Spray Foam Insulation

Insulation is used to lessen the influence of the outside elements of a structure which in turn decreases the energy demands of that structure. Most structures are built with fiberglass insulation both free standing and in panel form. However, there is a more durable, economical and eco-friendly option called spray foam insulation, or SFP.

What is Spray Foam Insulation?

The United States Department of Energy estimates that 56% of the energy used in a home or business is a result of the HVAC. HVAC units have a major impact on utility bills. Traditional insulation allows air to escape, as well enter the barrier of the structure, causing the excessive use of the HVAC units. Spray foam insulation, with its high R-value, is the most effective way to regulate the interior temperature and lower utility costs.

There are two types of Spray Foam Insulation: Open Cell and Closed Cell. Both types of Spray Foam are composed of isocyanates (Side A) and polyols (Side B). In addition, when these two materials combine, they expand and form a hardened sealing agent. While both types of Spray Foam are insulators, they are very different from each other. Please visit our FAQ page where we cover the many differences between Open Cell and Closed Cell Spray Foam.) Spray Foam insulation is able to adhere to almost any surface and is able to penetrate small cracks or pores found in the structure.

What are the Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation?

SPF Insulation is An Air Barrier

Air leaks are the most common reason for high energy consumption and expensive utility bills. Spray foam insulation creates an air barrier that is 25% less porous than any other type of insulation

SPF Insulation Requires Low Energy Consumption

Spray foam insulation creates a powerful shield that repels outside influences. This results in a minimal need to regulate the internal temperature and thus uses much less energy. Less energy to the owner results in lower expenses.

SPF Insulation (Closed Cell) Creates a Strong Moisture Barrier and Vapor Barrier

One of the most damaging things to any structure is water intrusion. Even the smallest holes or cracks can allow water and moisture to creep in. Closed Cell Spray Foam insulation is impervious to water. Not only will the foam insulation keep water out but it will also not absorb any moisture like traditional insulation does.

SPF Insulation Lasts a Long Time

Spray foam insulation consists of specific polymers which grant it an indefinite lifespan. If applied properly, foam insulation can last for 20 years or more without any upkeep or maintenance. In addition, because of the airtight seal, spray foam insulation continues to perform at a very high level for its entire life.

SPF Insulation is an Eco-Friendly Process

Chemicals are normally not considered to be eco-friendly. Spray foam insulation is, in fact, very eco-friendly. Spray foam reduces energy use, lasts a long time, and, thanks to its vapor barrier (closed cell), prevents mold growth. All of these make spray foam very good for the environment.

What is your next step?

It’s important to protect and preserve your investment. Whether it’s for commercial applications or your family home, Shield Energy Solutions wants to help make sure you are running efficient and eco-friendly. Give us a call today and let us help increase your air quality, save you some money and solve any problems that you may have.

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