Your home needs spray foam insulation
The highest R-value
Indoor air quality
If a single product can claim the status of a green building silver bullet, it would be spray foam insulation. Singlehandedly, spray foam guarantees the highest practical levels of R-value per inch, effective air sealing, moisture management, and a higher performance than any other insulation available on the market today.
Because of it’s expanding quality, spray foam correctly applied by us, fills every nook in a wall cavity, band joist, floor joist, and attic rafter so that the entire area has a tight air seal. Spray foam delivers about 20% to 40% better overall performance than traditional fiberglass or cellulose insulation. Another reason for this significant difference comes with the right product choice. With substantial cost differences and subtleties in the performance characteristics of various foams, it’s important to understand we have the knowledge to choose the best one for a specific project and have trained experienced applicators to install it properly.
Nothing seals better
Less air infiltration means less dust, pollen, mold spores, moisture, and unwanted outdoor pollutants. The shear density of spray foam also makes it a deterrent to insects and unwanted mice. Spray foam will close gaps to help prevent animal and insect infestation in your home. Homeowners throughout the country are reaping the benefits of spray foam insulation. Whether a new or rehabbed home, they know the value that it added, and the comfort it will provide for years to come.
A frequent obstacle to overcome is the higher price. The primary reason why many builders baulk at foam is the difference in price from conventional fiberglass. “My client has budget issues and they will never go for that,” is a statement we often hear. While the initial investment for foam is higher than fiberglass, the cost savings over time and the additional benefits make it a worthwhile investment. The following is an example of how home owners can save money with spray foam.
Let’s assume you are building a house that the owners will be carrying a $300,000 mortgage on. Let’s also assume that to insulate with fiberglass is going to cost $6,000, and to insulate with foam will cost $15,000. In the example below these costs have been added to the mortgage to show the monthly difference in payments.
Even at a $9,000 initial cost difference, this is how your clients will be saving from day one.
The higher price of foam vs. fiberglass
Fiberglass Insulated Home Spray Foam Insulated Home
Mortgage = $306,000 Mortgage = $315,000
Monthly Pmt on 30 year loan @ 6% : $1,834.62 Monthly Pmt on 30 year loan at 6% : $1,888.58
Avgas. Heat/Cool Cost/month: $300 Avgas. Heat/Cool Cost/month: $180 (40 savings)
Total Mortgage + Heat/Cool: $2,134.62 Total Mortgage + Heat/Cool: $2,068.68
Results: $2134.62 - $2068.68 = A SAVINGS of $65.94 every month using spray foam insulation.
In this example we are assuming a 40% energy reduction by using foam over fiberglass. There are also several other savings associated with the use of foam. For one, you may be able to resize heating and cooling units to smaller and less costly systems. It is also safe to assume you will get a longer life out of your heating and cooling systems, as they will not be running as hard. Secondly, spray foam never sags or settles, so it’s performance is good for the life of the home. Fiberglass on the other hand will diminish in it’s effectiveness over time due to dirt, air infiltration and sagging. Lastly, these numbers are based on energy costs today. As energy costs rise in the future, savings will increase exponentially!
It is realistic to assume that savings in one’s lifetime could end up being a substantial amount, not to mention, the comfort level, and lack of drafts will be second to no other insulation material on the market.
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