15 Feb How Foam Insulation Can Make Your Home More Comfortable & You Happier
Building your custom dream home can be an overwhelming task. There are so many options to choose from, how do you know which ones are worth the investment?
Perhaps an important selection you can make during the building process is the type of insulation you have installed. Having a quality insulation system is crucial to maintaining your home’s internal environment, comfort, and overall value.
Sure, it’ll save you money upfront to go with traditional fiberglass or cellulose products, but will it possibly cost you more money over time? When it comes to creating the perfect environment for your family, do you really want to give up quality to save a few dollars?
We’re excited to offer our clientele spray foam insulation for home construction. Not all home builders offer and encourage the incorporation of foam insulation, but we believe it is a great addition to your home and its value.
Here’s why spray foam insulation is worth the upfront investment and how it will boost the quality of your dream home!
Spray Foam Insulation Helps You Save On Energy Costs
On hot days, you run your air conditioning. On cold days, you blast your furnace. Maybe you have a HVAC system that you keep on year round to maintain your indoor temperature. In fact, we don’t really recommend opening your windows at all.
Traditional insulation will (for the most part) keep that heat or cold inside your home. Despite its efforts though, fiberglass and cellulose isn’t perfect – it’s downside is that it is not air tight and it can allow a significant amount of energy to escape.
Open-cell spray foam has a similar R-Value per inch as fiberglass or cellulose insulation. The R-value measures an insulating material’s ability to trap heat flow. Typically the higher the R-value, the higher the quality of the insulation. But R-value alone isn’t a perfect measure. The greatest savings of spray foam are because of its impervious properties – it blocks the passage of air, like from high Kansas winds.
There are two types of spray foam: open-cell and closed-cell. Closed-cell foam has a higher R-value per inch than open-cell and is more rigid, but you can discuss which option is best for your home with our team. We generally use open-cell on 2×6 wall construction and closed-cell on a 2×4 wall.
Traditional insulation just can’t compete with the value and quality of spray foam. All wasted energy costs money, and the more air that your insulation wastes, the more money you’ll have to pay each month. It’s been observed where two identical houses, side by side – one had fiberglass insulation and the other had spray foam – had substantially different heating bills, with the spray foam home having lower heating costs.
Spray foam insulation can fix this problem! Yes, it costs more to install upfront, but you’ll save on your heating and AC costs – year after year. Remember, building a home is a long-term investment, so thinking ahead is crucial especially if energy costs continue to rise.
Keep Your Home Environment Consistent with Foam Insulation
No insulation is perfect and you will need to decide if you would like a little lower cost up front or a little higher cost with better performance for the life of the house.
Spray foam insulation provides a consistent and air-tight seal throughout, meaning that the warm or cool air you pay for each month will remain in the home and be easier on your wallet.
With spray foam, we create the right airtight seal around the entire home. However, if the home is too tight then you can develop a moisture problem. So we guarantee the perfect balance of tight seal without being too tight. That means air isn’t escaping in or out but you’re also not facing moisture buildup.
Reduce Chances of Property Damage with Spray Foam
Here’s how you can reduce your chances of damage and protect your savings: invest in spray foam insulation. Because spray foam maintains a quality seal throughout your home, you don’t have to worry about outdoor weather affecting your indoor systems.
Spray foam greatly reduces your chances of developing mold, mildew, dust and/or pollen circulation, and moisture buildup. It may not seem like a big deal at first, but it can become a major issue over time if not correctly addressed.
Mold can destroy the value of your home and be toxic to your family. Ice damage can affect your home’s internal systems, like electricity, HVAC, insulation, and even the structural integrity of the building. If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, pollen and dust are a huge no-no. Moisture can cause dry-rot and attract all kinds of bugs, and could even lead to termites.
You can avoid all of this chaos upfront by investing in spray foam insulation. It’ll keep your internal environment feeling great and ensure that your home stays clean and dry.
Save your money from damages. Spend on spray foam.
What Type of Spray Foam Insulation Do We Use?
As with any material we use in a home, we have a standard of quality and safety we uphold. We use BaySeal® Spray Foam which is free of formaldehyde and much safer for you and your family inside your home. BaySeal® is also sustainably created to be better for the environment as a whole. Plus, it helps you be more sustainable in your daily lives by cutting down on energy costs because of the benefits of spray foam.
You can learn more about BaySeal® here: https://baysealsprayfoam.com/spray-foam-insulation/
Are There Disadvantages to Spray Foam Insulation?
While spray foam insulation certainly has many benefits there are some disadvantages to be aware of:
- Environmental issues – spray foam has certainly raised a lot of concerns regarding the environment and the chemicals used. This is why we use BaySeal® because it is one of the cleanest foam options available because your health and environment is important to us.
- Cost – inevitably cost is a factor and can be a disadvantage for some. We believe the advantages of foam insulation outweigh the initial cost, but cost is absolutely a concern in regards to your total budget.
Overall, What Do We Recommend?
We stand behind the all of the insulation materials we offer. Yes, spray foam insulation is a quality product that will provide great comfort and energy savings for the life of your home. It will receive a return on your investment and it will add to the value of your home.
But ultimately it’s up to you and what you have budgeted. We want to build the exact right home for you, and we recommend spray foam insulation because of its many advantages. Cellulose for the walls, together with the extra layer of styrofoam sheeting on the outside, does make a well insulated house. We are here to answer your questions and to offer tried and true options that you will be happy with for many years to come, even if energy costs continue to rise. You won’t be disappointed by choosing Goertzen Homes for your new home. Stop in and see our model home and any of our houses that are under construction. Bring your floor plan ideas as well.