The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Spray Foam Insulation

Due to its simplistic nature, many people are nowadays opting for the spray foam insulation. It is also preferred due to the fact that it is cheap. All said and done, one has to be well aware of what he/she is getting into when it comes to using this appliance in terms of advantages and disadvantages: how effective is this appliance towards adding value to one’s house, especially with regards to solving the problem of finances?

Survey courtesy of the U.S.A government

According to a survey courtesy of the U.S.A government, a household in the United States of America might end up spending even up to $650 annually just on eclectic appliances like heaters and air conditioners. This is rather expensive, given the nature the economy currently. This information is vital when it comes to picking the right appliance for your home. You don’t want to end up picking an appliance that will end up raising your bills.

Using the right insulating appliance will definitely help one cut down on the expenses. So, how does one choose the ideal insulation? This can easily be done by analyzing the advantages as well as the disadvantages of these appliances, with specific reference to spray foam insulation.

To begin with, it is important to clearly define what this foam insulation is; it is an electric appliance used to fill up gaps like crevices by use of spray gun. When the liquid fills up the gaps, it expands and covers gaps thus acting as insulators. A foaming agent expanding to come up with foam is the one responsible for the production of liquid. They enlarge by a scale of 100 times in size.

This spray can be in different kinds: expanding spray form-which is used for polyurethane foam. It basically is used to insulate walls as well as ceiling boards in a house. Its effectiveness stretches to the fact that it can be used as a barrier to some adverse conditions both during winter and summer.

Why other insulations are not effective?

Other insulations do actually leave behind cracks which can be used by heat, thus they are not effective. Using this insulation will on the other hand go along way in ensuring that these cracks are completely covered. It also will prevent invasion by insects that do crawl into these cracks. In addition, it also prevents moisture from forming thus leading to much lesser occurrences of molds. Another fact worth mentioning is that it has some quality of stickiness, which solidifies the strength of one’s foundations.

Despite being seen as the best option, this insulation also has some negative qualities: it is quite expensive as opposed to the other products which are considered traditional which can provide the same services.

It is also too delicate and demanding in that it should not be exposed to the sun and other products like solvents from bathrooms which are strong.

Health wise, many people are reported to have suffered consequences from the chemicals, such as breathing problems, irritation of the skin among others. Its fumes are believed to be flammable, and do pose a risk when close to fire.  The last disadvantage is drawn from the fact that this gas can easily result to emission of what is called green house gas.