If you have an old, poorly insulated house, there’s no doubt that you’re throwing away your hard-earned money on excessively high energy bills. It’s estimated that it costs approximately $1,500 to heat an average sized home over the course of one winter. A well-insulated house in the same area only needs half that amount to stay warm, and that’s money that you could be putting toward other things.
Fortunately, you can add insulation to your old house without having to rip out the walls via a unique product called spray foam insulation, which is an extremely efficient insulation that’s used in most modern homes. While home improvement stores sell do-it-your self spray foam kits, you will probably be better off hiring a professional to do the work for you. Following are reasons why professionally installed spray foam is the way to go.
There are two types of spray foam insulation: open-cell and closed-cell. While closed-cell foam is a more efficient product overall, it can only be placed in new construction homes that haven’t been dry-walled yet. For retrofit jobs on existing homes, you must use slow-curing, open-cell spray foam insulation or run the risk of bulging and/or broken drywall. A professional installer can choose the right product and will also be able to recognize any special issues your home may have that might make spray foam a poor option.
Properly trained installers know all the hidden spots that they must hit to do the job right. For example, if all common leakage sites aren’t sealed off with spray foam insulation, you might get very little or no benefit from your insulation job. Gaps in the foam locating in the ceiling, around pipes and in soffits can allow a great deal of warm air out and cold air in.
Spray foam that is layered too thinly won’t make your home as efficient as it can be. Similarly, improper spray techniques can cause spray foam to contract and pull away from the framing. Both of these scenarios will leave your home inadequately insulated.
There are numerous reasons why you might want hire a professional to insulate your home with spray foam rather than do it yourself. Not only can you cause damage to your home if you use the wrong materials, you might not make much of a difference if you don’t know how to spray properly, which will be a complete waste of time and money.
To get professional help with spray foam insulation, contact a company such as Specialty Insulation.