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Best practices of choosing home insulation

When you're ready to protect your residential real estate from the elements, you'll likely find a broad array of options for insulation. Each has advantages, though spray foam continues to be cited as one of the more effective options on the market, as it is safe, clean, effective and extremely resilient to long-term, persistent and threatening weather conditions.

Regardless of whether you are trying to reduce your heating bills or preparing your home for a flood or other natural disaster, spray foam insulation gets the job done better than other materials and products.

Spray foam at the forefront
AlabamaWISE recently listed some of the unique advantages of insulating facilities with spray foam, asserting that it is a strong air barrier that can keep temperatures in the home or office regulated without increasing utilities bills. Individuals living in hot climates and cold ones alike can see their heating or cooling bills drop substantially after installing this insulation.

According to the news provider, open-cell spray foam has a much stronger rating than fiberglass when it comes to conductive heat flow resistance. The average R-Value*, which is a measurement used to establish how effective a material is in keeping out cold or hot air, for spray foam is 3.6 per inch, whereas the rating for fiberglass is only 2.5 per inch.

The source noted that at the end of the day, one of the most crucial components of the insulation's performance is the skill that went into installing the spray foam. For this reason, you should always rely on a proven spray foam service provider, such as a certified Icynene contractor, for your insulation installation needs.

Finally, AlabamaWISE added that spray foam is often more affordable than fiberglass, especially because the latter costs more to manufacture than the former. 

Aren't sold yet?
If you're still confused about the advantages of spray foam insulation over fiberglass options, consider taking a look through Icynene's intuitive list of comparisons between the two

One example the service provider includes is that spray foam prevents air conditioning from escaping your home because of the extreme lack of air leakage. On the other hand, fiberglass and cellulose will act more like a woolen sweater that allows far more room for air leakage.

The benefits of spray foam, especially provided by Icynene, are vast and waiting for you to experience. 

* 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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