to the underside of your roof or to the back of the drywall on the ceiling of your top floor. When Spray Foam is applied to the roof deck, this is called an Encapsulation or Conditioning of the Attic Space. This process enlarges the heated and cooled space of your home, but it does so in a way that is extremely effective in saving energy and improving comfort. Encapsulating or Conditioning your attic with Spray Foam Insulation can create a comfortable, usable, and energy-efficient area for your home’s mechanical equipment and ductwork, as well as storage space for your property. It can even help you maximize your home’s living space by allowing you to drywall and finish off areas of the home you never thought possible. If you don’t want to install spray foam on your roof line, FLC Energy can still install it on the back of the drywall ceiling. In fact, Closed Cell Spray Foam is so strong you can stand on it with only 3″ on the back of the drywall!

What are Some of the Benefits of Spray Foam?

  • Spray Foam Insulation is Air-Tight
  • Closed Cell Spray Foam does not support Mold Growth
  • Spray Foam Insulation is Water Resistant
  • Spray Foam Expands into Difficult and Hard-to-Reach Spaces
  • Spray Foam has a Much Higher R-Value than Traditional Insulation Materials

Okay, so we know Spray Foam can be a Great Choice, but is there a catch?

No Catch, Spray Foam is a great insulation choice. That said, it usually comes with a higher up-front cost than other insulation materials. Spray Foam is also applied with a chemical process, so ventilation and occupation of insulated spaces are important to understand and discuss. Because of Spray Foam’s chemical process, it’s also critical that you work with a qualified Home Performance Contractor with training and experience. FLC ENERGY’s Spray Foam Crew Members are trained and certified and each and every one of our jobs receive a post-work Quality Control inspection.

So whether you’re replacing existing insulation, conditioning your crawlspace, insulating your exterior walls, or encapsulating your attic, #CallFLC to ensure your project is done correctly. FLC Energy has over 30 years of experience in the Home Performance field and works every day to improve our client’s comfort, indoor air quality, and energy efficiency.

#CallFLC today at 410-860-8410, or Contact Us to get your home improvement project started!

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