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Spray Foam 101: Air Barriers

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Spray Foam 101: Air Barriers

You may have heard that spray foam insulation like Icynene makes a great air barrier for homes, which can help save you money in the long term. What does that mean, though? Why do you want an air barrier for your home? 

Applied as a liquid, Icynene spray foam insulation quickly expands within seconds of application filling all the crevices and cracks.  Once this takes place, the foam solidifies to become an air barrier, which effectively seals your home. 

Having your home air-sealed can help to prevent drafts, as well as airborne irritants, from entering the home. A less drafty home can help lower your monthly heating and cooling bills, which can in turn save you money and provide greater comfort. Fewer airborne irritants can help contribute to fewer allergies and a healthier home.

Now that you understand what the reasons would be for an air barrier in your home, it’s important to make the right choice in the type of spray foam insulation you choose. Closed cell foam is a great choice to install in parts of your home that are prone to flooding, due to its ability to reject bulk water. On the other hand, if you’re looking to replace your current traditional insulation with a cost effective and high performance solution, open cell foam is a great alternative that performs consistently year round to provide both insulating and air sealing value.

Talk to a licensed Icynene spray foam insulation contractor in your area, to find out more about the process of creating an air barrier in your home.

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