Why Spray Foam?
PRO'S AND CON'S OF SPRAY FOAM INSULATION
- Installing spray foam insulation is not something the home-owner or builder can perform on their own. It requires special equipment and training for installation.
- Figuring in material and labor costs, spray foam is generally more expensive to install than traditional insulations. However, the savings on heating and cooling costs over a few years will make up for the cost difference. You can expect to recoup the difference in just 3 - 5 years from the money you will save on heating and cooling.
- Higher R-value than fiberglass or cellulose.
- Seals every nook and cranny.
- Stops condensation in walls thus preventing mold growth.
- Up to 60% savings on heating and cooling costs.
- Stops drafts.
- Blocks radiant heat from the sun.
SPRAY FOAM INSULATION AND MOLD
With spray foam insulation, mold is practically non-existent. For mold to grow it needs one vital ingredient ....WATER.
We all know that when two different air masses of different temperatures come together it causes condensation. Lets say for example its 20 degrees outside and 70 degrees inside your home. Due to draft effect the 20 degree air is always trying to get into your house thru cracks and small holes in your walls and around your windows and doors. When this cold air meets the nice warm air inside your home, usually inside your walls, condensation forms and sometimes lots of it ! This is just what mold needs to start growing. With the additional food source from the paper on the backside of the sheetrock, mold can grow at alarming rates inside your walls and you won't even know it.
Spray foam insulation like no other insulation can stop condensation inside your walls, simply because of its ability to stop the cold air from infiltrating the warm air space inside your home.