Spray foam insulation is quickly becoming the most popular form of insulation around for many different reasons. It outperforms fiberglass insulation and cellulose insulation in almost every category that matters in the insulation industry. What is spray foam really though? Is it safe? How does it work? Greenstar Insulation will help you understand the ins-and-outs of our industry leading open cell and closed cell spray foam insulations. That way you can make an informed decision about what, when and how your next home insulation will look.
What Is Spray Foam Made Of?
Spray foam comes in two different varieties, open and closed. Each has its own benefits that will be discussed in a further section but are primarily made up of similar components. Both open and closed foam insulations are made up of a mixture of two liquids that combine to form a chemical reaction. Depending on the type of spray foam these two liquids will react differently but in both cases still form a polyurethane result.
The Science Behind How Spray Foam Works
These two liquids are commonly referred to as the “A side” and” B side”. One is typically a blend of polyols, catalysts, blowing agent and flame retardant while the other is a methylene diphenyl diisocyanate and polymeric methylene diphenyl diisocyanate. When these two liquids are combined and sprayed out, the foam is created.
Why Is Spray Foam Superior To Fiberglass Insulation?
Fiberglass insulation just doesn’t seal the same way spray foam insulation does. This means the air you’re trying to keep in your house is able to escape at a higher rate. That translates to you having to heat your home more often which will end up costing more. With Spray foam, you can bet on your home staying at a comfortable temperature for longer.
When Should I Get Spray Foam Insulation?
If you have an outdated material insulating your home then there is no time like the present to start saving money on your insulation bill. In many cases spray foam insulation will actually pay for itself with how much energy savings you’ll be seeing within just a few years. Knowing that, there’s not much of a downside to this home maintenance project means why not pull the trigger?
If you already have spray foam insulation, but it was installed over a decade ago, it is likely time to start thinking about getting your home insulation removed and replaced. Luckily for you, insulation removal and replacement doesn’t have to be a big undertaking. Greenstar Insulation will make the process quick and easy. You’ll hardly realize our expert technicians are there. Well, that is until they’re finished and you can enjoy your air tight, money saving, cozy home.
The Difference Between Open Cell Foam and Closed Cell Foam
- Open Cell foam is most commonly seen being sprayed onto the interior of stripped walls and can be recognized as the fast expanding variety. Open cell foam is also water permeable, and has a water base blowing agent. This option of spray foam is commonly a cheaper than closed cell. It can also help with dampening sound, and won’t crack with a constantly settling and shifting house.
- Closed Cell spray foam is much denser than open cell foam and doesn’t expand nearly as much. This variety also has a higher R value than its open cell alternative. Closed cell is also an incredibly durable option and can be exposed without having to worry about damage or cracking. Because this variety of spray foam will not expand much it works well in smaller jobs like vans, buses and tiny homes.
Shreveport And Bossier City’s #1 Spray Foam Insulation Contractors
Greenstar Insulation will come out to your property to give you a free home inspection and quote on your insulation update or installation. We make the process as quick and painless as possible. Give Greenstar Insulation a call today for a consultation or if you have any questions regarding our many insulation services. You won’t regret it!