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Air Leaks

Did you know air leaks from windows, doors and electrical outlets can add up to almost a quarter of the total energy lost in your home? Rim joists, windows and doors are difficult to insulate with traditional insulation due to their inflexibility and structure. Common problems that result from using traditional insulation types can include:

  • Failure to completely insulate and air-seal unique or unusual shapes such as arches, cathedral ceilings, cantilevered floors due to their material structure
  • Loss of R-Value* due to manipulation or contortion to try fitting into these shapes
  • Lack of moisture control

Benefits of Spray Foam

Together with moisture control and improved efficiency within the space, a modern insulation material like spray foam insulation can:

  • expand to fill and seal nooks and crannies within any unique shape, crawl space or angle
  • maintain its shape for its life with no worry of shrinking, settling or compromise
  • increase the durability of the building
  • provide a consistent R-Value*
  • minimize flow of airborne moisture and threat of condensation

* 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.