When you’re a first-time home buyer, the learning curve is steep, to say the least, and understanding what you’re getting into is incredibly important. Knowing the difference between an adjustable rate mortgage and fixed rate mortgage is just as important as knowing what the difference is between blown-in cellulose insulation and foaming insulation.
If you’re unsure what foaming insulation is, it’s more commonly known as spray foam insulation. A company like Icynene offers a range of high performance spray foam insulation products, each of which work better in different scenarios for different reasons.
Open Cell Spray Foam Insulation
Also known as low-density, this spray foam has a sponge-like composition, thanks to the open cell structure. It’s perfect for filling gaps in your walls and attics, making it a favorite for building construction. It’s also effective as an air barrier, helping reduce the volume of air that escapes from your home.
One additional feature unique to open cell foaming insulation is its ability to dampen sound transmission. This makes it ideal for areas of your home where sound transmission is an issue, such as a media room, or rooms adjacent to major roadways.
Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation
This type of spray foam is sometimes known as medium-density foam, and is rigid, unlike open cell spray foam. It also has a higher insulation R-Value per inch than open cell foam, which makes this type of foam a great choice for smaller, hard to reach areas. Crawlspaces are the perfect example of this scenario, where the space is smaller, but the need for the same level of insulation remains.
One final feature of closed cell spray foam is its ability to resist bulk water, making it ideal for hurricane- or flood-prone areas of the country. As a FEMA-recognized building material, areas like your basement or attic will be better protected than they would with traditional material insulation, which can lose effectiveness over time, when exposed to water.
In the end, it’s incredibly important to understand all of the elements involved with buying a home, and doing a full inspection of the home to discover what makes it right for you, and what needs to be improved upon, will help you make the best purchase for you and your family.
Talk to a licensed Icynene spray foam insulation contractor in your area, to find out which Icynene spray foam is best for your home, or your project.