Spray foam insulation is created by two materials that react when mixed together. This reaction causes the materials to expand when sprayed…
Spray foam insulation is created by two materials that react when mixed together. This reaction causes the materials to expand when sprayed into place. This expansion fits snugly into the space being insulated, giving it a high thermal insulating value with almost no infiltration of air. Spray foam insulation insulates and air seals in one step. It expands when applied to completely fill a space.
There are two types of spray foam insulation:
- Open cell spray foam is an insulator and air barrier. Its name comes from its porosity which allows air to fill the empty spaces. Open cell spray foam is vapor permeable, stops air infiltration and reduces sound transfer.
- Closed cell spray foam, also an insulator and air barrier, is denser than open cell spray foam. Because of its density, it has a higher R-value than open cell spray foam and can help with building stability during storms. Additionally, closed cell spray foam is more moisture resistant than open cell. Closed cell spray foam is commonly installed in crawl spaces where moisture content is higher.
Some benefits of spray foam insulation include more
comfort inside your home, less air infiltration, durability and energy savings.
Call the experts at Delmarva Insulation to schedule your free estimate for spray foam installation.
When it comes to home insulation, the first area that comes to mind is the attic. Airflow in buildings moves from ground to sky,…
When it comes to home insulation, the first area that comes to mind is the attic. Airflow in buildings moves from ground to sky, naturally pulling conditioned indoor air up and out of a structure. Proper attic insulation helps keep conditioned air inside your home and helps keep your home comfortable. To help you choose the best attic insulation option for your new home, we’ve rated three popular methods:
Good: Blown-in Fiberglass
Adding blown-in fiberglass insulation to a new attic is a quick and easy way to increase R-value. This basic method of attic insulation is a cost effective option.
Better: Blown-in Fiberglass with Air Sealing
Insulating and sealing air leaks dramatically improve the energy efficiency of a new home. The first step is to seal penetration points around the attic floor. After air sealing is complete, a blanket of blown-in fiberglass insulation is installed. This method helps keep conditioned air inside the home and adds R-value.
Best: Spray Foam Insulation
Installing spray foam insulation in the attic of a new home provides optimal energy protection. Spray foam is installed along the roofline to create a thermal barrier along the attic ceiling and seal any air leaks. This application provides the best energy benefits available in one easy step.
Adding insulation to your attic is one of the most cost effective ways to save money on your energy bills each month. Wondering which insulation method is right for your new home project? Have questions on one of the methods or other insulation options for a new home? Contact our office today!
When building a new home there are many decisions to make! It’s easy to overlook preparing your home for extreme temperatures in exchange for things like choosing countertops, flooring and more.
Failure to give your new home’s energy efficiency the proper attention can cause problems like higher energy bills, equipment malfunctions, pest issues and more. If you’re building a new home, here are three critical steps to help make your home energy efficient and comfortable:
- Sealing Air Leaks
Air sealing is one of the least expensive and most effective ways to help reduce energy loss and keep energy bills low. A leaky home can waste approximately 10 to 15 percent of a home’s heating dollars. Air leaks are found around doors, windows, wires, electrical outlets, ducts and more. Sealing these penetration points will dramatically increase the comfort of your home.
- Installing Upgraded Attic Insulation
Fiberglass insulation is a great way to add R-value to an attic. Upgrading the attic of a new home with spray foam insulation will seal air leaks and add R-value with one step. Spray foam insulation can also minimize external sound bleed and add strength to your home.
- Sealing and Insulating Your Crawl Space or Basement
An uninsulated crawl space or basement can have a huge impact on the comfort of your home. Both areas are in direct contact with the ground and any moisture. When your basement or crawl space is cold and damp, this can cause the floors of your home’s main level to be cold and dramatically affect your comfort. Properly sealing and insulating your crawl space or basement can pay off.
Don’t overlook these key steps of home construction. Your wallet and your family will thank you! If you are ready to insulate a new home, contact us for a free estimate!
Fiberglass insulation and spray foam insulation are two of today’s most popular building insulation products. Fiberglass insulation has a competitive price point and spray foam insulation has air sealing benefits. Flash and batt installation brings together these two products in one application for use as new home insulation, commercial insulation, and industrial insulation.
Flash and batt is also known as a hybrid insulation system. Flash and batt provide the benefit of air sealing with spray foam insulation at a lower price point than full foam. This is a great option for a contractor looking for air sealing and is mindful of a tight construction budget.
In a flash and batt system, one inch of closed cell spray foam insulation is applied. Once this is dry, a fiberglass batt is placed over the top of the foam.
Flash and batt insulation is a good insulator to consider if you are looking for the air sealing benefits of spray foam insulation at a lower price point than full spray foam. To learn more about flash and batt, click here. Ready for an estimate for your next project? Contact our office for a free estimate.
Adequate insulation is one of the most cost-effective ways a homeowner can save money on their annual energy bills! No matter the season, insulation helps to keep your heating or cooling bills in line. Thanks to the renewed energy tax credit, you can save both on your utility bill and your insulation investment!
Here is what you need to know to take advantage of the offer:
Have questions? Contact our office.