Technician spraying foam insulation using Plural Component Spray Gun

Home or business owners generally don’t give a second thought to their property’s insulation, as it was installed when the building was new. These days, insulation is not just a choice for new construction. Now, perhaps even more importantly, existing properties or buildings are excellent choices to receive the benefits of upgraded insulation.

Spray foam insulation has evolved as a gold standard because of the ease of installation and efficiency by a properly trained professional. Traditional insulation applications require extra steps and labor, such as vapor barrier to protect against air leaks. Spray foam insulation acts as its own vapor barrier, therefore there is no need for a separate barrier installation. Spray foam can improve your property’s comfort, air quality, and energy efficiency.

Other insulation materials like traditional cellulose and “blown-in” insulation are often crafted from recycled materials and components that can settle or degrade over time. Cellulose insulation tends to have a higher propensity for leaks than spray foam insulation.

With air leaks and water leaks, this can ultimately lead to mold growth so additional humidity damage check-ups are required to ensure that the insulation is not degrading too quickly.

Spray foam insulation also tends to outperform traditional insulation when it comes to air intrusion which means less chance of water and humidity breaking down the insulation and your home’s building materials. The better insulated a property is, the better it can shield the property from the effects of outside changes in weather and maintain the temperature set by the property’s HVAC systems.

Insulation that maintains your comfort level signifies strong resistance against air leaks. Those air leaks don’t just let in hot and cold air; they could also allow foreign particles to enter your home and further exert your indoor air quality control measures more so than normal.

These outside contaminants and pollutants that enter your home often can decrease your air quality and pose a risk to your health.

Given the density of spray foam insulation, this material does more than protect against temperature volatility and air intrusion. It also acts as a strong noise buffering measure between rooms and floors.

Before you make any major decisions for your property, it is critical to find the right professional team to upgrade your home’s insulation. Make sure to use highly trained and experienced professionals for any of your home renovations.

Dave Miller, owner of Superior Services, has been providing commercial and whole-home services in the Lowcountry for more than 20 years.