Spray Foam Advantages
Without proper air sealing, a building can lose a great deal of its efficiency through air leakage. It’s one of the primary causes of hot and cold spots that can cause discomfort for owners. But as with any building product, insulation is only as effective as its installation and where it’s applied. Spray foam is only installed by qualified contractors. That’s why builders are choosing Spray foam to insulate their homes.
Why Spray Foam
Spray foam takes building envelope performance to the extreme three ways:
- First, its high R-Value per inch provides outstanding thermal performance, so it minimizes hot and cold spots that can affect the efficiency and comfort of a building.
- Second, its rigidity provides added structural integrity to your walls.
- Third, it acts as a secondary moisture vapor barrier to help reduce the risk of moisture intrusion in the wall cavity
- Outstanding energy efficiency
- Peace of mind for the life of your home
- Excellent resale value
- Superior comfort and indoor air quality
- Part of an ENERGY STAR®Home
- Superior air sealing and thermal performance
- Excellent sound control
- Filling every void, especially irregular cavities
Spray Foam Applications
We get asked all the time if we spray commercial wine tanks, or boats, or any number of ‘odd’ things. Yes! Below is a partial listing of applications we have used spray foam for our clients:
- Food industry buildings (all kinds)
- Wine Tanks
- Food Storage Tanks
- Water Tanks
- Fish Holds
- Boat Insulation
- Boat Houses
- Secondary Containment Systems
- Chicken Barns
- Hydroponics Systems
- Grow Rooms
- Power Sub-Stations
- Pole Barns
- Metal Buildings
- Fishing Boats
- Sewer Tanks
- Oil and Gas Industry Tanks
- Military Installations / Barracks
- Government Buildings
- Fire Stations
- Police Stations
Spray Foam Benefits
Spray Foam insulation is the future of insulation. Advantages exist for financial savings, health, building efficiency and greener environment. Discover below how you can benefit from spray foam insulation efficiency.
Foam Connection‘s Foam Insulation expands around every void and seals all air infiltration, the primary source of energy loss. Indoor temperatures stay constant, allowing decreased use of heat or air conditioning. This translates to savings on utility bills and extends the life of your heating and cooling equipment by four times. While the initial costs of installation may exceed that of fiberglass insulation, in the long term Biobond is significantly more cost effective. Special energy efficient financing programs are available to those who live in such a home. See more info on Financing an Energy Efficient Home (link opens in a new tab). Insulation incentive information is available by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) (link opens in a new tab), a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Foam Connection‘s Spray Foam insulation eliminates air infiltration and seals a building so tight that an air to air exchanger must be installed. This results in premium indoor air quality (IAQ) because dust, fiber, pollen and other pollutants have no way in. Our foam application emits no VOC’s or CFS’s during application or throughout the life of the product. Inhalation of toxic molds has proven a problem for homeowners and insurance companies. Foam Connection‘s Spray Foam insulation eliminates breeding ground for mold because it eliminates the entry of mold spores and prevents moisture accumulation. Also since spray foam expands into the smallest cracks and holes it has proven to reduce the entry of unwanted pest and insects. Spray foam is a polyurethane product and does not act as a nesting ground or source of food for pests. Create Structural Strength – The application of spray foam actually strengthens a building structure. The expanding foam fills the gap between each wall, floor or roof cavity. The studs, joists and sheeting are bonded together creating optimum structural strength. After curing, spray foam is durable and will not shrink, settle or disintegrate over time.
Healthier Indoor Living Environments
Breathe Easier with Foam Connection's Spray Foam
Foam Connection is committed to providing consumers with a healthier, safer, more comfortable living environment. By tightly sealing around all crevices, Spray Foam reduces the amount of outdoor pollutants and allergens that enter the building structure. Our formulas contain no HCFCs, VOCs or Formaldehyde making our Spray Foam insulation systems free of toxic air contaminates. As Spray Foam blocks moisture, mold and mildew growth are not sustained. Spray Foam creates an air tight barrier that Conserves Energy – Spray Foam Insulation will not settle or decay, with no off gas over time. Foam Connection‘s Spray Foam insulation systems are eco-friendly and environmentally sound, so breathe easier, We’ve got you covered. Our superior insulation systems create an air tight barrier that conserves energy, blocks moisture, decreases noise, and reduces the influx of outdoor pollutants and allergens.
Investing in products to make homes more energy efficient pays significant dividends over a lifetime – with none of the wild fluctuations of Wall Street.
You can easily compare the energy costs of an average home and an energy-efficient home in your area and calculate how much you can save by making your home more energy efficient
Insulation contributes to:
- Greater comfort + Even temperature distribution
- Improved acoustics
- Better moisture control, which can reduce floor squeaks, drywall cracks, structure damage and condensation
- Lower energy bills* – Unless your home was constructed with special attention to energy efficiency, adding insulation will probably reduce your utility bills.
