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Foam Insulation: The Types of Insulation

Foam Insulation: The Types of Insulation

With all the different choices in foam insulation today, how do you know which is best? This article reviews the different types of foam insulation and the benefits of each.

The Types of Insulation and the Benefits of Each

Insulation is undoubtedly one of the most effective ways to reduce energy waste and lower your monthly energy bills, but with all of the different types of foam on the market, how do you which option is best for you?

There are four main types of insulation including spray foam, rigid foam and blown foam. In this article we will discuss each type and the benefits of each.

Spray insulation is a very popular type of insulation in the home improvement industry today. Its unique ability to expand and serve as a barrier as well as an insulator makes it a very popular option.
Once sprayed into the desired cavity or crevice, the foam expands filling all holes and acting as an air tight seal.
This type of industrial insulation helps keep cool air inside during the summer and cold air out during the winter thus lowering your energy use.
Spray foam is also considered a “green” option because it is a permanent investment and many state and federal tax rebates are also available for this reason.

Rigid insulation is also becoming a popular choice due to its ability to block sound.
There is not much worse than a noisy neighbor playing drums (I can testify personally to this) so the demand for rigid foam is quite high in places such as condominiums and town homes.
Made from closed cell foam boards, rigid foam is also water resistant, which helps control moisture and mold growth in your home. Rigid foam insulation can also be a very economically friendly method of insulation and is quite popular for this reason.

Blown foam insulation is also a very popular choice due to it being an eco-friendly option. The primary content of blown insulation is in fact mostly recycle material and therefore lessens energy waste.
Another benefit of blown in insulation is its ability to conform to the size of any gap. This type of insulation allows reduction of all air leaks inside the house and thus saves energy and money each month.

As you can see, there are many different types of foam insulation and many factors to think about when considering which is best for you and your family. The best option for you depends on your particular wants and needs; no matter what option you choose, it is always a wise investment.

 

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