Whether you are remodeling your home or building a new one the type of insulation you use is something you should research and learn more about. The team at E3 Power knows how important it is to make sure your Colorado home is as energy-efficient as your budget will allow. There are a variety of insulation types to choose from but we will be giving you some tips on how to choose the right spray foam insulation for your home.
Types of Insulation
There’s no shortage of options when it comes to insulating your house. The type you choose will depend on your budget, the area that you are trying to insulate, and the recommended R-Values of the area.
Traditional insulation types like batts and blankets come in rolls, are very common, and come in cub varieties. Other types of insulation include loose fill, structural insulated panels, and spray foam, all have their own sub-varieties. Spray foam is newer and has many advantages that we are going to highlight for you.
The Value of Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam has a higher r-value which helps to save money in the long run and use less energy. The initial cost of spray foam is higher but this pays for itself down the road. Professionals spray the liquid polyurethane insulation in the designated area as it dries it expands and fills all the cracks and crevices.
When the foam has dried the technician cuts away all the excess leaving a flat and clean area. If you can, consider having an air sealing consultation done before having insulation installed that way you are aware of all air leakages. It is important that you hire a professional to install your spray foam so that the job is done with minimal error and to keep yourself and family safe when the chemicals are mixed.
Opened-Cell Spray Foam
Opened-cell spray foam is used in walls, ceilings, and roofs and has an R-value of 3.5 to 3.6 per inch. The price of a 2x4 area can cost anywhere between $1- $1.20 per sq. ft. and is best completed by a trained professional. This type of spray foam is made up of petroleum or plant-based plastics.
It is important that you wait at least 3 days before entering your home after having the opened-cell spray foam sprayed. The VOC’s it emits during insulation can aggravate those with asthma or other breathing issues. Open-cell spray foam allows water vapor to pass through so you may still need a moisture barrier depending on your situation.
Closed-Cell Spray Foam
Closed-cell spray foam has an R-value of 6.0 to 6.5 per inch, cost around $1.75 to $3.00 per square foot, and should only be installed by a professional. This particular foam is best used for ceilings, walls, and roofs and is one of the best insulation options out there. Closed-cell foam is virtually air and waterproof and an excellent for retarding vapor.
Although more expensive than cellulose or fiberglass the amount of protection you get pays off down the road. The consistency of the foam once dry also provides strength to any wall it is installed in adding even more benefits. The main downfall to closed-cell foam is the HCF’s emitted when it is sprayed into the cavity, making it your least environmentally sound choice.
Call Us Today
If you have any questions about choosing the right spray foam insulation for your home, E3 Power has a team ready to answer those questions. We provide commercial and residential audits along with a variety of other services. Give us a call today!