When looking at insulation options for your new home build, don't overlook spray foam. Spray foam insulation products can be used in attics, between floors, and in the walls to create a better-insulated home. There are several benefits to spray foam that make it a good option for any new build.
1. Better Energy Efficiency
One of the biggest reasons to look to spray foam in your new home is the increased energy efficiency. Spray foam expands to fill any and all air gaps in walls, ceilings, floors, and even around window frames. Fewer air gaps mean less heating or cooling loss and thus lower energy bills. Spray foam can also be installed in hard-to-reach areas where other types of insulation simply won't work.
2. Increased Insulative Capabilities
As spray foam expands and stiffens, air bubbles are trapped inside. These bubbles create the necessary space for better insulation capabilities. For this reason, spray foam has a higher R-value compared to other insulation options. Further, spray foam retains its insulation qualities even if it gets wet, which can be important in the event your home suffers storm damage at some point.
3. Improved Structural Integrity
Spray foam expands to fill the spay into which it is applied. It then stiffens in place, becoming permanent. Since it can fully fill any void, it naturally adds to the structural integrity of any space it is placed into. It can be sprayed into hollow core interior doors, for example, to make them both insulated against noise and to make them sturdier and better able to withstand damage. This also goes for any walls into which it is applied.
4. Fewer Future Pests
Pests, from small insects to larger animals like rodents, enter a home through any opening they can find. Unfortunately, there will be small openings around any pipes or cables that enter the house, no matter how well built the home is. Spray foam is one of the few ways to fill in these gaps so that there are fewer openings to allow pests inside. So insulating your home can also reduce the chances of pest infestations in the future.
5. Reduced Mold Risks
Unlike fiberglass and cellulose insulation, spray foam products are waterproof. This means they create an extremely effective water barrier to keep moisture out of your home's walls. Less moisture means fewer chances of mold problems. If there is damage that does get the spray foam wet, it can be dried so you won't have to remove it like you would other types of insulation.
Contact a spray foam insulation service to learn more.