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Professional installation is the only choice for spray foam

Spray foam insulation is a popular choice for homes designed with an energy efficient approach in mind. For example, homes in the innovative sustainable housing development Urban Reserve, located in Dallas, Texas, take advantage of spray foam insulation's high R-value* and draft-sealing qualities, according to The Dallas Morning News. However, homeowner's can't take full advantage of the cost-saving benefits of spray foam if the insulation material is improperly installed. There are multiple reasons why relying on an experienced pro is the best way to go when adding spray foam.

Professional installation is key
Spray foam insulation installed by highly practiced insulation contractors, such as licensed Icynene contractors, is ideally suited for effectively filling the building's walls and ceiling spaces, areas that ramp up heating and cooling costs, said The Hartford Courant. The effectiveness of spray foam materials depends on how effectively the cracks and gaps between walls are filled as the material expands and dries. Hiring a spray foam pro with the right tools and know-how ensures the insulation provides an airtight seal and delivers the greatest savings on heating and cooling expenses. It also helps avoid any issues that result from a DIY application or from an unlicensed insulation contractor. A licensed professional will know exactly what is required, how much and how to properly install the insulation material for effective performance – both immediately and over the long-term.

Open-cell or closed-cell questions
Both light density open-cell and medium density closed-cell spray foam are available for customers interested in upgrading their home's insulation. The most cost-effective choice between the two types of materials depends on the home, climate and sources of local noise pollution. Licensed spray foam professionals can offer their insight into assessing the insulation needs of the home and determining whether open-cell or closed-cell materials would be a better fit. By trusting the opinion of an expert, homeowners avoid paying too much for a more costly insulation their home doesn't need or installing insufficient insulation that makes the home more vulnerable to heat loss as well as any potential issues in the future.

* 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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