With the colder weather coming in, you might be considering insulating your home. Spray foam insulation is one of the best solutions for both new and old homes! Spray foam insulation has many valuable benefits for homeowners. It saves you money, helps to deter moisture, improve indoor air quality, reduces sound, provides additional strength to the structure, and it lasts! Spray foam insulation is easy to install and is environmentally friendly, aiding you in reducing your carbon footprint.
There are two different types of spray foam insulation - open cell spray foam and closed cell spray foam. Open cell and closed cell spray foam both have advantages and disadvantages. And although both of these insulate a home, they do so in different ways. You can read below to learn more about what each of these are and the benefits to them.
What is Open Cell Spray Foam?
Open cell spray foam gets its name because there is room, like a small air bubble, left inside each cell of the foam. This causes the open cell spray foam to be light, limber, and easy to work with. Open cell spray foam typically uses water as its blowing agent. It is moisture resistant and allows moisture to pass through instead of trapping it in the insulation.
What are the Advantages and Disadvantages to using Open Cell Spray Foam?
One of the best benefits to using open cell spray foam is that it is cheaper, which saves you money! Open cell spray foam expands more and allows for more air circulation than closed-cell spray foam. This type of spray foam also allows you to insulate hard-to-reach places. One disadvantage of open-cell spray foam is that it is not as suitable for places with extreme temperatures.
What is Closed Cell Spray Foam?
On the other hand, closed cell spray foam has no space in the cells. Because the cells are packed together extremely close, closed cell spray foam is rigid and very dense. Although closed cell spray does not expand as much as open cell spray, it is still able to create the same air barrier. It uses a chemical agent as its blowing agent. Closed Cell Spray Foam is water resistant, which helps with moisture control for your home.
What are the Advantages and Disadvantages to using Closed Cell Spray Foam?
Closed cell spray foam has many benefits. One benefit is that it seals well enough to act as a vapor barrier. Because closed cell spray is rigid, it helps to support the structural integrity of the home or building. One disadvantage of using closed cell spray foam is that it is more expensive than using open cell spray foam. This also does not expand as much as open cell spray foam.
If you are interested in scheduling insulation services, contact Reeves Insulation today!