This video will show you how spray foam insulation can insulate buildings that have a complex design.
The insulation "team" that's supposed to make our homes comfortable and energy efficient is truly a motley crew. In the old days, sawdust was sometimes dumped inside walls to slow heat loss. Then came vermiculite — a porous, lightweight pebbles replacement with the look and feel of kitty litter.
Today we still rely on an old-timer, fiberglass batt insulation that's made from spun glass fibers. But if you're looking for a star player on the insulation team, a standout replacement with qualities that other types of insulation can't touch, it's got to be spray foam. More specifically, we're talking about closed-cell polyurethane spray foam.
As your local spray foam experts, Dr. Energy Saver Cincinnati can increase your comfort and decrease your energy bills by installing spray foam insulation in Hamilton, Fairfield, West Chester, Oakwood, Liberty, Centerville, Sharonville, Blue Ash, Kenwood, Lebanon, and nearby. We are your trusted spray insulation contractor in Ohio.
R value: Poly spray foam has a higher R-value per inch than any other commonly used insulation —R-6.2 or higher, depending on the formulation.
Air barrier: Spray foam air-seals and insulates in one step. Its ability to expand and fill gaps and cracks make it an ideal air-sealing material, and it stays in place because of its super-adhesive qualities. Spray foam is often spot-applied as an air-sealing treatment prior to filling an attic with blow-in insulation. But when installed in more generous amounts, it acts as a replacement for other types of insulation.
Waterproof: Moisture will soak its way through fiberglass and cellulose insulation, but our polyurethane spray foam replacement stops it cold. Its closed cell structure means that water can't migrate from one tiny cell or bubble to a neighboring one.
Foolproof: Did you know that a void (missing insulation) of just 5% of an insulated area can diminish overall insulation performance by as much as 50%? It's very difficult to install fiberglass insulation perfectly, so voids are not uncommon. But spray foam's expanding, super-sticky characteristics just about eliminate the possibility of voids. And once the foam cures, it's not going to settle or shift like fiberglass or cellulose replacements can.
1-part foam: You've seen and probably used this type of spray foam, which comes in pressurized cans that are sold at home centers and hardware stores under brand names like GREAT STUFF™. This single-component foam is super-sticky and expands at different rates (depending on the type you buy) immediately after application. Since this replacement product seals gaps as well as insulates, it is often referred to as an "insulating foam sealant."
2-part foam: To insulate an entire basement or attic with spray foam, contractors use 2-part polyurethane foam that comes in a pair of pressurized metal containers. When both components (resin and a catalyst) are mixed together at the nozzle, a foaming chemical reaction takes place that causes the material to expand.
A versatile energy-saver. 2-part spray foam expands after installation, creating an effective thermal and moisture barrier. Thanks to its unique properties, it can be used to solve comfort & energy problems in many parts of the house.
Tricky Application: To precisely install spray foam, especially two-part foams, it takes experienced contractors. With different expansion rates and other qualities, the installation of two-part foams proves difficult for someone without experience to get the most of this material. For example, a high-expanding foam will damage a door or window jamb, but our training and experience can prevent this from happening.
Oftentimes, spray foam can also be wasted and get messy -- but our fully trained specialists know how to get the job done well the first time!
Temperature sensitive: Cold temperatures affect the chemistry that causes the foaming action. It's critical to keep spray foam cans or two-part foam canisters within a specific temperature range for successful application.
If you're interested in spray foam insulation for your home, the local experts at Dr. Energy Saver Cincinnati can help. Give us a call at 1-844-385-8901 or contact us online for a free estimate -- we are your trusted insulation contractor in Fairfield, West Chester, Hamilton, Centerville, Liberty, Oakwood, Blue Ash, Kenwood, Lebanon, Sharonville, and more.
We also offer a comprehensive home energy audit to diagnose the major contributors to your home's energy issues.