What is Spray Foam Insulation?
Spray Foam Insulation is a mixture which is combined under pressure at the tip of the spraying nozzle. Composed of polyol resin and isocyanate it expands considerably. It requires a practiced hand to apply and is toxic until it dries. Also while it is drying it emits a gas that causes blurred vision and trouble breathing.
For this reason it is generally considered essential to engage a specialist installer with breathing equipment to apply the spray foam. Home owners are required to vacate the property where SPF is being applied for at least 24 hours after installation. Once dry, however, the product is stable and non-toxic.
We install Polyurethane Spray Foam Insulation which is the most common type of spray foam insulation. We shorten the name to SPF (Spray Polyurethane Foam) for convenience. Originally it was developed by the military way back in the 1940s. It was used in airplane construction due to its light weight insulating properties.
It took until the early 70s before it began to be used as a building insulation material. However, due to its higher cost coupled with the lower cost of utilities at the time, cheaper forms of insulation where typically used.
Nowadays a much more environmentally aware public, along with rising utilities costs, have caused a major upswing in interest for all forms of energy efficient construction techniques and products. With the increased demand, the cost of SPF has also decreased proportionally.
For these reasons plus the fact that it will often qualify for state and federal tax deductions, Polyurethane Spray Foam Insulation is now the product of choice for most energy efficient insulation construction.
Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Insulation is a Better, More Efficient Form of Insulation
Cost Savings – Typically up-front costs for installing this form of insulation are recovered by lower utility bills over a few years. The exact time required to see this return will vary depending upon many factors, such as the local climate associated with the installation. Even where temperatures are not extreme in California, as with the Los Angeles area where we primarily operate, can generate significant cost savings.
Other factors include whether all external walls are insulated on a new construction project. Also maybe an attic space is also insulated. Sometimes people also add spray foam insulation to internal walls. Some projects are remodels where certain sections of the home have SPF insulation applied.
For a full discussion or cost savings visit our Spray Foam Insulation Lower Utility Costs page.
Types of Installation Ideas for Spray Foam Insulation
Residential Installations – SPF
New Construction – Installing spray foam insulation in residential homes when the home is being built is probably the most common application for SPF. The biggest savings and the most benefits come in new home construction. Ask your home builder to quote for SPF rather than traditional forms of insulation. One thing is for certain on new construction projects; the home owner will recoup the additional costs very quickly and over time enjoy significantly lower utility bills very quickly.
Most resistance to this more modern form of insulation is simply that the general contractor is not familiar with the product and has to get a specialist such as Burton & Clark in to install the product. In addition, no other contractors can be on site while the product is installed. Having said that, SPF is becoming the product of choice for the savvier and up to date builders. They understand the benefits of offering a more efficient environmentally friendly solution to their customers.
It should be noted that there are many other benefits to adding spray foam insulation to a new home. These can include, better sound insulation, better structural stability, less intrusion of pollution, dust, dirt, and bugs into the home as well as almost complete elimination of drafts.
Home Remodeling Projects – This is the ideal time to add SPF to an existing home. All of the above benefits can be realized albeit limited to the extent of the remodel. The biggest hurdles on a remodeling project is that some spray foam insulation installers are not very interested in small projects. Consequently they inflate their prices making it less cost effective for individual home owners on a budget.
If you have a remodeling project and are in the Los Angeles area, call Burton & Clark aka Spray Foam Insulation Los Angeles +1 (855) 226-5577. We will provide you with a non-inflated highly competitive quote. We love small projects. We are geared up and efficient at installing SPF to single walls, loft spaces and similar.
Special Projects – SPF
Specialist Applications – There are a range of special types of projects where spray foam insulation can provide many benefits. These include media rooms, recording studios, recreational vehicles, libraries, cold rooms, home custom wine cellars, commercial wine cellaring and storage facilities.
Commercial Construction – SPF
Commercial Buildings – Commercial projects for SPF are many and varied. Apartment complexes, offices, film studios, high rises, swimming pools, sports complexes, indeed any commercial project where environmental control is important. In addition, utility cost savings can be much more significant in a commercial project.
If you have a large commercial project and are in the Los Angeles area, call +1 (855) 226-5577 and talk directly to our commercial project specialist. We will be happy to discuss the implications of providing spray foam insulation installation services into your project. We are experienced in large commercial projects.
Types of Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation
There are two types of SPF, Open-cell and Closed-cell. Closed-cell is used for external walls and Open-cell is used for internal walls. Open-cell while not quite as good at temperature insulation is less expensive and much better at sound insulation. For a full discussion on the characteristics of Open-cell vs Closed-cell SPF click here.