When you hear “insulation”, what comes to mind? A solid pink or white material in rectangular shapes? A product made of recycled newspaper? Traditional insulation has its advantages. But another type of insulation has also gained attention: spray foam insulation. Here are some reasons why you may want to consider spray foam insulation for your home.
Four advantages to know
Spray foam insulation is great at filling in gaps and reducing air leaks.
When spray foam insulation fills in gaps, this can also help lessen moisture (and therefore help curtail mold).
Cutting down on air leaks can also help cut down energy costs.
Such efficient insulation can also help reduce noise – especially if you choose open-cell spray foam insulation.
Two main kinds of spray foam insulation
Spray foam insulation can either be closed-cell or open-cell. With the closed-cell variety, cells are very close together. The closed-cell type also contains a gas to help it get bigger and insulate. Closed-cell spray foam insulation is stronger than open-cell. It can also help make walls or ceilings stronger. However, closed-cell generally costs more.
Open-cell spray foam insulation, on the other hand, has air and broken cells. It’s less dense. As we mentioned above, open-cell is a good choice if you would like to reduce noise. If you use open-cell spray foam insulation, you may need a deeper layer than if you use closed-cell.
Efficient insulation is so important for your home. It can help reduce heating bills in winter and air conditioning costs in the summer. It can even have further benefits, such as helping lessen noise. If you have any questions about what kind of insulation would be best for your unique situation, contact our team at Minnesota Exteriors. We’ll take the time to learn about your needs. We’ll help you evaluate the options, and we’ll guide you through the next steps. We’re a family-owned company that’s been serving Minnesota families for 70 years. Let us know how we can help.
It’s no secret that Minnesota has some pretty extreme weather at times. Effective insulation can keep your home more comfortable – and help keep your energy bills down, too. But what type of insulation should you get? Here is some information to help you choose the best insulation for your walls.
Cellulose: Cellulose insulation used to be made from other materials, but now it contains recycled newspapers. It is chemically treated to help make it less flammable. The chemicals that are used for the treatment can also help discourage mice. People who work with cellulose insulation should take safety precautions such as wearing goggles and a mask.
Fiberglass: Fiberglass insulation often comes in rectangular shapes called “batts”. You can also get fiberglass insulation in loose form. Fiberglass insulation creates little fire hazard. However, people who install, move or come into contact with fiberglass insulation need to take safety precautions. They should dress appropriately and wear goggles and a certain kind of respirator.
Spray foam: Spray foam insulation can help lessen noise. It is a very strong insulator and can also help reduce moisture. To apply spray foam insulation, an installer sprays a gun that releases two materials at once. When the materials meet, the foam is formed. Spray foam is great at getting into small areas. People who apply spray foam insulation should wear the right protective clothing, eye covering and respirator.
At Minnesota Exteriors, we want to help you keep your family comfortable. We’ll work with you to make your home more energy efficient. When you choose us, you know you’re working with a well-established, trusted company. We’ve helped families and builders put in installation for decades.
Wondering how much new installation would cost? Give us a call; we’ll provide a free estimate at your home. As a family-owned company, we want to help keep your family warm in the winter and cool in the summer.