Wall Insulation

The majority of existing homes and business built in DFW have traditional wall insulation installed. Some of the more traditional methods of insulation include Fiberglass, Mineral Wool, Cellulose and BIBS (Blow-In Blanket System). All of these systems are unique and each have their own pros and cons yet none of them can offer everything that spray foam insulation can!

What is Spray Foam Wall Insulation?

Spray foam wall insulation can either be installed as open cell spray foam, closed cell spray foam or a hybrid of both.  Once the spray foam is chosen, it is installed in between the studs on the inside of the exterior walls which makes up a hug part of your homes building envelope. Depending on the type of spray foam, it may fill the entire void of the wall cavity and even need to be trimmed flush with the studs.

The foam insulation is installed as a liquid. As it cures, it expands and hardens to create a tight air seal correctly insulating your walls. Once cured a thermal barrier is required. The walls of most homes consist of gypsum board also known as drywall or sheetrock which is an approved thermal barrier to cover spray foam.

What are the Benefits of Spray Foam Wall Insulation?

It Creates an Air Barrier (Open Cell & Closed Cell)

The most significant issue a home or business owner faces, without proper wall insulation, is inflated utility expenses. Filling the exterior walls with spray foam insulation creates a tight air barrier within the interior of your structure. The air barrier keeps the airflow under control and allows you to maintain the internal temperature to a comfortable level. A consistent, internal temperature means that you will be running your HVAC system more efficiently and as a result, lower your utility costs.

It is a Vapor Retarder (Closed Cell)

Just like Air Barriers restrict air flow, vapor retarders restrict the flow of water vapor. A 2016 report from UNICEF states an estimated total cost of $22.4 billion in allergy-related incidents caused by indoor mold exposure. Most commonly, mold will form inside the walls of a home or business. This is especially true in a warm and damp climate. Closed cell spray foam insulation expands to create a tight vapor retarder within the walls of your home. This will drastically reduce the risk of mold development or growth.

It Creates a Sound Barrier (Open Cell)

If you live near a highway or a busy street or even some rail road tracks, odds are there is a lot of noise that is working its way into your house. The good news is, open cell Spray foam helps with noise reduction. In addition, if you wanted specific rooms such as your home music studio or the kid’s room or any other room you want to isolate sound, open cell spray foam inside the walls is a great start. Once the open cell foam insulation hardens, it creates an excellent sound barrier between the rooms that are connected. You will find more privacy as well as better acoustics with this process.

It Adds Structural Strength (Closed Cell)

When considering which type of spray foam to go with consider one of the great benefits of closed cell spray foam which is its ability to add structural strength to your home. By installing closed cell spray foam, the additional strength can add 2-3 times the load resistance the walls can handle in horizontal movement also known as racking. This load resistance is extremely helpful in high wind situations. It adds this additional strength because of the way it adheres to and reinforces each wall stud and the exterior sheathing.

What is your next step?

Let a professional at Shield Energy Solutions walk you through how we can upgrade your homes’ wall insulation. We will explain the process from start to finish and make sure you understand all of the benefits. Call today to speak with one of our representatives.

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