Spray Foam Insulation: Does It Have Any Pros And Cons?

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The pros and cons of spray foam insulation materials are quite wide-ranging. We’ll take a few moments to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of spray foam insulation. I will cause a surprise here and say that the pros (there are many) vastly outweigh the cons (there are a few, but they aren’t significant).

How does spray foam insulation compare to other types of insulation? We have compiled a couple of lists that should assist you in answering this question.

Pros of Spray Foam Insulation

  • Our qualified, fast-working and skilled insulation installation teams are able to make your project easy to execute.
  • Our foam products do not contain blowing agents, such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) or hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) that are harmful to humans.
  • During the foam setting process, no off-gassing is produced after the foam has set. During the insulation process, air sealing is applied to each square foot of your office, which makes it a superior insulation choice.
  • The savings in energy over time far exceed the costs of installing the system at the beginning.
  • There’s a good chance that you will not dread getting those energy bills during extreme weather months because spray foam can reduce them by as much as 50%.
  • In addition to increasing the value of your home, spray foam insulation is also a great way to increase energy efficiency.
  • Foam insulation, unlike traditional fiberglass insulation, is somewhat synthetic and hardens along with the cure process, which means it’s less likely to attract insects (or rodents, as noted above) than more traditional insulation.

Cons of Spray Foam Insulation

  • The foam isn’t designed to act as a barrier to prevent rodents from getting in, despite the fact that (as previously mentioned) rodents aren’t attracted to intuit is necessary to ventilate the building during the curing period (curing is the process by which foam sets) associated with foam installation.
  • In order to achieve a proper cure of the foam (i.e., setting), some off-gassing is produced during the installation process.
  • Foam spray insulation typically costs more than fiberglass insulation or other types of insulation, regardless of the size or shape of the building.
  • There has been some evidence (mostly anecdotal) that termites and carpenter ants are able to chew the plastic insulation found in spray foam and take residence inside of it. The most effective way to keep pests away is by regularly conducting pest control, as well as undertaking pest abatement procedures.

The Working Principle of Spray Foam Insulation

There is a somewhat technical description that goes something like this: Insulation works by slowing down (mostly) conductive heat flow and (to a lesser extent) convective heat flow.

According to the U.S, According to the Department of Energy, heat conducts through materials as it moves through the spoon handle to reach your hand when it is placed in a hot cup of coffee. “Convection occurs when heat moves through liquids and gases, which is way cooler, denser air sinks and lighter, warmer air rises.”

A cooler area receives heat from a warmer one. Basically, the hot air is slowly moving toward the cooler air where there is a temperature difference until it evens out.

Is this a problem for you or your office? Heat escapes from the body when it is cold outside, meanwhile, when it is very hot outside and very cool inside, the warmth from outside tries to get in.

This heat transfer (or flow) is prevented or slowed down by thermal insulation.

As we move on to examine the DOE for further guidance regarding this subject, it may be suggested that heating systems need to be installed to replace the heat that is lost in the winter, and cooling systems need to remove the heat that is gained in the summer. If you properly insulate, this will reduce the rate of heat transport, as you will be providing an effective barrier against its flow.”

With better insulation, your heating and air conditioning systems can work less and this means less work for them. If they spend less time working for you, then you spend less money!

Royal Spray Foam

As a leading insulation company, we’ve designed a system that prevents energy waste.

When we spray foam insulation into wall spaces, crawl spaces, ceilings, etc., it expands as it comes into contact with liquid components.

As a result of the expansion process, gaps are sealed, an air barrier is formed, and the structure is sealed and kept insulated. Furthermore, it can prevent moisture from getting inside, which can prevent mildew and mold from growing.

A layer of insulation resulting from this process is rated as class 1 hour fire-resistant. Other insulation types contain formaldehyde, and spray foam insulation contains no formaldehyde and is not a food source or a nesting material for rodents.

Contact Royal Spray Foam

We provide exceptional service and quality applications at Royal Spray Foam. Spray foam can also provide sound control and fire protection to buildings in addition to the energy savings inherent in the materials we apply.

The spray foam also works well with a wide variety of building materials. Spray foam can prevent condensation in metal buildings and on metal roofs, as well as manage the climate inside the building.

I just touched on a few of spray foam insulation’s many benefits – pros, if you will. Regardless of what the cons are, the pros outweigh and outnumber them.

Spray on foam insulation is applied by the experts at Spray-On Foam & Coatings to protect your property, equipment, and belongings. Just as we were when we opened our doors, our business has been family-owned and operated since 1995.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. It would be a pleasure to speak with you, and we’re here to help! 647-560-8099

How to Find The Best Spray Foam Contractor in Canada

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If you need the service of a contractor for insulating your home or business with spray foam insulation, it is important to know what questions to ask and what to look for in a contractor. The following article provides some guidance.

