There are plenty of technical terms involved in home ownership that can leave you scratching your head, particularly when you haven’t heard them before. Even an experienced home owner may be faced with terms they’re unfamiliar with, when their home undergoes any kind of renovation. For instance, if you’ve been looking at replacing your traditional material insulation with spray foam insulation like Icynene, you may have found yourself asking, “What is a board foot, and what does it have to do with spray foam insulation?” It isn’t necessarily a unit of measurement that homeowners who have only used fiberglass have ever had to think about.
A board foot is a form of measurement the spray foam insulation industry uses to describe how much coverage their product has.
Typically, homeowners are used to hearing “square footage” tossed around as a unit of measurement in the home. How much square footage does your home have? What’s the square footage of your lot?
It’s not that simple when it comes to measuring out spray foam insulation, however, due to the necessity to take depth into account, when measuring the volume of spray foam needed to properly insulate a space.
Therefore, board feet are calculated first by taking the square footage of the surface being sprayed by a licensed spray foam insulation contractor. The next step is multiplying that total by the number of inches of foam that are needed to be sprayed in the wall or cavity where you plan to install it.
As mentioned before, this term is a standard form of measurement in the spray foam insulation industry. When you contact a licensed spray foam insulation contractor, like the ones who install Icynene products, they will typically use this term when giving you a quote for your home’s needs.
Spray foam insulation can seem like a daunting choice to make, because there are so many different approaches to measuring and applying the insulation, than traditional materials. However, that’s why making sure you hire a licensed spray foam insulation contractor is so important. Licensed contractors, like those who work with Icynene products, can help to guide you through the process and educate you, so that you understand the terminology and don’t feel so in the dark.
Talk to a licensed Icynene spray foam insulation contractor in your area, to determine how many board feet your home will need, and to find out more reasons why Icynene is the ideal choice for your home, or your project.