If you have ever built a new home or are in the process now, you know that there are hundreds of decisions to make. From the floor plan to the cabinetry to the light fixtures and paint colors– you have to decide it all. One of the most important decisions to make is how you will insulate your home. It is a decision that affects your finances in both the present and the future. It presently will affect the cost to build your home, but it also has financial implications that will last as long as you live in your home. This decision even has the power to affect your comfort level in your own home for many years to come. Consider these facts:
- 90% of homes in the United States aren’t insulated properly.
- Over 50% of household energy usage 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.
Today, my goal is to help make this huge and impactful decision an easy one for you to make. I hope to not convince you that spray foam is the way to go, but rather to show you why it is the only reasonable choice.
The Basics of Home Insulation
Here are a few things you need to understand about insulation. The effectiveness of your insulation is measured in R-values. An r-value measures an insulation’s ability to resist the conduction of heat. Depending on where you live, there are certain R-values that your insulation needs to meet. It is important to note that your state and local building codes will have minimum insulation requirements. To have an energy-efficient home, you will want to exceed these requirements.
The three main types of insulation are fiberglass, cellulose, and foam. (While there are different types of foam, we will be talking about spray foam for this article.) Spray foam is the insulation that can offer the highest r-value. Out of these three options, foam is the one with the highest initial cost. However, if you are building a home, you are making plans for and investing in your future. With this in mind, don’t be deterred by the fact that foam is more expensive initially, as it will be able to save you thousands of dollars in the years to come.
Foam: The Only Reasonable Choice
I mentioned earlier that your insulation needs to be able to be resistant to the conduction of heat. Did you know that conduction is only one of the ways that heat travels? Another way that heat can travel is through convection. Guess which of the three types of insulation also stops convection! If you guessed spray foam, you are correct! Spray foam creates an airtight seal that keeps heat from moving freely through the walls. Check out this video for a demonstration. It is this airtight seal that makes spray foam superior to the other insulation options. The seal created by spray foam reduces energy loss and can save you up to 50% on your energy bills!
If that isn’t enough, here are a few of the extra perks offered by spray foam:
- It keeps the outside from being inside! With spray foam, you will have less pollen, insects, and pests creeping into your home.
- It also helps with the reduction of permeating outside noises, whatever they may be.
- It keeps moisture out! If you choose foam, you won’t have to worry about moisture creeping in and damaging important areas in your home, such as your crawl space, rim joists, and attics. If you experience water damage with fiberglass or cellulose insulation, you will have to replace it. This is not the case with spray foam!
- Spray foam will last the life of your home. Unlike fiberglass and cellulose, it will not sag, settle, or deteriorate. Fiberglass and cellulose insulations need to be replaced every 15 years. You will never have to worry about replacing your spray foam insulation!
The benefits of spray foam insulation are numerous. It’s the insulation that keeps on giving. If you could knowingly eliminate future problems and save money simultaneously, would you do it? By spending a little more on your new build, you can be proactive in preventing problems from arising in the future. You will also see a financial return in the years to come. Contact a RetroFoam specialist today to help you take the next step towards a more comfortable home.