Spray Foam Insulation – The Good and the Bad

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spray foam insulation evokes strong opinions among builders, architects and homeowners alike. Some swear by it as the solution to everything that ails homes, while others think it’s warming the planet and compromises health and safety. And in the middle are those who work with it regularly and see its warts and benefits.

The goal of all insulation is to resist the flow of heat in and out of a space, so that it keeps you cozy in winter and cool in summer. Traditional fiberglass and cellulose do this, but they don’t seal the house like spray foam does.

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One of the biggest problems that afflicts new homes is air leakage. Foam insulation helps seal gaps and cracks where air moves through a home, and that can make the difference between a chilly house in winter and a warm and toasty one in summer.

In fact, air leakage accounts for up to 40 percent of a typical household’s energy costs, according to the Department of Energy. That’s why many homeowners opt for spray foam, which seals tight spaces with an effective air barrier and can save them 10 to 15 percent in energy bills over the course of a year.

It’s important to note that spray foam requires professional installation, and it’s generally recommended that occupants of the home vacate during the spraying and curing process. It also off-gases high levels of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, during the spraying and curing process, so it’s best to install a low GWP insulation alternative such as BASF Walltite CM01 or Genyk Boreal Nature.

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