What Is Spray Foam Insulation?
Open-cell spray foam insulation is the most popular, affordable and easy to work with types of spray foam. The open-cell structure creates a soft, spongy type of insulation that is great for most all types of traditional areas and applications where you would normally insulate.
Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) is a spray-applied insulation found in all types of residential housing and commercial buildings. SPF is an insulating plastic that is installed as a liquid and then expands up to 100 times its original volume, creating an unparalleled air-tight seal. Spray polyurethane foam is found in multiple forms which allow it to be applied in many applications. SPF may be formulated to achieve a variety of final forms, from a semi-rigid insulation foam that is soft to the touch to a high density roofing foam that is resistant to foot traffic and water. SPF requires a collection of specialized equipment for its application as well as proper training to ensure ideal performance and results.
SPF’s diversity makes it the leader in insulating building products. SPF achieves high R-Values while providing a seamless air barrier and giving strong support to the moisture control of a structure. For roofing, spray foam insulates and negates thermal bridging through fasteners or gaps in the roof deck while providing a monolithic, long-lasting roofing system that has a life that can reach well beyond 10 to 15 years. As a result, SPF can be used in a wide variety of applications, including, but not limited to:
- Residential and commercial insulation in walls, ceilings, attics and basements
- Air barriers
- Industrial insulations of pipes and tanks, cold storage facilities, freezers, walk-in coolers, and climate controlled structures such as produce storage and clean rooms
- Flotation for boats, ships, barges, floating docks, and other waterborne structures
Where can Spray Foam Insulation be Applied?
The easy answer to this question is everywhere. Spray foam insulation is by far the most diverse type of insulation available to date. Because of foam's incredible adhesive characteristics and ability to fit into any shape or size, there are very few limitations to where it can be applied. There are literally hundreds of applications for spray foam insulation, below you will find three of the most common applications for spray foam insulations.
Home and Building Insulations
Open-cell Spray Fom
Open-cell spray foam is spray-applied as a liquid, expanding to 100 times its volume. Once applied, the product cures within seconds, filling every crack and gap.
- R-value of 3.7
- Lowest cost
- Noise reduction
- Stud Walls
- Air Sealing
Closed-cell Spray Foam
Closed-cell spray foam insulation is a more slowly expanding product, resulting in an expansion of approximately 40 times its initial volume.
- R-value of 6.6
- Structural Integrity
- Vapor Barrier
- Metal Buildings
- High Moisture Areas
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