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May 5, 2020
Homeowners on the Eastern Shore that are dealing with rising heating and cooling costs and poor home comfort are looking for insulation solutions, and many of them suspect that their attic is one of the first places to focus on. But with so many different insulation materials to choose from, what is the best attic insulation to use?
More and more homes are turning to spray foam insulation for their attics—let’s take a look at why.
How is Spray Foam Insulation Different from Other Insulations?
The first thing to understand is that spray foam insulation has a few qualities that set it apart from other insulation materials like cellulose, fiberglass, or even rigid foam board.
Insulation’s primary role is to slow down how quickly heat transfers between the building materials of a house. But heat can also exit and enter your house in the air through leaks and cracks in your building envelope, and most insulation types are significantly less effective at slowing air movement. This is why insulation and air sealing are important home improvements to make at the same time.
Luckily, spray foam insulation can both insulate and air seal at the same time, and it’s also a powerful moisture barrier, offering a strong level of protection for your home against the outside elements.
What are the Pros and Cons of Using Spray Foam for My Attic Insulation?
The advantages of adding spray foam insulation to your attic:
Spray foam offers air-tight insulation
Closed cell spray foam makes it easy to seal corners and harder to insulate areas
Effective sound barrier
Are there any negatives associated with insulating your attic with spray foam?
Spray foam is a superior insulation product, but it does come with some drawbacks. First, it’s more expensive than many other insulation types. Second, as a chemical process, spray foam can be hazardous to install, and you’ll need to be out of your home for at least 24 hours following installation to allow the spray foam time to cure.
Finally, spray foam is advanced insulation technology, and when it’s installed correctly, offers superior protection for your home. But it is also easier to install incorrectly, which can lead to less effective performance. That’s why it’s important to choose an expert home contractor with experience installing spray foam insulation in Annapolis and Eastern Shore homes and attics.
Spray Foam Insulation is Worth It with Total Home Performance
Whether you’re looking to replace the insulation in your attic, add spray foam in your existing walls, or find out crawl space spray foam insulation costs, Total Home Performance is the leading choice for your Maryland home. Our team has years of experience helping homeowners lower energy costs, raise home comfort, and find whole home solutions that make their houses better places to live.
The first step is a home energy audit, which analyzes how heat and air move in and out of your home. Audits help us pinpoint the exact locations of insulation and air sealing problems in your house, taking the guesswork out of home improvement upgrades and giving you the best return on the investment you make in your home.