The first step in finding a contractor is to get referrals from friends and associates that have had spray foam insulation installed in their homes or businesses, if at all possible.

It is advisable to get more than one referral so you can ask each contractor questions about their experience, what materials they use; how they do the job, whether there were any problems and how effectively did they solve them, etc.

Look For An Accredited Organization

Be sure to talk with prospective contractors before deciding on whom to hire. Make sure they are certified by an accredited organization such as the American Foam Contractors Association, Associated Polyurethane Foam Con-tractors (APFC), North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA), Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), or the National Roofing Contractors Association, just to name a few. If they are not members of an organization like this, ask them why.

The next step is to check with your state licensing board and/or your local building department for any complaints filed against them by their customers or for any work performance issues filed against them by their subcontractors (sub-trade contractors). If there are no complaints you should be OK if they can give you satisfactory answers for all questions you may have about their experience in doing spray foam insulation jobs similar to yours.

If your state does not require that spray foam installers be licensed then it is still advisable to find out what experience they have had, what materials they use, how they do the job, whether there were any problems and how effectively did they solve them, etcetera. You can find out about their experience by asking questions of your own or by requesting names of some of their customers for you to contact.

Licensed Subcontractors

The next step is to make sure that all subcontractors are certified in the trade needed for the spray foam insulation installation project you are considering. For example, if you are hiring a spray foam contractor for an installation project requiring two plumbers then both plumbers need to be licensed plumbers.

This will ensure that they know what codes have been adopted in your city/county/state that applies to this type of work before any work begins on your project.

Recent Customers

If the contractor you select has a website ask them for references and contact information for at least three of their recent customers to find out if they were satisfied with the work performed, how long it took to complete the job, what materials were used and whether there were any problems and how effectively did they solve them (if problems arose). It is also advisable to ask if they would use the same company again and why or why not.

Proof of Insurance

One key question that should be asked of each contractor that you speak with is whether or not they will provide proof of insurance before starting any work on your project. The only sure way you will know if your contractor can be held responsible in case damages occur during construction by asking them for proof of liability insurance.

If the contractor states that they are not required to carry liability insurance then you should be very concerned about hiring them for your project. A lack of liability insurance is a red flag that may indicate they are not licensed or insured and may therefore be operating without any bond or trust fund backing up their workmanship. You do not want to hire someone who has no financial safeguards in case damages occur during construction.

Bonded For Both Labor And Materials

The next step is to make sure all subcontractors are fully bonded for both labor and materials, just like the spray foam insulation company you have chosen for your project. The only way you will know if this is done before they start working on your job site is by requesting proof of both labor material bonds before signing any agreements with your contractor.

If they are not bonded for both labor and materials then you may be held financially responsible, along with your contractor if damages occur during construction due to faulty workmanship or defective materials used by their subcontractors.

Specifications and Plans

Before the spray foam insulation company begins working on your project you should go over all specifications and plans with them so that they understand exactly what is expected to be done and fully agree with everything in writing before any work begins. This way there will be no misunderstandings as far as what needs to be done and how much it will cost when the job is completed.

Read All Contracts Carefully

One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from fraud or shoddy workmanship is to read all contracts carefully before signing anything because once signed, a contract is a legal document you are obligated to abide by.

By asking the right questions and carefully examining all contracts before signing anything will help you avoid being scammed or receiving poor quality, overpriced workmanship.

Other Considerations

Just because someone is licensed, insured and bonded to do work for you does not automatically mean that they are the right person or company to do the job.

They may be good at what they do but if you don’t like their personality; believe they are overcharging you; or simply feel uncomfortable dealing with them then it would be better to hire someone else even though other spray foam insulation contractors may charge more because you like how they run their business.

Hiring a contractor you can trust will save time, money and aggravation in the end by providing peace of mind. It takes some effort up-front but it’s well worth having your project completed properly without any unpleasant surprises along the way.

As you can see, there are many questions that should be asked before deciding to hire a contractor for your project. The only way to protect you is by doing the research and asking all of these questions up-front so you don’t get stuck with bad workmanship or overpriced services later on down the road.

By following these simple, easy to follow tips you can avoid being ripped off or scammed by an unscrupulous spray foam insulation company.

Royal Spray Foam Can Help you

Royal Spray Foam is your one stop shop for all your spray foam insulation needs. We are an experienced, professional company that can handle any type of installation or project, large or small. 

We offer a wide selection of quality products and proven system to provide you with the most efficient insulation available in the industry today.

Our equipment is among the best on the market and our staff has been fully trained to ensure that every aspect of your job will be done correctly from start to finish!    

Call Royal Spray Foam today for a free estimate at 647-560-8099.