Home Insulation

Modern Home Insulation Products For a Greener Home

With the advent of today's modern spray-in foam insulation systems, the days of the old-style fiberglass insulation method for insulating homes are pretty much a thing of the past. Not only is it very unfriendly environmentally, but it is also very inefficient when compared to today's new generation of totally green, eco-friendly and vastly more effective expanding and spray foam and expanding block foam insulation systems.

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Until now, the common practice to insulate a home was to install fiberglass insulation in the walls and attic. This insulation was rated for effectiveness based on its ability to limit the amount of conductive heat flow, or actual heat that is allowed to be transferred through it. This is known as the R-Value of the traditional insulation and the higher the R-Value, the less heat is allowed through and the more efficient the insulation is considered to be. The problem is that there is also significant air flow, or convection loss, through conventional fiberglass insulation. This adds up to 40% of a building's energy loss and cannot be stopped with traditional insulation.

The Benefits Of Spray Foam Insulation

There are four major benefits in using spray and expanding block foam insulation vs. traditional insulation in your new home. The first benefit is that when you install a foam system, it completely seals the block exterior walls or the interior walls and ceiling where it is applied. As well as insulating with a high R-Value, spray foam also provides a completely air-tight seal to allow zero air flow and convection loss through the insulation. There are no gaps anywhere with spray foam insulation and it eliminates the possibility of random air leaks. It also blocks pollutants from entering the house, helping to keep the air inside your home even cleaner.

The second important benefit is that a foam insulation system will pay for itself in a relatively short amount of time, in some cases almost immediately. Demilec and Icynene spray foam products can save you up to 50% on your heating and cooling costs, which will add up to big savings every month and huge savings over the lifetime of your home. Not only that, but spray foam will allow you to install the smallest, most efficient air conditioning system for the size of your home, saving you even more upfront money and avoiding the problems associated with having a too-powerful unit.

The third benefit is that foam creates a sort of 'cocoon' effect throughout your home, sealing it and making it almost airtight. This means that your home will be virtually free of moisture leaks and the possible mold and mildew that come with it. This also reduces the possibility of any drafts or hot and cold spots.

The fourth and final difference is that a foam insulation system is greener and a much more environmentally friendly composition than conventional insulation. A side benefit of foam is that it does not provide a food source for critters and insects and will actually help keep rodents and insects such as termites out of your home.

We use Bayer and Icynene foam insulation products almost exclusively because we feel these are some of the best products on the market today. We will be glad to sit down with you anytime and discuss the benefits of using these great products in your new home.

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