The benefits of spray foam insulation far outweigh the drawbacks, especially when compared to other types of insulation. It seals the entire building envelope, so air can’t leak into or out, saving you money on energy bills year-round. It also deters moisture, pests, and mold from causing damage in your walls. Spray foam insulation can be used in a variety of different spaces, including attics, rim joists, and crawl space. It’s a great option for new construction homes and pole barns, as well as insulating existing homes, commercial structures, and attics.
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Unlike fiberglass and cellulose, spray foam is a dense material that doesn’t compress or sag over time. It can be sprayed over drywall and other existing materials without removing them from the wall. This means that if you want to add more insulation in the future, you can simply replace the old layer with another sprayed layer. This is a cost-effective way to add more r-value to a room over time.
Homeowners who choose to have professional spray foam insulation installed in their homes will usually be able to take advantage of federal and state rebates on the project. These incentives help offset the cost of the material and labor for the installation.
The spray insulation material itself is non-toxic once it has cured. While it’s curing, though, it emits a gas that can cause blurred vision and trouble breathing. This is why it’s important to use full face and respiratory protection while applying the product.