What Are The Pros and Cons of Spray Foam Insulation? (Part 2)

pros and cons of spray foam insulation

It is always beneficial to look at the pros and cons of something before purchasing it. One of those items may be the insulation in your home, specifically spray foam insulation. The first part of this blog went through a couple of pros and cons of spray foam insulation. Here are some more pros and cons of spray foam insulation: pros and cons of spray foam insulation

Pro: Improves Air Quality In-Home

Spray foam insulation is the only insulation proven to reduce indoor air pollutants as it is a complete air barrier. By completely sealing every crack, crevice, and crease of your home, spray foam insulation prevents mold from forming in hidden places. Additionally, because spray foam insulation seals to the surface so tightly, allergens and airborne contaminants have a tough time getting indoors. It’s not just a great barrier to pollen, it is an excellent barrier for dust mites, pet dander, and other irritants that can trigger allergic reactions in people with asthma or allergies. Often asthma attacks are triggered by an indoor allergen or influent. Insulation treatments such as spray foam prevent pollen, mold spores, and other irritants from causing health problems by preventing them from entering your home.

Pro: Long Lasting and Durable

Spray foam insulation is extremely long-lasting and durable. It can last for 20 years or more. It is also not affected by moisture, pests, temperature changes, or chemicals. While an argument could be made that other forms of insulation will last just as long if properly taken care of, spray foam is much better at withstanding extreme conditions (like we have in Minnesota) and it will last longer than the average lifespan of traditional insulation. In addition to being durable and long-lasting, spray foam insulation has a higher R-value (a measure of thermal resistance) than most other types of insulation. The R-value varies depending on the type of spray foam used and how thick it is applied, but overall it has a larger R-value than fiberglass insulation for example.

Con: Installation is Messy and Not a DIY Project

Spray foam insulation installation is not DIY work. You will want to bring in a professional contractor, who will need to wear respirators and protective clothing. Although the material itself is safe after it has dried, the installation process can be messy while in progress. During application, spray foam gets everywhere—inside walls, on floors and ceilings, and even sometimes inside ducts or electrical boxes. The spray foam insulation contractor must take great care to protect other areas of your home from overspray. In some cases, they may even have to remove a portion of your siding before installing the spray foam insulation so that they can reach all parts of your exterior walls without worrying about covering up windows or doors with foam. Spray foam insulation is not an easy project to do yourself, but there are excellent spray foam insulation companies you can hire, such as Spray Foam Insulation Plus, to do all the hard work for you.

If you feel like you have enough information to decide on your insulation and have decided to go with spray foam insulation, contact your local spray foam contractor. Or if you still have questions, you can reach out to Spray Foam Insulation Plus in Edina, MN. We would love to answer further questions. Or if you are ready, we would love to install insulation in your home.

pros and cons of spray foam insulation

pros and cons of spray foam insulation

pros and cons of spray foam insulation

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