Posted on: 1 December 2014
Owning your own home can be a source of immense pride and accomplishment, but it is not without its challenges. Many people have very little baseline knowledge in some important aspects of home maintenance and damage prevention. Frequently, choosing the right insulation for your home is among those things that many people are stumped by.
Below, you'll find a guide to some of the benefits for choosing spray foam insulation for your home. Every new house is different and every builder and contractor will have his or her own preferences, but using the information below will make you more prepared to be a part of the conversation and more engaged in your home building process.
Barriers To Air
For many years, fiberglass insulation has been the standard option for home builders. It's relatively easy to manage and inexpensive. Unfortunately, however, the desire to cut costs in the short term often trumps the long term economic benefits of choosing spray insulation instead.
Fiberglass, by nature, is easily penetrated by moving air. This means that any gaps in the exterior of your home will leave you exposed to the environment, and that exposure can tax your heating and cooling system. This will result in increased energy consumption and, eventually, expensive repairs. Spray insulation will seal those gaps and deflect that air, easing the strain on your HVAC system.
Fiberglass insulation creates environmental conditions that draw heat and moisture into your attic. As such, the attic has to be thoroughly ventilated. Without ventilation, the humid atmosphere can damage your stored possessions and create an uncomfortable, difficult-to-navigate storage space.
Spray insulation will keep the temperature of your attic much lower and the atmosphere much less moist. This will decrease (if not eliminate) your ventilation needs, allowing you to more securely store your important possessions and have a comfortable space in which you can move around and get the most out of your square footage.
If your home is in an urban area or a busy subdivision, the environmental noise can be a serious challenge. If you find yourself constantly distracted by passing cars or the sound of pedestrians, you may not realize that your insulation can be to blame. As is the case with moving air, sound can penetrate your home more easily through fiberglass. Spray-on insulation will seal those same gaps and create a much more comfortable, quiet environment that will guarantee peace and enjoyment in your house.Share