Choosing the Best Insulation for Your Home
Building, buying or renovating a home is a major investment. Spray foam insulation—and masonry foam insulation for homes with concrete block walls—provide several benefits not available with “standard” fiberglass or cellulose insulation. First and foremost, foam insulation can save you thousands of dollars more on energy costs over the life of your home.
Important Questions to Ask Yourself
- Is an energy efficient home important to you?
- Do you know that heating and cooling usually accounts for 40–50% of your home’s annual energy use?
- Do you know that fiberglass or cellulose insulation cannot stop air leakage through walls and ceilings, which accounts for up to 40% of your home’s annual heating and cooling energy use?
- Are allergies—and indoor air quality—a special concern for your family?
- Is your home located near a noisy highway or airport flight path?
- Do you live in a high wind zone where windstorm mitigation home improvements—like closed-cell spray foam insulation—can earn big discounts on your homeowners insurance premiums?
Each question above addresses an important area where foam insulation excels in comparison to fiberglass or cellulose. Fiberglass and cellulose insulations are porous; they get most of their insulating power from air pockets in the insulation material. Because the air pockets in fiberglass and cellulose get compressed over time—as the insulation settles under its own weight—these common insulating materials lose R-value over time. Also, fiberglass and cellulose do nothing to block air movement through cracks, joints and openings in your walls and attic spaces, which can account for as much as 40% of your annual heating and cooling costs.
Foam insulation does not settle over time, and it seals cracks, joints, openings and hard to fit spaces against unwanted air movement through your walls and ceiling. You owe it to your family to learn more about foam insulation so you can make the most informed insulation choice for your home.