Spray Foam Insulation
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There is no better home insulating material that can seal your home from air and moisture intrusion, save on costly utility bills, strengthen your home, and protect your family’s health from dangerous mold than Spray Foam insulation.
Benfits of Spray Foam Insulation
-Stops air and moisture infiltration
-Makes your home more comfortable
-Saves on energy costs
-Adds strength to the building structure
-Its permanent and will not sag
-Keeps dust and pollen out
-Reduces capacity requirements, maintenance and wear of HVAC equipment
SPF Saves You Money and Pays for Itself
SPF home insulation saves on energy costs and lowers utility bills. SPF is used to seal the entire “building envelope” of your home to prevent air and moisture infiltration. The US Department of Energy (DOE) studies show that 40% of your home’s energy is lost due to air infiltration. This air infiltrates the home in the form of drafts through walls sockets, windows and doorways.
Often times no expensive building wrap or additional vapor protection is required during construction when using SPF, saving money yet again.
Sprayed polyurethane foam has an aged R-value of approximately 6.0 per 1 inch thickness (depending on the particular formulation and application, higher values have been achieved), enabling it to provide more thermal resistance with less material than any other type of commercial insulation material. SPF systems are frequently used to insulate and protect a wide variety of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.
Monthly energy and utility savings of 30% or greater can be achieved when compared to the alternative roofing and insulation systems. The cost of an SPF roof or insulation system can often be recovered in less than 5 years, simply through energy savings alone.
Prevents Air, Moisture and Gas Infiltration
Studies have shown that as much as 40% of a building’s total energy loss is due to air infiltration. Traditional fiberglass insulation is only stapled, or placed into the wall cavities and does not seal the stud and wall cavities from end to end, or top to bottom. Air infiltration can pass through these gaps, making it far less efficient than SPF. SPF not only adheres to, but forms to the walls and floors to create a tight seal and insulating barrier that stops this air leakage. SPF also boasts the highest R-value per inch than any other commercial material, (upwards of R-7.0, compared with Fiberglass at R-3.5) making your home more comfortable and less expensive to heat in the winter, and cool in the summer.
Since SPF acts as an air barrier, it also helps to reduce moisture infiltration, which is a source of dangerous mold and mildew growth in the home, and can cause severe health problems to its occupants. So save your family and save money at the same time with SPF home insulation systems. Moisture infiltration can also cause structural damage to your home or building.
Helps Reduce Moisture and Mold
Molds produce tiny spores to reproduce. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods. When excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or un-addressed. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture. SPF insulation is the key.
Enhances Overall Building Stability
Since SPF is seamless and monolithic, foam sprayed into the walls enhances overall building stability and reduces “rack and sheer.”
Spray Foam adds structural integrity to your building's
wood or metal stud framework.
Deadens Sound Travel and Noise
SPF also reduces airborne sound making the home acoustically tighter and more private from room to room.
Prevention from Dangerous Mold
in Your Home
Recent reports of mold remediation projects shutting down schools or
office buildings have raised awareness regarding the potential hazards
of interior mold contamination. While scientists still have much to
learn regarding the danger molds may present, some basic knowledge about
interior mold prevention and remediation has been established. There are
also an increasing number of resources available for additional
information on the topic.
Molds are one category of non-green plant-like organisms (along with
mildew, mushrooms, rusts, smuts and yeast) that fall within the fungus
family. All fungal matter shares the common characteristic of being
capable of growth without sunlight. Because of this, molds can be found
almost anywhere and can grow on almost anything as long as moisture and
oxygen are present.
Many types of molds exist. According to the Environmental Protection
Agency’s (EPA’s) “Mold Remediation in School’s and Commercial Buildings
” resource, “All molds have the potential to cause health effects. Molds
can produce allergens that can trigger allergic reactions or even asthma
attacks in people allergic to mold. Others are known to produce potent
toxins and/or irritants.”
