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Spray Foam Insulation: Which type is right for me?

In most cases, speaking to a professional is usually the first start to learning about what product to choose, especially when it comes to contracting and building materials like insulation. With all of the advancements and upgrades that have been made with modern insulation, however, you might find that a lot of insulation professionals have yet to move on to the newer, more improved materials. It is for this reason that you want to do a little bit of research before you head out to talk to anyone, so you know what to watch and listen for when choosing the right materials for you.

Know the Facts

There are many types of insulation overall. From the traditional fiberglass insulation that comes in batts or rolls, to cellulose insulation, many of these types of insulation, while still effective, are not quite as good as the newer forms of Polyurethane foam insulation. You might find that the older, more traditional, types of insulation can be much cheaper than the newer foam insulation options, but consider the whole picture.

Factors to Consider

Installation: Each type of insulation comes with its own challenges for installation. Talk to your insulation specialist or contractor to discuss how they plan on installing your insulation, and then maybe even follow that information up with additional research or a second opinion. You want to make sure that your insulation is installed properly to get the very best efficiency from your insulation. Also be sure that whoever is installing your insulation is well trained and certified to do the installation properly.

Strength: The overall strength of the insulation is important. Closed cell spray Polyurethane foam, for example, is super strong and resilient. Conversely, older fiberglass materials will not be quite as strong as the newer versions. The strength of the material itself contributes to the resilience, resistance, and overall effectiveness of the product.

R-Value: The R-value of insulation is a measurement of how much the product is resistant to heat flow. This is an important measurement, because it not only amounts to how warm or cool you can keep your building, but also how energy efficient it is. Energy loss, or heat loss, is one of the number one contributing factors to over-expensive energy costs and savings.

Keep Foam In Mind

One of the biggest advancements in super-efficient insulation has come in the form of spray Polyurethane foam. The two main types of Polyurethane foam insulation come in the form of open cell foam or closed cell foam. The open or closed cell refers to how much air is in the material, which affects many different qualities of the insulation. For example, open cell foam is very lightweight and soft, and is great for sound insulation, making it a great option for indoor walls. Closed cell foam is much denser, which makes it much stronger and more resistant to moisture and weather, which makes it a better option for outdoor walls. Both of these materials have good R-values per mere inch of material, making it much easier to deal with and install in many projects.

Foam insulation is an excellent option for so many building projects. Overall, you have to do a little research to figure out which insulation options will be the best for your specific project.

Georgia Foam Solutions specializes in spray Polyurethane foam insulation. Their experienced and knowledgeable staff members are happy to answer whatever questions you might have.

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