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You Asked, We Answered: How Much Can I Save with Spray Foam Insulation?

By Chuck Henrichsen on September 16, 2015

Spray foam insulation has become increasingly popular for its ability to thoroughly insulate attics and crawl spaces, producing major savings for Everett homeowners.

But just how much can you save with spray foam insulation?

To find out, we have to first take look at how spray foam works and what makes it superior to other types of insulation.

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Spray Foam: The Latest and Greatest

Spray foam insulation is made by combining two components to create an expanding foam. The foam then hardens into a powerful insulator. Unlike other insulators such as fiberglass or cellulose, spray foam insulation offers a homeowners a number of great benefits:

1. Insulation

Home insulation works by trapping small pockets of air within a layer of plastic or sponge insulation. Different kinds of insulation have different R-values, which determine the insulation’s ability to resist heat flow. While other insulations such as fiberglass, cotton, stone wool, and cellulose are effective at reducing heat flow, none of them come close to being as effective as spray foam insulation. With the highest R-value on the market today, spray foam is the top pick for Everett homeowners looking to get the biggest bang for their buck.

2. Water Resistant

Many kinds of insulation are effective insulators because they are made of soft, spongy materials. Unfortunately, this same material is incredibly absorbent and can lose its insulating abilities when it contacts water. Mold and mildew can easily grow in this moist environment. Eventually, the insulation will start to shred and disintegrate, requiring full replacement.

However, spray foam insulation is completely different. Spray foam’s plastic-like structure makes it impermeable to water and moisture, keeping your attic and crawl space free from mold, mildew, and rotting. If the area is properly cleaned and dried out, it will be many years before you have to replace your spray foam insulation.

4. Air Sealant

There are a number of tiny cracks, holes, gaps, and spaces all throughout our attics and crawl spaces. These small openings are what allow air and moisture to circulate in our homes. Luckily, spray foam insulation can also act as an air sealant for these kinds of issues.

Because spray foam expands when created, insulation can fill even the smallest holes and gaps. Professional insulators will apply spray foam insulation directly to the walls, corners, and crevices of a space and watch as it expands to fill any small cracks or spaces.

5. Pest Deterrent

Most kinds of insulation today are made out of soft, squishy materials that rodents really enjoy. They can shred it up, spread it out, and use it to create soft, comfortable nests. Spray foam on the other hand, is hard, crunchy, and uncomfortable. While it cannot guarantee that you won’t have pests, it can act as a deterrent against rodent infestations in your attic or crawl space.

How Much Can I Save?

All of the benefits that spray foam insulation can provide can be summarized nicely by looking at the savings you can enjoy. With the increased energy efficiency of your home, you can save between 30%-50% on your energy bills. Many Everett homeowners put off replacing their insulation because it can look expensive. However, the efficiency of spray foam insulation has proven to pay itself off within a matter of months, and then the continued savings are yours to enjoy!

Everett Insulation Company

At Clean Crawls, we install spray foam insulation for homeowners throughout Everett. Our trained and experienced team can take your attic or crawl space and fully insulate it with spray foam insulation for optimal energy efficiency and great savings. To learn more, contact us today by giving us a call or filling out our contact form.

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Chuck Henrichsen
President and CEO of Clean Crawls, Treasurer of E3 World Wide, proud husband and father.