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Although I am not a professional contractor, I have worked with more than a few during my 40 years as a homeowner. In fact, I have had 3 kitchens, 7 bathrooms, and 2 master bedrooms renovated over the years. Because some of the experiences were a breeze, I found myself addicted to customizing my homes. If you are thinking about getting a little work done on your home, it is a good idea to learn as much about construction as you can. After all, how will you choose a new garage door opener if you aren't familiar with the different types? Understanding the materials and how to choose a contractor might streamline your renovation.

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Benefits to Choosing Spray Foam Over Other Types of Insulation

If you live in an old and drafty home, you may want to invest in some new insulation. Effective insulation can save you a ton of money on your energy bills and it can make your house seem quieter as well. And, spray foam insulation is one of the best options you can pick. Keep reading to learn about a few benefits that can help you make your insulation choice.

It Can Insulate Effectively

Most types of insulation are effective in closing off your home. If you look at the specific costs of the insulation materials then you may notice that spray foam is among the most expensive. This is true, but spray foam is by far the best material when it comes to energy efficiency and general insulation. The spray foam does not simply sit in between the walls, but it fills them in. It adheres to surfaces to close off the tiniest gaps and it creates a shield against new cracks and openings that develop.

Spray foam has an R-value of 3.5 to 6.5 per inch depending on whether an open or closed cell variety is chosen. This value measures a material's insulation ability and how much heat is lost from the home. In comparison, fiberglass insulation has an R-value that is around 3, depending on the specific type and location. And, since the spray foam can be easily layered and formed into thick constructions, you can achieve a fairly high-efficiency level.

Unlike other types of insulation, the efficiency does not drop over time. The material does not break down, decompose, bunch, or fall like other insulation types.

It Can Be Used Almost Anywhere

There are a wide variety of methods that can be used to add insulation to the home, and the blown-in method is quite effective to get loose insulation into small and tight spaces. However, what happens when all of your drafty areas are open? This is a concern, especially in attic spaces and any area that sits directly underneath the roof. These areas are difficult and sometimes impossible to close off in a cost-effective manner to simply secure insulation.

Spray foam has the advantage of allowing areas to remain open. The foam can be sprayed between open beams without disturbing the structure of your home in any way. Also, when it comes to small and tight spots, the foam is much more likely to close off an opening than a material that is blown into the home. The process used to add the insulation to small interior spaces is called interior cavity fill, so ask your contractor about this. 

Contact a company like All Weather Insulation for more information.