Insulation is beneficial for commercial and residential properties because it saves you money on your electric bill while keeping your house warm during the winter and cool during the summer. At Reeves Insulation we know that spray foam insulation is a big investment to make your home more energy-efficient. Spray Foam Insulation is a popular choice among homeowners for many reasons, including it is significantly better at keeping your home comfortable. The resistance value, often known as the “R-value,” is the highest available on the market. It also keeps our pests and moisture. Spray Foam Insulation keeps mold from growing as well.
So if this insulation is going to save you money and keep your home energy efficient, how long can you expect for it to last?
The short answer is that if your insulation is applied properly by a licensed technician and is maintained properly, it should last for the lifetime of your home. Many decades is not a far-fetched answer.
How Long Does Spray Foam Insulation Last?
If you have noticed that your electric bill has gotten significantly more expensive, your insulation may not have been installed properly, or there is a problem that is keeping it from working the way it is supposed to. It is unusual, but your insulation can wear down if it is not taken care of. This means if you have a pest problem that isn’t under control, your insulation could be destroyed. Leaks can also cause damage to your spray foam insulation. And age can also cause your insulation to wear down.
Spray Foam Insulation Lifespan
According to The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, spray foam insulation can last more than 80 years. While this is a very long time, homeowners have to keep in mind that insulation was typically installed many years before they moved into their homes. If you are in a new construction home, it is likely that your insulation could last for a number of decades, but if you are moving into an older construction home, you may overestimate how long your insulation will last.
Why Does Insulation Deteriorate?
The spray foam insulation that we use at Reeves Insulation is the highest quality insulation and is highly durable. We use materials that are weather-resistant and can stand up to Arkansas humidity. Although we use the best quality insulation, it will still deteriorate over time. There are a few reasons your insulation may not last as long as you expect it to.
Water damage can happen to anyone. Whether a pipe bursts or your roof gets a hole in it, water damage can be detrimental to your spray foam insulation. It is water-resistant but not fully waterproof. Mold will grow when too much moisture is present and damage your insulation.
Holes In Your Insulation
Your spray foam insulation may not last as long as it is created to if it is installed incorrectly and gaps are present. Gaps in your insulation can also become a breeding ground for mold to grow.
Insulation can becme less effective if it is dirty. You want insulation to be sprayed into a clean and dry area. The cleaner the sections of insulation are, the longer they will last.
If you struggle with an infestation of pests, we recommend calling a pest control company. Nothing is worse than having your insulation need to be replaced due to a critter making a home with the spray foam or chewing through it. This is a quick way to ensure your spray foam insulation will not last as long as you deserve for it to.
Additional Insulation We Offer
Any type of insulation will deteriorate eventually, but not all at the same rate. Here is a quick overview of what other options are available at Reeves Insulation.
Cellulose insulation is a popular choice among our homeowners. This home insulation has been around for a long time. It is commonly used in enclosed walls, unfinished attic floors, the area around pipes or electrical wiring, and other small cavities where energy could potentially escape. The material conforms to most spaces and won’t disturb the existing structure; it can be used safely both in existing homes as well as entirely new construction. Cellulose insulation is unique in that it is often considered the more “green” solution to residential insulation because of how it is made.
Fiberglass is one of the most inexpensive and common insulation choices available. It’s almost always used in new construction unless the home is a custom build for a specific customer. It is a very economical solution to problems with retaining your heat and cold air.
No matter what insulation you choose, you can count on it being effective for many years as long as it is installed properly and maintained properly. We can inspect your insulation and tell you if you need an update or not. Reeves Insulation is here to help you get the most bang for your buck. Give us a call at 870-793-2623 or fill out this form here.