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Top 10 Reasons Why Even a Gnome Would Foam Their Home

When it comes down to it, the benefits foam offers make it the best option for home owners. Learn the top 10 reasons foam is good for your home.

When it comes to adding insulation to your home, there are many options. From fiberglass and cellulose to foam board and foam, how can you ensure that you make the right decision? When it comes down to it, looking at all of the benefits the different types of foam offer, there really is no comparison. Here are the top ten reasons why injection and spray foam are hands down the best options for you. (Are you looking to improve insulation in an already built home? RetroFoam of the Carolinas has an injection foam that is easy to install in existing walls that offers the same benefits as spray foam!)

1. Versatility – Foam Fits any Home/Building

When spray foam is applied to a home, it expands to the shape of the environment in which it is applied. Windows, wires, pipes, corners, unique wall shapes…none of these pose a challenge for foam insulation installation. Unlike traditional types of insulation, spray foam easily expands and fills in all of the nooks and crannies of your home, thus making sure your home is insulated correctly and maintains the proper R-values.

2. Foam Increases a Home’s Structural Integrity

As mentioned above, when the foam is installed, it fills all of the nooks and crannies. As it expands, it also hardens as it adheres to all of the surfaces that it is touching in your wall cavity. Whether you are foaming your walls, floors, or roof, the foam’s rigidity adds to the structural integrity of your home.

3. Foam Acts as a Sound Barrier

As mentioned in our blog post, “Planes, Trains, Automobiles, and Roosters? How RetroFoam Can Help With Noise Reduction,” RetroFoam’s spray and injection foams may not soundproof your home. Still, they can significantly decrease the amount of noise pollution you are hearing from the environment outside the walls of your home. The blog also states, “insulation is measured using a rating called STC, Sound Transmission Class. The higher the number, the better…fiberglass insulation has an STC rating of 36. RetroFoam has a minimum STC sound rating of 41. Having RetroFoam in your walls will decrease noise levels by 45-50 decibels. The neighbor’s lawnmower…runs at an average of 90 decibels. With a noise reduction rate of 45-50 decibels, you won’t be hearing much at all.”

4.  Foam is Environmentally Friendly

The injection foam and spray foam used by RetroFoam of the Carolinas is an excellent option for those looking for environmentally safe insulation that will also decrease the number of allergens in the home. Our foam is certified Gold Green. It also has low VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). A simple definition is that VOCs are tiny particles that would get into the air when the foam is sprayed. Our foam is also non-toxic and has no off-gassing, “the airborne release of a chemical in vapor form.”

5. Foam Keeps Air Cleaner

If you dread springtime because of the battle that the pollen and dust will inevitably wage against you and your allergies, RetroFoam is for you. Our spray foam and injection foam seal off the tiny spaces in your walls, floors, and roof that traditional insulations cannot. Combine this with a great ventilation system, and you will have control over what kind of air you allow into your home, which means you can take control and keep your home allergen-free.

6. Foam Serves 3 Purposes with One Product – Insulation, Air Tight Seal, and Vapor Barrier

When you use foam, you get three products for the price of one, the obvious one being insulation. Spray foam offers a better R-value than traditional insulations. The r-value with traditional insulations is based on ideal circumstances. If it is installed incorrectly or gets wet, the r-value decreases dramatically. The conventional insulation r-value also decreases with time. In addition to insulation, you are also getting an airtight seal. This air seal will stop the stack effect and keep that heated/air-conditioned air from escaping through your walls. The third thing that spray foam offers is a vapor barrier. Hot air can hold onto more moisture than cool air. When warm air comes into contact with cool air and begins to cool down, it dumps the excess moisture that it can no longer hold. A lot of times, this moisture is deposited in your walls. Foam protects against this, which helps prevent the growth of mold and mildew in your walls.

7.  Foam Reduces Energy Usage

Over 50% of household energy is spent on heating and cooling homes. Around 30% of a home’s heating and cooling costs can come from air leakage caused by poor or improper insulation installation. Because of the air seal created by the spray foam, your home’s temperature will stay more regular. This means that your HVAC unit doesn’t have to work as hard, and your energy usage will decrease significantly.

8. Foam Saves You Money

If your energy usage is decreasing, the amount of money you will be spending each month on heating and cooling will also decrease. The amount of air that can pass through your home’s walls, floors, and roof is astounding. With a proper air seal, you will no longer be paying to heat/cool the outside! Check out our blog, “Energy Savings: Remembering the Good Old Days,” to learn more!

9. Foam Improves Comfort

Have you ever noticed a room in your house that is always colder or hotter than the rest of the rooms in your home? Or that no matter what, you can’t keep your home’s temperatures at a comfortable level without constantly running your heat or your air conditioner? About 90% of homes in the United States aren’t insulated properly. RetroFoam can ensure that your home is properly insulated. This will stop the need to constantly be running your HVAC system and help your home maintain a constant temperature in every room of the home.

10. Last for the Lifetime of Your Home

Traditional insulation gradually deteriorates over time. It may need to be replaced in as little as 15 years. This is a very costly and messy process. RetroFoam, on the other hand, never has to be replaced and will last the lifetime of your home.
These are just 10 of the many reasons foam could benefit you, your home, and your family. Have more questions? Would you like a quote? Contact us today for more information.

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