It’s common to have many questions about spray foam insulation. These are some of the most frequently asked questions we get. Please feel free to contact us with any other questions or concerns you may have HERE.
What IS spray foam insulation?
Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is a spray-applied plastic. SPF is ideal for insulating buildings and offers a highly effective solution in reducing unwanted air infiltration through cracks, seams, and joints. Once the spray is applied, the medium expands in place to fill any cracks and gaps. This seals the building, making it more energy-efficient and comfortable.
What are the Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation?
There are many benefits to choosing spray foam insulation over more traditionally used cellulose or batt insulation. These forms have been commonly used to save money and labour costs. But the long term benefits of spray foam far outweigh the initial costs.
Some benefits include:
• Reduces home energy bills
• Increases structural integrity
• Improves energy efficiency
• Creates a more comfortable home
• Reduces dampness, mold, mildew
• Improves air quality for allergy sufferers
• Keeps rodents from entering
• Increases resale value
• Reduces drafts and air loss
• Saves money on other building costs
• Low long term maintenance costs
What is the Difference Between Open and Closed Cell Insulation?
Though closed-cell and open-cell foam both insulate a home, they do so in different ways.
Closed-cell foam is made up of cells (bubbles) that are completely encapsulated. These closed cells form a strong, rigid material that keeps air and moisture from entering the cells.
Closed-cell foam is the best choice when insulating a Canadian home, as it can achieve 2x the R-Value of open-cell inside a standard wall. The closed-cell also acts as a vapour barrier, so water and moisture will be less likely to get inside the structure. Thus, reducing the chance for mold and mildew to form. It becomes very rigid which also adds to the structural integrity of the building.
Open-cell foam is made up of cells (bubbles) that are, as the name suggests, open. This creates a soft, flexible material.
A big benefit to open-cell foam is its ability to expand so greatly after it has been applied. Because of this, it can insulate hard to reach nooks and crannies. While it doesn’t offer as many benefits as closed-cell, open-cell foam is more affordable and is often used for soundproofing. Unfortunately, open-cell foam simply cannot insulate as effectively as closed-cell foam. So it’s not ideal for Canadian climates.
Do You Provide Free Estimates?
Yes. We understand that insulating your home or business is an important decision and a long term investment. We provide free, no-obligation, on-site consultations to discuss your needs and establish an estimate for your project.
Are the Chemicals in Spray Foam Insulation Safe for Family Homes?
Yes, all of our products are fully approved by Health Canada for both residential and commercial use. We specifically chose to use the greenest products available. All of which are 100% formaldehyde-free.
You can learn more about the specific product we use HERE.
Can Spray Foam Really Save Me Money?
Yes, in several different ways. As covered in our article Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation, spray foam acts as an air barrier to seal any cracks and gaps and prevent air leakage. Minimizing these leaks can drastically decrease heating and cooling costs. In some cases, up to 50%!
Those typical leaks and gaps that occur with common batt insulation can lead to water damage and therefore, the potential for mold and mildew. Using spray foam eliminates those leaks, and chances of damage and future repair.
Additionally, choosing spray foam for a new build may even reduce costs in other areas of your project. Using closed-cell SPF often eliminates the need for vapour barrier purchase and installation. It can also reduce the size of the HVAC system required for your build.
Can Spray Foam Insulation Increase Resale Value?
Yes! More and more people are taking utility costs into consideration when purchasing a home. Because spray foam decreases air leaks/heat loss, homeowners notice a huge reduction in their home energy bills. This is proving to be a strong selling feature.
Will Spray Foam Deteriorate Over Time
No. When properly installed, spray foam insulation will last for the lifetime of your home. Closed-cell foam is structurally strong, water-resistant, and will not deteriorate.
Will my Family Have to Vacate Our Home During Installation?
Unfortunately, yes. This is a downside of the installation process. Our installers wear protective equipment to protect them from respiratory issues. It’s safest for homeowners and other trades to vacate the premises until at least 12 hours after installation is complete.