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Why R-value shouldn’t be the only deciding factor in your insulation choice

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Why R-value shouldn’t be the only deciding factor in your insulation choice

Whether you’re having a new home built or renovating, making a decision about the type of insulation you’re going to have installed is never an easy one. There are many choices, and it can be a challenge to know what factors are important to take into consideration. But whether you’re looking at fiberglass, cellulose or spray foam insulation, R-value is a term that has likely come up many times.

Some  will tell you that a higher R-value means a warmer and better insulated home, but is that truly the case? Here are some reasons you should think twice about letting the highest R-value be the sole factor in your decision.

When insulation is installed improperly, it can potentially lose part of its R-value. If any gaps are left between the insulation material and the places where it is installed, air may be able to leak in and out of the house.

In addition, traditional insulation materials could potentially  sag over time, creating additional gaps in the insulation, which can create air leaks.

Icynene spray foam insulation expands into small holes and gaps, which creates and effective air seal for the house, thus eliminating one of the major sources of energy loss in your home: air leaks.

When it comes time to make a choice for your insulation, looking for a combination of ideal R-value and a way to prevent air leakage is the best way to maximize energy savings. Icynene spray foam is the ideal choice.

Find a licensed Icynene spray foam insulation contractor in your area, to discover more reasons to choose Icynene.

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