- Even if you own a new home, adding insulation may save enough money in reduced utility bills to pay for itself within a few years and will continue to save you money for as long as you own the home. Savings may vary. Find out why in the seller’s fact sheet on R-values.
- A more environmentally friendly home
- 60% of the existing homes in the United States are not insulated to the best level.
- According to a study done by Harvard University’s School of Public Health, 60% of the exising homes are likely to use more energy than newer homes, leading to very high heating and air-conditioning bills.
- Potential for increased resale value: Installing proper insulation levels can also make your home more attractive to potential buyers. In fact, most buyers list energy-efficiency as a prime consideration. The reason? Buyers know they can buy a more expensive home if heating and cooling bills can be kept down.
Saving You Money
How can you tell it’s an Foam Connection insulated home?
Live in it.
Boost your home’s resale value. A well-sealed home is a better performing home. And that can affect your home’s resale. Home inspections and lower energy bills will confirm Spray Foams superior thermal efficiency.
So investing in Spray foam insulation not only enhances the comfort, energy efficiency and structural integrity of your home, it also can pay back again when it comes time to sell your home.
Assume a home has 2,500 square feet of finished living area and will cost an additional $5,000 for Spray Foam insulation. Assume that 80% of that $5,000 investment will be financed, resulting in a $4,000 loan and a $1,000 down payment. At a 7% interest rate, the monthly loan would increase by $26.60 per month, or approximately $6.65 per thousand per month. Now consider the cost of heating and cooling the same home. We will use an average cost of $200 a month for a standard fiber glass insulated home. The actual cost will probably be much higher. By insulating the home with Spray Foam in both the walls and ceiling, the heating and cooling cost will be at least 40% less than the fiberglass home with the same R-value. This calculation shows a potential average savings per month of $80.
So Let's Review This
Invest $26.60 per month and get back
Estimated Average Monthly Heating/Cooling Cost
Average 40% Saving per Month with Spray Foam
Average 40% Saving per Month with Spray Foam
Nobody understands the science of building better than Foam Connection.
If you want to build a thermally efficient and air tight home, it’s not enough just to insulate. You must choose the right insulation and air sealing system for the application, and be sure it’s properly installed.
Our Building Science experts understand the principles of heat, air and moisture flow, and how the building envelope interacts with a building’s mechanical systems as well as its occupants. N.A.S.A. applied one-inch of spray-on foam insulation on the Space Shuttle’s External Tank that serves to insulate the tank. The closed-cell foam used on the tank was developed to keep the Shuttle’s liquid hydrogen fuel at minus 423 degrees Fahrenheit and the liquid oxygen tank at near minus 297 degrees Fahrenheit even as the tank sits under the hot Florida sun while preventing a buildup of ice on the outside of the tank. Properly insulating and sealing your homes with Spray Foam is a greener alternative.
We can help you in specifying the right insulation system for our local climate. Contact our Building Science experts with your inquiries at (888) 432-4473.
It is now well established and accepted by most architects and builders that controlling air infiltration is the best and most cost-effective means of reducing wasteful heat loss and providing a comfortable indoor environment. Most architects tend to design structures that are tight and energy efficient by incorporating the latest in proven, energy saving construction details into their drawings.
Unfortunately, too many buildings still perform poorly. Why is this?
We have found that since there is no performance specification to dictate building construction, there is no guarantee when it comes to building performance. Regardless of the contractor’s ability, tight buildings are not created from a list of materials and drawings in the absence of specifications that dictate the building’s designed environmental performance.
Foam Connection takes a different approach
To improve building performance, our company focuses on the basic building science principle that air infiltration compromises the effectiveness of the building envelope. Our approach is incremental – areas of infiltration are diagnosed and fixed in order of magnitude. This provides the most thorough and cost-effective solution possible. Foam Connection has satisfied clients. Our clients have been extremely pleased as they benefit from cost-savings and an immediate improvement in comfort. We operate two-part urethane injection equipment to superinsulate new and old buildings. Included in this equipment are special nozzles and guns to seal cracks and small openings which effectively stops infiltration that cause poor thermal performance. There are other urethane contractors who provide typical spray foam services; however, very few go beyond the installation of conventional spray-roofing and spray-wall insulation processes. Our capabilities, while serving these common markets in some cases, are specially designed to meet the unconventional needs of specialty markets. By employing standard and custom equipment which processes foam through both spray and injection techniques, we can utilize numerous chemical systems with varying densities, speeds, closed-cell content, fire rating, vapor permeability, and other desirable environmental characteristics. While there may be other foam contractors who provide spray and injection services, to the best of our knowledge, we are the only company that currently uses “ratio monitoring” equipment in the field for this process. Ratio monitoring enables our technicians to maintain the exact chemical formulation (mix) for the duration of the installation process. It is impossible to guarantee that the appropriate mix is being maintained without the use of this equipment.