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Open vs. Closed Cell, What's Right for Your Project?

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Open vs. Closed Cell, What's Right for Your Project?

In order to choose the right kind of spray foam insulation, like Icynene, for your project, you need to have a basic handle on the different types available, and what they’re best used for. There are two main options available for residential foam insulation: open cell and closed cell spray foam insulation.

Open cell spray foam insulation is also known as low density spray foam. The open cell structure gives this foam insulation a sponge-like texture, even after curing that helps it retain its insulation properties year round It is often used for building construction because it is ideal for filling in gaps in walls, and it is an effective air barrier that helps reduce the amount of air escaping from your home.

While both types of spray foam offer excellent thermal and air sealing performance,, open cell is particularly good at helping to dampen sound transmission. This makes it great for walls inside your home, where noise is an issue, such as an entertainment room.

On the other hand, closed cell foam insulation is a medium density spray foam. It has a higher insulation R value per inch than open cell foam, and is rigid. This makes it an ideal option for use in small areas, where there is less space but still the same level of insulation needed such as crawlspaces. It is also better at resisting water, and so is ideal for use in projects where dampness or rain is an issue.

Do you know which type of spray foam insulation is right for your project? Talk to a licensed Icynene spray foam insulation contractor in your area, to help you find out.

 

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