Spray Foam Insulation: The Superior Choice

The Catskills, NY

Why Choose Spray Foam Insulation?

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Spray foam insulation is a great way to ensure excellent home energy efficiency in your home. Whether it’s new construction or adding to a current home or business, our spray home insulation provides a moisture barrier and can be added to foundations, floors, walls, attics, basements and exterior walls.

While spray foam insulation has been around for more than 50 years, today’s product is far superior to what was used even 10 years ago. It is more advanced, efficient and safe than the foam that was used decades ago and more effective than other types of insulation.

What is Spray Foam Insulation?

Spray foam insulation is Sprayed Polyurethane Foam (SPF) and there are two types - open cell and closed cell. The difference between the two is density. Open cell foam includes more air pockets, which means closed cell has more weight per cubic foot.

Open cell is 0.5 pounds per cubic foot and is a thermal barrier generally used in an acoustic area, such as in the interior walls of buildings. Closed cell is 1.5 to 3 pounds per cubic foot and is used as a thermal barrier and a moisture barrier that is typically used on the exterior walls of buildings.

Comparing R Values

An R Value is used to rate the effectiveness of different types of insulation by measuring resistance to heat flow. The higher the R Value, the better the material insulates per square inch. According to The Department of Energy, closed cell SPF has an R Value ranging from 5.6 to 8.0, while open cell rates around 3.5. 

The R Values of some other forms of insulation, such as cellulose (3.1-3.8), stone wool (3.3-4.2) and fiberglass (2.9-3.8), have nearly the same rating as open cell SPF, but the ability of open cell foam to block air transfer between interior and exterior environments is just one reason it’s superior choice to other forms of insulation.

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Reasons to Choose SPF from Home Foam Installation

Save Money
Having our spray foam insulation installed can reduce energy costs by up to 50 percent.

A Permanent Choice
Spray foam will not sag or deteriorate over time.

Increased Comfort
Spray foam eliminates drafts and helps keep your home environment comfortable more consistently than other types of insulation.

Improved Air Quality
Closed cell spray foam provides a better breathing environment by eliminating air transfer from outside.

Mold Remediation
Closed cell spray foam creates a moisture barrier and is waterproof, so it does not promote the growth of mold.

Insect/Rodent Barrier
There is no nutritional value to spray foam and its density deters insects, mice and even red squirrels.

Fire Protection
Our foam is an “Appendix X” rated product, which means it can be sprayed into crawl spaces and attics and remain without a fire barrier because of its ability to stop the spread of flame.

Fire-Rated Paint
We can apply an Intumescent paint (DC315), which satisfies all current building codes regarding fire and the spread of flame.

Structural Stability
Tests have shown that closed cell SPF provides significant additional structural stability.

FEMA Approved
Closed cell spray foam insulation is resistant to flood damage and is the only type of insulation FEMA will pay to have installed.