TCS Insulation & Coatings Explains Spray Foam Insulation

Batt insulation is a green building material that is used to improve the energy efficiency of new homes. It provides a higher R-value per inch of thickness, meaning it resists heat flow in and out more effectively than fiberglass batt insulation. It also minimizes air infiltration and provides a tighter home envelope leading to lower energy bills.

Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is made of 2 types of composite materials that chemically react at the tip of a gun to expand and harden when sprayed on roof tiles, concrete slabs or into wall cavities. Its unique ability to fill gaps and voids makes it an ideal insulator, whereas traditional fiberglass and cellulose can leave large air pockets.

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There are 2 different types of spray foam: open and closed cells. Closed-cell foam is a bit more expensive than open cell, but it’s physically stronger and does a better job of insulating the home. It also creates an effective vapor barrier and eliminates the need for homeowners to add a vapor barrier on their own after the spray foam cures.

Homeowners should have professional contractors install spray foam insulation. The process can be very messy and requires that occupants of the home vacate while it is being applied. The spraying and curing process of the spray foam off-gases a lot of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). It is recommended that the occupants stay away until the process has finished, generally within 1-3 days.

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