Top 5 Myths about Spray Foam Insulation: What You Need to Know

Spray foam insulation

For many home and business owners, the choices for insulation can be very daunting. Which materials and what methods work best? At Superior Insealators, we’re trained, licensed Icynene® Spray Foam Insulation contractors. This means we can put our expertise to work for you.

Since spray foam is a relatively newer product compared to fiberglass and other more traditional materials, there are a number of myths about it. Here are the top five:

Myth #1:  Icynene Spray Foam Insulation costs too much. 

Look at it this way—there may be a higher upfront cost, but the money you’ll save on energy bills will be worth it in the long run. You could save up to 40% on your heating and cooling costs if you use spray foam insulation.

Myth #2: Because spray foam isn’t as thick as batts of fiberglass, it can’t insulate as well.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. The fact is, it takes less foam to achieve the same level of insulation as several batts of fiberglass. This is because foam expands to fill in more gaps than other types of insulation.  In fact, if you have an older building, you can even add spray foam to existing insulation.

Myth #3: Spray foam is used only for insulation.

Actually, spray foam also acts as a sealant which repels moisture as well. Moisture is a real nuisance that can cause mold and mildew, making areas like the basement smell bad and letting in drafts. That’s why spray foam is a superior choice for keeping out mold, which is caused by water infiltration.

Myth #4: Spray foam doesn’t seal as well as fiberglass insulation.  

Of course this is not true. Spray foam is able to reach into nooks and crannies that fiberglass simply can’t. That’s why contractors use spray foam to seal in crawlspaces, attics, basements, around electrical outlets, windows and more.

Myth #5: Spray foam contains chemicals that may not be safe.

Actually, spray foam is more environmentally-friendly than older types of insulation. It contains fewer VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and because it has no food value, it doesn’t allow for the growth of fungus and bacteria, keeping your home healthier and greener. It’s also not a food source for pests, so you won’t have to worry about attracting mice and having infestations in your house.

When you consider the benefits of spray foam versus other kinds of insulation, it’s clear that spray foam represents a new generation in efficient insulation with less mess and hassle.

That’s why it’s important to call on experienced contractors like the professionals at Superior Insealators for a consultation, whether your building is a new construction or a retrofit.

Superior Insealators works with all types of insulation materials, and we’ll work with you to identify the best products and methods for your insulation needs. Contact us today for more information.

Superior Insealators is an ABAA (Air Barrier Association of America) Certified Insulation Contractor.

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