Spray Foam Insulation
Crawl space insulation is an important part of your home’s climate control. Without insulation (or with poor coverage and quality), floors may be cold during winter, and your energy bills will be unnecessarily high. Insulating your crawl space is a practical and reasonable home improvement job. One of the best ways to insulate your crawl space is with spray foam insulation. Closed-cell spray foam insulation is a fast growing option for insulating crawl spaces, because, as a foam, it provides the necessary air sealing barrier along with the insulation—all in the same canister. It also expands into those hard-to-reach places!
Fiberglass, cellulose, and even denim are other types of insulation, but any existing drafts will persist after the insulation is installed. They just don’t seal as well.
Spray foam insulation is superior to those other materials on the market, because it can get into nooks and crannies that the other sealing and insulating materials cannot. Used appropriately, it will expand into crevices and around duct, pipe, and wiring holes to provide an air-tight seal. Spray foam insulation is well worth its cost—when used appropriately.
When used appropriately is the key phrase. The chemical reaction that takes place upon application requires that certain environmental conditions (such as temperature) be met and certain techniques be followed for the compound to cure properly. For example, over-spraying a crawl space wall in one pass may apply the spray foam insulation too thickly which will cause improper curing. Improper application and curing can leave behind an unpleasant odor and may even cause health problems.
Because of these potential risks, it is best to have a professional apply the spray foam insulation in your crawl space. A professional is trained and qualified to install spray foam and will have the experience necessary to ensure that your crawl space is well insulated. When installed correctly, spray foam insulation is a perfectly safe material to use in your crawl space. It truly is a modern marvel of chemistry.
In the end, the benefits of spray foam insulation far outweigh the costs.
The cost of closed-cell spray foam insulation is higher than open-cell spray foam and other traditional insulations such as cellulose and fiberglass; however, the energy savings provided by closed-cell spray foam are much higher, and the material is durable and long-lasting. Over time, you will recuperate the installation service cost as you see a drop in your energy bill. When those drafts are eliminated and your crawl space no longer experiences large temperature swings, the rooms in your home will stay consistently and evenly warm during winter and cool during summer. This prevents strain on your heater and air conditioner from having to over-compensate for heat and cooling loss around the home.
Another added benefit of spray foam is that the improved sealing better keeps out large pests (rats and other rodents) and small pests (insects and other bugs). Pests have less access through exterior walls and between the crawl space and the floor above. And, unlike fiberglass, rodents cannot burrow into spray foam. If rats were to end up in your crawl space, then your spray foam insulation likely would remain intact after the rats were removed, whereas sections of fiberglass probably would need to be replaced after such an infestation. While small pests can always find a way in, applying spray foam is one big step toward deterrence. Sealed points of entry and regulated temperature will help keep small pests out. Along with encapsulation to control moisture, this service really helps protect your crawl space and maintain your entire home.
So if your floors are too cold in winter or if your energy bills are higher than they should be, then don’t wait to contact crawl space cleaners in your area. Professionals are available to service your city, so let them inspect your home and provide you with a quote for insulating your crawl space with spray foam. Your home will conserve more energy, and you will have warmer feet in winter and fresher air to breathe once drafts are not pulling a lot of air in and out of your crawl space. All these benefits are just one easy service away!