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Foam insulation is best for unfinished walls, ceilings, and crawlspaces, but can also be used to boost the insulation in finished homes. This material is made by combining isocyanate and polyol resin into an expanding foam. Polyurethane is the most common material used for spray foam insulation. Foam wall insulation is made with non-expanding, tripolymer injection foam. At The Modern Pros, we rely on a high-performing, versatile spray foam insulation for commercial and residential construction.
Signs You Need More Insulation
When foam insulation is sprayed into walls, ceilings, floors, or attics, it expands to fill gaps and creates a barrier that prevents heat loss or gain. How do you know you have heat loss or need foam insulation? Consider the following:
- Fluctuating temperatures: Some rooms in your home might be much colder or hotter than others. This isn’t necessarily a problem with your HVAC – it could be a sign of insufficient insulation that has allowed air infiltration.
- Drafts: If there are cold spots throughout your home, especially near doors, windows, or electrical outlets, these are indications that there are holes in your foam insulation.
- High energy bills: When the costs for heating and cooling your house are always high, this may be a sign that poor insulation is allowing energy to escape.
- Noise: Foam insulation is designed to reduce the transmission of noise. If you are hearing too much noise between rooms or floors or from the outside, lacking insulation may be to blame.
Benefits of Adding Insulation
It is never too late to add more wall insulation or attic insulation to your home, and it’s never too late to reap the benefits of this upgrade. Benefits include:
- Consistent temperature control: When your insulation is in peak form, it’s possible to maintain consistent temperatures throughout your home. This means fewer drafts and overall increased comfort.
- Energy efficiency: When you reduce the loss of heat or cold in your home through adequate foam insulation, your HVAC system doesn’t need to work so hard to make your space temperate.
- Better indoor air quality: If you seal any gaps between the interior of your home and the walls, allergens, pollutants, and other outdoor contaminants are prevented from making their way into your space.
- Boosted home value: When you add insulation to your home, it also adds value. If you’re thinking of selling now or in the future, potential buyers will be attracted to a description of improved insulation and the comfort and energy savings that accompany this upgrade.
HOw Foam Insulation Works
The installation of foam insulation is usually simple and straightforward. Most of the time there is no need to cut through drywall to beef up what’s behind your walls. Typically, small holes can be made in strategic places to insert the foam into hard-to-reach places and the holes are then patched and painted. If a home is undergoing major repairs or renovations, removing drywall to install the insulation may be the best course of action.
It is possible to have too much insulation in your home, but working with professionals who understand the nuances of foam insulation and ventilation will ensure that the space remains healthy. The Modern Pros are roofing experts and ensure that roof edges, peak vents, and sometimes attic fans are in place for attic insulation upgrades and passive and active ventilation.
Hire Expert Michigan Contractors to Insulate Your Home
When your home is too cold in the winter and too warm in the summer and your HVAC is working just fine, it’s time to consider how well your insulation is working. Adding foam insulation behind your walls or in your attic delivers home energy efficiency, especially when combined with the sealing of air leaks first.
Learn more about the best and most cost-effective way to weatherize your home and improve your comfort level. Contact The Modern Pros to discuss your question, concerns, and to get an estimate for your project.