Is Spray Foam Insulation Right for Your Home?

We get a lot of questions about spray foam, and when it’s the best application for your home. This article is intended to highlight some of the pros, cons and specific applications for spray foam. It’s not meant to be a technical document about the different kinds or chemical makeup, nor a debate on whether the product is better than its fiberglass, cellulose or other counterparts.

Spray Foam is Misunderstood

The biggest misunderstandings we run into when customers request spray foam are when and where to use it. Spray foam is not typically a product that we apply into an existing attic as a way to increase R-Value or make your home more comfortable. We also do not drill holes into your drywall or masonry block to inject spray foam into walls.

Spray foam is an excellent insulator and more commonly used in new construction as part of an overall energy-efficient plan for the home, creating not only a heat barrier, but also an air barrier – and with certain types of foam, a moisture barrier – as well as a more tightly sealed home.

Blown-in Insulation is not Spray Foam

We have found that sometime customers mistake the act of blowing in insulation as “spraying” and thus get it confused. Most attic insulation upgrades are performed by blowing in cellulose (a recycled paper product) or fiberglass loose fill insulation into an attic. This is often done over any old batt or blown insulation. This is a very effective way to amp up your R-Value and fill-in (not seal) the small nooks and other voids that are not usually insulated well.

So, is Spray Foam Right for my Home?

The best way to know if spray foam is the best solution for your insulation needs is to talk with one of our experts. Simply call our offices at (480) 505-2120 or email [email protected] and ask to speak with someone about your insulation project. With decades in the business and highly qualified sales staff, R&K is here to guide your purchase so you achieve your goals and stay within your budget.

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