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Pay attention to R-values with Icynene

There are plenty of different kinds of insulation you can add to a housing project, but not all of them offer the same level of return on investment as Icynene spray foam. This product allows you to quickly and safely add maximum value to any home or multi-tenant residence, offering buyers an ideal opportunity to increase their long-term savings.

Talk to a certified Icynene installation contractor to ensure that you are properly applying spray foam insulation throughout your projects, creating a solid seal from top to bottom in all homes and making these buildings the most desirable options to potential homeowners. One of the most important elements to discuss with a technician will be the level of protection you want to add to your next construction site, be it mainly to provide more weatherization or strengthen the structural integrity of a house. Icynene spray foam insulation can help meet both of these ends, so pay attention when inquiring about the various R-values* this solution offers.

As The Herald And News pointed out, there are a variety of different kinds of insulation options to consider when constructing a home. Not all of these offer the same level of performance, so be considerate of limitations when coming up with project materials as well. Here are some guidelines to remember.

Wall cavity space
One of the biggest considerations a builder must make is looking at how much area is available within a wall and the amount of insulation can fit in this space. For instance, if an interior wall is rated for a specific density of fiberglass batting at 2- by 4-inches squared, this value will be limited based on how thick the installed product happens to be. A fiberglass solution may offer an intriguing R-value* yet a spray foam alternative can go as high as 3.7 to 6.75 per square inch and together with its superior air-sealing qualities offers much more performance and coverage with the same or less thickness upon application.

Total area
Space consolidation is ideal when adding spray foam insulation to tight areas or sensitive spots throughout a house. In some cases, such as in attics and crawl spaces, it's ideal to fit in as much insulation as possible, but touching the outside roof surface or wicking in moisture through the basement could compromise home integrity. Therefore, builders must be careful to add as much insulation as they can without exceeding safe space boundaries. Most loose-fill fiberglass ranges closer to 2.7 per inch, so compared to spray foam, this solution is much more lackluster.

Bigger is not necessarily always better
That being said, it's wise to focus on both the R-value* and the air sealing performance of  spray foam insulation. While R-value* numbers indicate how well the product can control heating and cooling values, it is the air-sealing qualities that helps improve the efficiency of HVAC systems and helping future owners cut their bills in half regarding their climate control issues. What's more, unlike a traditional insulation tool, Icynene does not warp or wear out over time, making it a durable long-term investment for future owners.

Protecting home quality
Although some may think that the higher an R-value*, the better it will assist with filtering out toxins in the air, it is important to consider how well the insulation material also air seals. Able to offer both great R-values* and air-sealing, Icynene spray foam insulation helps future owners ensure that harmful particulates are not able to permeate walls and enter the house, damaging lungs and making residents sick. Builders should seek out this substance especially if they are constructing homes in areas known for local air quality issues or are located near potential hazards like landfills or industrial sites.

 

* R means resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power. Compare insulation R-values before you buy. There are other factors to consider. The amount of insulation you need depends mainly on the climate you live in. Also, your fuel savings from insulation will depend upon the climate, the type and size of your house, the amount of insulation already in your house, and your fuel use patterns and family size. If you buy too much insulation, it will cost you more than what you'll save on fuel. To get the marked R-value, it is essential that this insulation be installed properly.

 

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