There’s so much to consider when you’re building or updating a home or office, and you probably want to spend most of your energy on the features you’ll see and experience each day. While choosing insulation for your project isn’t as exciting as, say, planning a kitchen layout, it’s an integral piece of bringing your building together. There is a lot to consider when choosing insulation, and we want to help make this step in your project seamless. Two main types of insulation exist—fiberglass and spray foam—and today, we’ll look at the pros and cons of spray foam insulation. If you’re struggling to decide whether this is the best choice for your building, you’ve come to the right place.
Pros and Cons of Spray Foam Insulation
PRO: Durable, impenetrable structure.
For many, this is spray foam’s most attractive quality. With spray foam insulation, the material expands and clings to your framing, taking on an impenetrable structure. This means minimal air and water passage, which makes for overall better insulation for you and will cut down your energy bill.
Compared to traditional insulation, spray foam insulation costs more.
PRO: Reduced sound.
Spray foam’s thick structure not only benefits your insulation and your energy bill, it acts as a sound barrier between rooms.
The materials that give spray foam insulation its good qualities also create quite the odor during setting, meaning you would have to leave the building for a number of days. For new buildings, this won’t be a problem, but it could be inconvenient for those updating their already existing building’s insulation. Additionally, the odor comes from chemicals that can cause irritation for some. If you have certain chemical allergies, spray foam is not the best choice for your building.
Traditional insulation lasts only up to 25 years, and that’s if it doesn’t get wet. When applied correctly, spray foam can last decades longer, often over 80 years.
CON: Not DIY.
Installing fiberglass insulation is a task most can do on their own, but spray foam insulation is not do-it-yourself. It needs to be applied correctly for it to insulate well and last as long as possible, requiring professional handiwork. But . . .
PRO: We are happy to help!
The Bailey Company has years of experience with spray foam insulation, and we would be more than happy to install it in your building. When you choose our company, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your spray foam is installed properly. Your insulation will last long, and keep your energy bill down and your building comfortable.
Now that you know both the pros and cons of spray foam insulation, where do you stand? Each individual project is unique, so it’s up to you to decide which kind of insulation works best for your building. We hope this helped!
Haven’t crossed this off your to-do list for your building? That’s why we’re here. We’ve provided high-quality, trustworthy work for over four decades. Feel free to contact us with this or any building or maintenance project, and we’ll work with you to achieve your results. You can reach us at 417-887-6177 or click here to request a free quote.
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