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Spray polyurethane foam insulation, more commonly referred to as spray foam insulation, servers as an air barrier by effectively sealing spaces and enhancing energy efficiency. It has become a popular retrofitting solution for residential and commercial buildings by revolutionizing the total comfort and functionality by controls moisture levels, prevents the entry of pollutants, allergens and insects, improves air quality for indoor spaces, and reduces energy loss, leading to cost savings for consumers.

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OPEN CELL INSULATION

Open cell spray foam insulation offers a versatile range of applications in residential settings. It is commonly used above grade in various areas such as rooflines, attics, floors, walls, and for soundproofing purposes. It has a R-value of 3.5 - 4.0 per inch, which provides excellent thermal insulation to enhance energy efficiency. At a thickness of 3.5 inches, open cell spray foam acts as a complete air barrier, effectively sealing your home and minimizing air leakage. Say goodbye to drafts and hello to improved indoor comfort! While it doesn’t function as a moisture vapor barrier, its unique sponge-like consistency allows it to expand and contract alongside your building, ensuring long-lasting performance and flexibility.

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CLOSED CELL INSULATION

Closed cell foam insulation is a versatile solution suitable for various applications such as commercial, industrial, metal buildings, pole barns, crawl spaces, and basements. It provides excellent thermal insulation with an impressive R-value of 6.5 - 7.0 per inch. This insulation type also offers a complete air barrier when applied at a thickness of 1.5 inches, ensuring energy efficiency and reduced heat loss. Additionally, its moisture barrier properties at the same thickness prevent the infiltration of water and moisture, safeguarding against potential damage. The rigid consistency of closed cell foam adds structural strength, enhancing the overall integrity of the building.

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Fiberglass Insulation

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Cellulose Insulation

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Spray Foam Insulation

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTiONS

Spray Foam Insulation is commonly referred to as SPF (Spray Polyurethane Foam) and is comprised of two liquids: an “A” side and a “B” side. The “A” side of a spray polyurethane system is usually comprised of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) and polymeric methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (pMDI). The “B” side is typically a blend of polyols, catalysts, blowing agent, flame retardant, and surfactant, although the chemical compounds vary per manufacturer. The “A” side & “B” side chemicals come in separate drums, and when combined, a chemical reaction forms the polyurethane spray foam.

Yes, spray foam insulation is considered flammable. No matter what a salesperson may try to convince you of, all foam plastic materials must be considered flammable in accordance with the IBC (international building code). However, it’s important to note that different manufacturers of spray foam insulation offer different levels of flammability.

Spray foam insulation is a polyurethane foam, a type of plastic, like the foam used in your couch, car seat and bed. As a plastic, spray foam does not sag, settle, or deteriorate and is expected to outlast the life of the building.

Yes, like most building products, spray foam will burn in the presence of a flame. However, SPF is a thermoset material and will char and flake when burned, it will not melt and drip like a foam coffee cup. Additionally, most commercially available spray foams, intended for use in construction applications, meet Class I fire standards with a flame spread index of less than 25 and a smoke developed index of less than 450.

Inhaling smoke results in a lack of oxygen and all smoke is dangerous, spray foam is no different. Breathing in smoke from burning foam is not recommended.

R-value requirements are typically based on local code regulation. In many climates, common R-values are R-13, R-19 and R-21 for walls and R-30, R-38, and R-49 for attics. An appropriate R-value is necessary to get optimal performance from a building envelope but having an air barrier in direct contact with the insulation, as in the case of spray foam, is even more important than the R-value. Energy analysis can be used to document the projected performance of a residential or commercial project based on various design factors including the insulation, air leakage rates, windows, orientation, and HVAC.
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