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How Spray Foam Insulation Keeps Your Home Happy

By Chuck Henrichsen on May 5, 2016

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Spray foam makes for a happy home. Whether it’s a battle with your energy bill, an incessant draft through your house, or frequent pests and invaders, spray foam insulation is one of your greatest allies to call in for a little backup.

But what are all of the spray foam insulation benefits and why is it an ideal type of attic insulation? As spray foam continues to outshine traditional fiberglass insulations, we want to talk a little bit about why it’s such a great choice of crawl space and attic insulation in Seattle.

What Is Spray Foam Insulation?

Spray foam insulation is scientifically categorized as a “spray polyurethane foam (SPF).” It is a spray-applied plastic which forms an air-tight, uniform barrier on walls, around corners, roofs, and all other surfaces.

Spray foam insulation costs offset themselves in the form of the energy savings from having such an effectively insulated attic or crawl space. Spray foam insulation sees to it that there are no little gaps or cracks that are left exposed.

The materials that comprise SPF are quite reactive, and they form the barrier almost immediately when combined with each other. This makes for an easy, reliable attic insulation installation.

Why is Spray Foam Insulation Better?

Think of spray foam insulation as a windbreaker and standard fiberglass insulation as a wool, cable knit sweater. The windbreaker is effective at keeping all moisture and air away from the body, while the sweater allows air and other elements to pass through the small holes in the knitting.

In short, spray foam insulation benefits are chiefly related to the much tighter seal that it gives to a home. With better heat retention comes better energy savings, better air quality, and less pesky critters that can find a point of entry.

Spray foam insulation in Seattle is particularly beneficial considering the age of many of the homes, which are likely enduring problems from poor, outdated insulation.

How Much Energy will Spray Foam Insulation Save?

A lot! But in case you are looking for a bit more of a precise answer, let’s analyze where the majority of energy loss in your home is. Generally speaking, the energy loss lineup in a typical home looks something like this:

  • 10% roof and attic
  • 5% floors
  • 10% basement or crawl space
  • 5% walls
  • 10% other spaces

These energy loss figures are primarily due to ineffective crawl space insulation, attic insulation, or other areas of the home that have not been properly insulated.

How much better off would you be with 40% of your energy being preserved? A strong spray foam insulation installation can help ensure that...

  1. All crawl spaces, attics, walls, and ceilings have been sealed and filled.
  2. Any energy waste or loss has been fully reduced.
  3. Heating and cooling costs are diminished due to the more effective temperature retention.

If an attic insulation installation is something that your Seattle home is long overdue for, spray foam insulation costs may be well worth it. In addition to the increased comfort of your home and defense against pests, you will likely save enough money in energy that the spray foam insulation installation pays for itself several times over!

As your leading Seattle experts on all things crawl space, attic, and insulation, Clean Crawls is ready to help you start saving on heating and cooling costs this year. Give us a call today for a free quote!

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