Currently, there are no Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) assigned for
airborne concentrations of mold or mold spores. There also are no EPA or
Occupational Safety Health and Administration (OSHA) regulations or
standards for airborne mold contaminants. OSHA does reference a sampling
protocol for fungi (PathCon Technical Bulletin 2.4, A Suggested Air
Sampling Strategy for Microorgamisms in Office Settings) under the
Indoor Air Quality heading on its Web site. The protocol states, “Fungal
amplification (excessive levels of mold) should be considered when the
indoor concentration is above 200 colony forming units per cubic meter
of air and substantially exceeds that detected in the outdoor air.”
There is not a feasible way to eliminate all mold and mold spores
indoors, so the most effective way to control indoor mold growth is to
control moisture. Mold growth frequently occurs when excessive moisture
or water accumulates indoors. In buildings where mold is a problem, the
mold must be remediated and the sources of moisture eliminated. This is
where Spray Polyurethane Foam be used very effectively. Used as a
primary source of insulation, it seals the cracks, gaps and holes in the
building’s structure and sheathing to create a tight space by reducing
air and moisture flow from infiltration and exfiltration.
It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24–48
hours to prevent mold growth from starting. Water-damaged porous or
absorbent materials—such as ceiling tiles, wallboard or cellulose and
fiberglass insulation—should be discarded and replaced. Discard
nonvaluable books and papers and be sure to photocopy important
paperwork before discarding the originals. Use a water extraction vacuum
to remove water from carpeting. Then use dehumidifiers and fans to
accelerate the drying process. Carpet that becomes moldy usually must be
replaced. Nonporous surfaces can be vacuumed or wiped with mild
detergent and allowed to dry completely.
Identify and repair leaky plumbing and other sources of water in a
timely fashion to prevent moisture and mold growth. You can minimize
mold growth by reducing indoor humidity to between 30 and 50 percent.
This can be done by venting bathrooms, dryers and other
moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and
dehumidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever
cooking, dishwashing and cleaning.
Also, reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces like
windows, piping, exterior walls, roofing and floors by adding
insulation. Do not install carpeting in areas where there is a
continuous moisture problem, such as near drinking fountains, sinks or
on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation.
A visual inspection is the most important initial step in identifying
a possible contamination problem. The extent of any water damage and
mold growth should be visually assessed. This assessment is important in
determining remedial strategies.
Ventilation systems should also be visually checked, particularly for
damp filters, but also for damp conditions elsewhere in the system and
overall cleanliness. Ceiling tiles, gypsum wallboard, cardboard, paper
and other porous surfaces should be given careful attention during a
The use of special equipment to view spaces in ductwork or behind
walls—or a moisture meter to detect moisture in building materials—may
be helpful in identifying hidden sources of mold growth and the extent
of water damage.
The EPA’s remediation guide for schools and commercial buildings
offers detailed recommendations for a variety of mold removal scenarios
and is a tremendous resource for anyone facing a mold problem.
Mold should be cleaned as soon as it appears. Small areas of mold can
be cleaned using a detergent/soapy solution or an appropriate household
cleaner and allowed to dry completely. A HEPA vacuum can be used to
clean items such as furniture, concrete, carpeting or books after the
material has been thoroughly dried.
For small areas of mold growth, an N95 respirator, goggles and gloves
should be worn during cleaning. For larger mold remediation jobs, or in
situations where high levels of airborne dust or mold spores are likely
or long-term exposures are expected, the EPA suggests a full-face,
powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) equipped with HEPA filters along
with disposable coveralls, gloves and shoe covers. The cleaned area
should be thoroughly dried. Dispose of any sponges or rags that were
used to clean the mold, along with the used personal protective
If the mold returns quickly or spreads, it may indicate an underlying
problem, such as a leak or excessive humidity. Any underlying water
problems must be fixed to successfully eliminate mold problems. If mold
contamination is extensive, an experienced remediation professional may
need to be consulted.