What I Learned About Spray Foam Insulation

Whenever I think about insulation, I think of the last time I had my home insulated and at the time it was large rolls of pink fiberglass which I discovered I was very allergic to. The installation process was not fun because it was hot and the process was messy. That isn’t an experience I want to repeat.

We just built an extension to the house this time we used spray foam insulation and what a huge difference this experience was. First of all we hired a spray foam insulation Omaha contractor to apply the foam. There are several DIY kits on the market but we decided to bring in a professional instead.

What we learned is that spray foam insulation is a messy process to apply because the foam is sprayed into the area you want to cover and then it expands much like shaving cream. Because it is a messy process, most contractors will recommend using this in new construction projects but it can be applied in existing buildings and can be applied through a small hole that just fills up and seals even the smallest nook and cranny.

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We were able to save money on the framing because we were able to use 2×4 studs instead of 2×6 studs on the exterior walls. The reason they were able to do this is because the spray foam insulation is much more dense than fiberglass insulation and the R-value for foam is much higher. Basically, the way the contractor explained it is that you don’t need as much physical space for regular insulation if you are installing spray foam insulation.

According to our contractor, spray foam insulation has become the insulation of choice in the majority of new construction projects around the United States. He also cautioned us that spray foam insulation does make it a little more difficult for some plumbers and electrical contractors. That is why the different contractors should work together on the project and communicate throughout the construction process.

I can say with confidence that this was a much better way to go for our new construction add-on and I would gladly recommend spray foam insulation to anyone who is planning a new construction project. It’s a comforting feeling to know that the insulation isn’t going to move, shift or settle , that it will never need to be replaced and it will remain free from moisture. But an even greater benefit is that spray foam insulation is more effective so heating and cooling costs are very low in that part of the house.


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4611 South 96th Street, #304
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