The Pros and Cons of Spray Foam Insulation

Most construction projects utilize spray foam insulation due to its energy efficiency and comfort benefits. It fixes issues that have inadequate insulation, decreases utility expenses and acts as an air barrier and insulation material.

Here are the cons and pros to consider if you need to use Spray foam insulation Colorado.

Pros

  1. It can keep away contaminants from your home: Since this product creates an air-tight seal, you’ll keep dust and pollen away from your home, reducing your HVAC system’s capacity requirements.
  2. It adds strength to the roof and walls: It reduces noise pollution from outside and adds strength to your structure. The spray foam doesn’t sag even in extreme cold.
  3. It is eco-friendly: It reduces energy consumption, prevents moisture which could cause wear and tear and uses fewer materials to make the product.
  4. Offers longer lifespan: It has an indefinite lifespan, meaning there are several benefits to enjoy with this product, although the installation cost is slightly higher.
  5. It deters mildew and mold build-up: It doesn’t give a food source for bacteria, mold or mildew even if it gets wet. The inert polymer makes sure of that.
  6. It is impermeable to water: It protects your crawl space or attic from moisture and avoids absorbing moisture during floods.
  7. It offers an air-tight seal that’s hard to break: It expands into the cracks on the walls, attic and crawl spaces, and this reduces energy loss. Therefore, your house will remain warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
  8. Reduces utility bills: It is used with other forms of insulation to cut down detrimental airflow problems which can go via the floor, ceiling or walls.

Cons

  1. It doesn’t always fill all cavities: The foam may not reach some gaps when its expanding and may cause noise to leak in and cold during winter and warmth in summer.
  2. It may shrink and also encourage water damage: It may shrink as the product ages and reduce its insulative qualities. The missed cavities create a risk of water-damage too.
  3. It is expensive, creates health risks and may not meet the R-value code requirements: Isocyanates is an ingredient that could irritate the stomach, eyes, and lungs if one comes into contact with it. Long-term exposure causes chemical bronchitis and asthma.