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Open-Cell Spray Foam Insulation

Did you know that the insulation you choose for your new residence should contribute to the durability, energy efficiency, comfort, health and safety of your home? Most homebuyers get excited about selecting new appliances, counter tops, landscaping and other aesthetic items but rarely consider the variety of insulation materials available to the construction industry.

With the rising cost of energy, and a focus on health and environmental issues, architects and builders are recommending insulation materials that add significant performance value to construction projects. Open-cell spray foam is at the top of the recommended insulation materials list.

The structure of the spray foam is referred to as “open-cell” because air is trapped in small cavities that expand 120 times its initial volume, filling the building envelope with an insulation R-value of 4 per inch. The spray-applied foam forms an air seal that prevents air leaks and greatly reduces noise transmission through walls.

More than 40% of the energy consumed in a typical household goes to heating and cooling. Spray Foam insulation is a continuous air barrier system. When properly installed, the open-cell insulation prevents the conditioned air from escaping through building voids. Minimizing air leakage reduces HVAC equipment energy consumption, which lowers utility bills.

Radiant heat transfer between our bodies and surrounding indoor surfaces contribute to the physical comfort in a home. Heat can transfer by radiation into a wall and across the open-cell insulation. However, because the insulation is essentially joining walls at the same temperature, heat transfer by radiation is practically nonexistent. This helps to maintain an indoor temperature that improves occupant comfort.

Polyurethane insulation offers impressive benefits as an alternative to traditional insulation materials. For example, Spray Foam reduces air infiltration, which lowers heating and cooling costs, and reduces the level of air-borne pollen, dust, and allergens from outside the home. In addition, Foam decreases the amount of moist air that leaks through the house, minimizing the opportunity for mold and mildew growth on or inside walls and ceilings. These benefits can translate into a higher resale value of your home.

Consider these facts before you settle for conventional insulation materials:
Open-cell insulation is environmentally safe, fit for your budget, and can improve the overall performance of your home. Take an active role in the construction of your home by requesting open-cell spray foam to insulate your most valuable asset.

  • 90% of all building failures in the U.S. are related to moisture.
  • Air leaks can account for 99% of moisture movement in a residential structure, which can result in mold growth and unfavorable health effects.
  • Air exfiltration can account for as much as 40% of residential energy loss.
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Closed-Cell Spray Foam Insulation

Investing in closed-cell foam insulation is an important choice in building a sustainable home. Closed-cell spray foam insulation is one of the most advanced insulating materials available to the construction industry. The foam insulation is spray-applied and forms an air seal that prevents leaks, minimizes noise, and improves building performance. Closed-cell is the perfect thermal and moisture management system for your new home.

Mold is an increasing concern with its evident health risks found nearly everywhere, especially with high levels of rain, flooding and/or humidity.
Most home buyers assume that mold does not grow on conventional insulation material; this is a fairly true statement. However, it grows on the organic debris that becomes trapped in these products. There are four critical requirements for mold growth - available mold spores, available mold food, appropriate temperatures and "considerable" moisture. Of the four basic requirements for mold growth, moisture availability is by far the easiest mold growth requirement to control.

Closed cell insulation is an important component in a moisture management system. Air infiltration and exfiltration, within a structure, contributes to approximately 99% of moisture migration. Reducing air movement deters moisture accumulation so that mold growth is less likely to occur. Combined with a proper mechanical ventilation system, closed cell spray foam insulation helps keep the indoor humidity at a level for which the growth of mildew and allergens can be minimized. Reducing moisture and controlling humidity can also add years to the life expectancy of a home.

Closed-cell spray foam insulation provides an exceptional R-value of 7 per inch (Open cell is 4 per inch), which results in heating and cooling cost savings. Drafts are virtually eliminated so a more uniform indoor temperature is maintained. Closed-cell foam doesn't settle or sag over time so you'll enjoy these savings for the life of your home.

Take an active role in the construction of your home by requesting E=mc's open-cell or closed-cell spray foam to insulate your most valuable asset.

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