What is It?
Foam insulants consists of an expanding foam material. Not only does it work to seal up your walls from drafts but it also will reduce energy costs. A single application will result in most homeowners seeing a savings of up to 50% off their monthly bills.
For our foam products, we chose those that use renewable oils for the foam and also incorporates recycled plastic bottles. These products will not break down, sag, or settle, so you can count on them for the life of your home.
What are the drawbacks of foam insulation?
When foam insulants are installed they adhere to the surface the crews apply them to and then expand to fill all gaps and crevices. While this helps give a near perfect coverage it also makes it impossible to move without needing to reinstall new foam. Whereas other insulants like batt and blown-in can easily be moved to access wires and ducts behind them, foam varieties must be replaced if any work needs to be done beneath the insulant.
Types Of Foam Insulation
At Pro Home Improvement our insulation experts have experience with three types of foam insulation. While these two materials may seem similar in physical appearance there are some specific benefits associated with both.
Closed-Cell Spray Foam
Closed-cell spray foams offer the best insulation due to their high r-value and resistance to moisture penetration. This helps to curb moisture build-up and stops the growth of mold. This insulant is also dense enough to reinforce your walls and ceiling while stopping drafts from gaps in your walls. The r-value of closed cell spray foam is between 6 and 7.14 per inch.
Open-Cell Spray Foam
Open-cell spray foams expand after application. This allows them to be used in hard-to-reach spaces. But, this material is far less dense than closed cell and features an R-value of 3.6-3.8 per inch. However, the R-value of open-cell polyurethane spray foam is lower, in the 3.6 to 3.8 per inch range. Open-cell spray foam does not have the same water resistance as closed cell and does not give the walls or ceilings the same added support. It is however far less costly than closed-cell and may be a good choice for those on a budget.
What should I expect during installation?
When used in your attic, the install process does not take long. Our crews will lay down tarps to keep your carpets and furniture safe from their gear. They will also enter your home to in protective gear so they do not inhale the toxic fumes emitted during application. Due to the toxic nature of some of the fumes produced while the foam is expanding you must leave your home vacant. No one should enter your home for at least 24 hours from the time our crews finish the install.
When used in exterior walls, the install process involves drillin gsmall holes in the exterior surface of the home. This will require the removal of some siding where applicable. After the insulation has been installed then the crew will work to close up the holes and leave your home’s exterior looking as good as when they arrived.
Do you offer spray foam insulation near me?
Pro Home Improvement’s offices are near Detroit, MI and we regularly provide foam insulation services to residents all over Metro Detroit. From Ann Arbor all the way up to Flint, we have proven ourselves as the best local insulation contractors. We provide free inspections prior to all estimates and include yearly inspections on all finished projects.
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