Foam Insulation is more efficient than other forms because it acts as both great insulation and an air sealant. Air infiltration – air leaks, holes, and gaps – run up energy bills and are a waste of heating and cooling energy (up to 40%). Use foam and you have a real winner in your home or business because it expands to fill in and close all those leaks. Save up to 20% on energy bills with full insulation.
Here is some interesting and useful information from the U.S. Department of Energy:
- Up to 56% of the energy used in a home goes to heating and cooling the home.
- Spray foam insulation can help reduce the workload on your HVAC system because of its high R-value and effectiveness.
- HVAC systems have a major effect on utility bills and your energy consumption.
- Maintaining an optimal HVAC system can make your home more energy efficient.
This is amazing – with spray foam, HVAC sizing can be reduced as much as 35% without the loss of efficiency and performance.
Spray foam insulation is the ideal insulation for your home because it is also an air sealant.
What Type of Foam Insulation is Best?
Today’s foam insulation comes in three forms. To know which is best for your needs you need to match the type with its specific application such as:
- High Density is closed-cell for roofing and heavy exterior uses
- Medium Density is closed-cell for continuous insulation, interior wall cavities, and unvented attics
- Low Density is open-cell used for interior wall cavities and unvented attics
High Density is typically used when high insulation values and strength are needed. Its denser structure is an excellent choice for roofing and other exterior insulation applications. It has good thermal resistance properties, protects against air and water infiltration, and strengthens the structure. It bonds to the roof and helps hold down the roof in high winds.
Medium Density is often used where you need the greatest possible R-value insulation per inch. This type of foam acts as barriers to vapor, air, and water. It can also reduce the noise level in the structure. It can also add high tensile and bond strength. It is not often affected by moisture from rains.
Low Density is open-cell foam insulation that weighs less than closed-cell. It is typically used for continuous applications and gives some flexibility to the hardened foam. It provides an air barrier but is permeable to vapor and moisture. It stays a little soft and flexible after setting. It fills cracks well to provide great insulation value. It also helps absorb sound quite well.
Spray Foam Insulation is Used In a Variety of Areas
is widely used in a variety of areas. It can withstand the rigors of any climate from hot to cold and from humid to arid. Its application is truly universal and knows no bounds. The three major places foam insulation is used in the U. S. include:
- Residential Homes
- Commercial Buildings
- Industrial structures
It is also used in barns and other farm and ranch structures, pavilions in parks, storage facilities, tree houses and playhouses, guard stations, schools, government buildings, and any other places that need heating and cooling year round.
How Foam Insulation is Installed, Removed, and Discarded
Most spray foam is a two-part insulation. Two ingredients are mixed at the application site using special equipment in a trailer or truck. The mixture is sent through heated hoses to a mixing gun that sprays the foam chemicals on to the surfaces. As soon as the chemicals are mixed a chain reaction begins. The mixture adheres to the surfaces, foams, and expands to fill the cavities between walls, rafters, and joists. It soon hardens and does its job.
Contractors also use spray foam for smaller insulation jobs. They can purchase disposable tanks that contain the chemicals, use them for the application, and then dispose of them. This is very convenient and does away with the commercial equipment.
The professionals make sure the chemical components are heated to the proper temperature before use. This way the foam does not shrink away from the surfaces it adheres to. The pros do not rush the job to prevent voids and sloppy work. Choose a reputable contractor and monitor their work to make sure it meets your expectations.
of some unwanted foam insulation may be necessary. Your contractor will use different methods suited for cured and non-cured insulation. Cured removal is accomplished by cutting it out with sharp tools and then sanding the residue. All insulation will be transported to an approved disposal center.
Services Offered by AB Insulation
- Remove and discard old insulation
- Install radiant barriers that increase efficiency
- Provide home air sealing
- Install noise control
Old insulation can become degraded, polluted, and damaged by water. Age, animal, and insect infestation can ruin insulation over time. Feces, urine and animal debris spoil the insulation and cause ugly odors. Polluted dust can enter the living areas of a home and cause problems.
Water accumulation below insulation can lead to mold and mildew. In some cases, the water can wash away chemicals embedded in the insulation that acts as a fire retardant. Water can degrade insulation to a useless state. We remove it with safe and effective procedures, clean up the areas, and install new insulation.
We install radiant barriers that are very effective in reducing the South Florida heat. The material reflects heat instead of absorbing it. Radiant barriers reduce your cooling bills by increasing the efficiency of your HVAC system.
Air leakage, called infiltration, occurs when unwanted air enters or leaves your home through cracks and openings. Outside heat entering these places will increase your utility bills. Proper air sealing will significantly correct this problem. As a bonus, sealing these places will improve your home’s durability and improve indoor air quality.
Another valuable service provided by AB Insulation is noise control. The noise level is reduced by installing maximum insulation in attics and wall cavities. Noise is reduced from room to room and from the outside. We will use the options that work best for your home.
How Much Does Foam Insulation Cost in South Florida?
- Miami Dade
- Palm Beach
Open-cell spray foam costs between $0.44 and $.65 per board foot. Closed-cell foam averages from $1.00 to $1.50 per board foot. The average cost to have an entire house insulated with spray foam varies from $1,100 to $3,300. The cost can vary depending on whether your home is an older one or a newly constructed one.