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Increase your home's performance by adding spray foam insulation

Most homeowners know that letting moisture get out of control inside their homes is a bad idea. Too much moisture contributes to a long list of problems, including but not limited to wood rot, peeling and chipping paint, structural weakness and unattractive water spots. Even more troubling is the tendency for excess moisture to create indoor environments that sustain mold growth, according to the Department of Energy. The best way to prevent these problems from taking over your home is to manage how moisture enters and exits your home, which can be done effectively by investing in the right product. For instance, spray foam insulation can help better manage moisture flow.

Spray Foam defends the home from multiple threats
The importance of an effective insulation and vapor barrier is not limited to keeping excess water out of your home. The true value to a reliable product is how these installations protect against the progressively worsening impacts of excess moisture. Peeling paint, for example, poses a larger risk to homeowners than having to repaint the home's interiors. Damage from excess moisture can cause peeling paint to release dangerous amounts of lead into your home's interiors if the structure was built prior to 1978, according to the Center for Disease Control.

Similarly, many homeowners look to minimize mold threats in order to protect the health of their families. In addition to the space between interior walls, mold growth can begin to develop in air conditioners, behind drywall, inside mattresses and under carpet. These moist environments invite pests like mites and cockroaches into your home as well. Thankfully, these and other threats can be minimized with a professional installation of spray foam insulation.

Choose closed-cell over open-cell foam
There are two types of spray foam insulation for you to choose from. According to the Fairbanks Daily Miner-News, closed-cell spray foam insulation is denser than open-cell spray foam insulation making it ideal for use in areas with high humidity or areas that are prone to flooding. In addition to providing a higher R-value*, this design makes closed-cell insulation an ideal option. Open-cell spray foam allows for bi-directional drying of the wall assembly, so water passes through but the insulation will not stay moist meaning homeowners can detect and address a potential leak quickly and allow the foam to continue performing unhindered unlike traditional insulation types.

The right insulation manages the flow of vapor in and out of your home.The right insulation manages the flow of vapor in and out of your home.

Professional installation is key to improving performance
Installing spray foam insulation is not a DIY option. Ensuring that the material is properly applied and set takes a professional with experience and expertise. It makes sense for you to invest in the experience of an established spray foam insulation company like Icynene​.

* 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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