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Spray Foam Insulation (Continued)

Even the best built houses have air leaks that create drafts, and rooms that are hard to keep warm or cool in the summer. One of the best ways to save money on your utility bills, make your home more comfortable, and keep your family healthy is to inspect your home for air leaks and fill any gaps and poorly insulated areas. The best way to do this is with spray foam insulation, which is not only the highest R value per inch insulation you can use, it also fills every crack, crevice, and gap in the “envelope” of your home. So it doubles as insulation and air-sealer. The drawing below, from the Department of Energy, shows the most important parts of the home that should be better insulated ... These are the parts that lose the most heat during the winter, and A/C during the summer. Most homes have fiberglass batt insulation installed. While it may be thick enough to have a high R value, it's very likely that you are losing energy because of air leaks.

Spray foam insulation completely fills in gaps and leaks like no other insulating material can, and it has more than twice the R value per inch that fiberglass has. Crawlspaces and basements are notorious for being damp and moldy Crawlspace areas under the home have excessive thermal loss and mold issues are fixed best with closed cell spray foam insulation. This product was stated by FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency)to be the best insulation choice for crawlspace construction in areas that are classified as "flood prone".

A vapor barrier is essential to the home's structure because humidity rises from the ground constantly. Without a vapor barrier, moisture filters up into the living area, creating a dampness, and poor air quality for your family. Mice, and insects enjoy damp areas and can do great damage over time. Termites like damp areas also. Moisture is important not only for their survival, but helps them digest the structural wood in your home. When we are spray the beams, floor joists, and foundation walls with foam, it keeps out air, water, dampness, and insects as well as mice and other vermin!

Here are some other reasons to install Spray Foam in your crawl space or basement:

  • Fiberglass batts tend to fall down over time and become useless. They also absorb moisture and lose R value, not to mention starting to grown mold which can make you sick.
  • AirTight’s spray foam "stays where it’s sprayed!", and doesn’t absorb water or support the growth of mold.
  • As the foam cures, it expands into all the cracks, crevices, and gaps in your framing, and fills those unseen areas. Rodents and insects can’t make their way into your home from the crawlspace or basement, because the crevices they used to fit through are now filled with spray foam. Your flooring above sprayed areas is easier to keep warm in the winter, and the lower moisture level will keep it from deteriorating over time. When we insulate and air-seal your crawl space or basement,you can count on lower energy bills and a higher level of comfort in the living spaces directly above.

FEMA: “Spray Foam is the only approved insulation for homes in flood prone areas.”

Spray Foam is the insulation of choice in New York and New Jersey shore communities. Spray foam can even stand up to superstorms. It's ability to repel water and stay where it’s sprayed, is what homeowners demand for their future.