Why Choose Spray Foam Insulation?
Spray Foam Insulation (SPF) helps to keep homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Since it is sprayed directly into cracks, gaps, and other surfaces that contribute to heat loss, it air seals and insulates thereby providing one of the most effective and easiest methods of weatherizing new construction and existing homes. The following are some of the benefits of SPF.
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Saving On Energy Bills
Homeowners that insulate and air seal their homes save up to 20% on cooling and heating costs. SPF resists heat transfer far better than most insulation materials. Since SPF insulation reduces air infiltration, it helps prevent the escape and entry of moisture vapor thus reducing the load on the cooling and heating system.
Reducing Air Conditioning & Heating Size
Using SPF, you can reduce the size of your HVAC by as much as 35% without losing comfort and efficiency.
Reducing Noise, Drafts, & Increasing Comfort
SPF is quite an effective air barrier. It helps reduce air-borne sound transmission. It is used to prevent drafts from doors, windows, floorboards, and attics thus creating a more comfortable indoor environment.
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Impeding The Entry Of Pests & Insects
Using SPF to seal gaps helps create a barrier against pests and insects from outside.
Reducing Air Infiltration That Generates Condensation That Causes Mold Growth
Humidity and moisture in the home can cause mold growth. Cracks and gaps in the building structure as well as the condensation on windows cause high humidity and support the growth of mildew and mold. If left unchecked, mildew and mold growth causes wood to rot. Air sealing the gaps between the living space and attic helps manage humidity and moisture issues.
Sealing Small Cracks To Insulate Large Areas Such As Roofs & Walls
Since SPF is applied on-site, it can better seal and insulate the small cracks common in homes. The application makes expansive surfaces easy to cover in a relatively short period.
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Case Study: Mandeville Attic And Floor Insulation
Cold feet were making this Mandeville homeowner miserable
Owning a historic home is a dream for many homeowners. Many older homes do not come with attic and floor insulation making living comfortably hard in these homes. The Mikolavich family found the perfect solution.
The idyllic waterfront community of Mandeville experiences chillier winters than its neighbor across the lake New Orleans. For homeowner Krisztina Mikolavich, whose historic house was lacking modern energy efficiency, even socks and boots indoors weren’t enough to keep her feet warm once cold weather set in. Try as she might to heat the older, drafty home, the hot air escaped through the uninsulated attic like water through a sieve.
During the summer, Mikolavich’s home was incredibly hot even with the AC continually running, an all too common problem in southern Louisiana. Warm, damp air from beneath the home filtered in through her hardwood floors, pushing out cooled air and pushing in moisture-related particulates like mold and mildew that thrive in humid conditions.
Growing increasingly frustrated with perpetual discomfort accompanied by astronomical heating and cooling bills, Mikolavich began seeking solutions to her temperature control problems.
How spray foam helps control temperatures
Once Alan, our BPI certified auditor, had verified where the most energy was being lost through an energy assessment, he worked with Mikolavich to develop an energy plan that would remediate all of the issues she was facing. In her case, this meant installing attic and floor insulation by applying two pound closed cell spray polyurethane to the underside of her floorboards via the crawlspace as well as installing open cell spray foam to the roof deck of her hundred year old attic.
By encapsulating her attic and sealing her floorboards, we could significantly reduce the stack effect, which causes conditioned air to steadily leak from structures through cracks and crevices and other air leaks. The barrier created by the spray foam prevents the leakage of conditioned air, and more importantly to Mikolavich, prevents chilly winter air from nipping at her family’s toes, even when their boots are off!
Corey and his crew of SPFA-certified spray foam installers secured the spray zone with cautionary signs to prevent passersby and the homeowners themselves from accidentally walking through the spray foam before it had cured. Once these safety measure were taken and they were equipped with their PPE, they applied the two pound closed cell spray foam beneath Mikolavich’s home. The foam, which is emitted through a hose in a liquid form, quickly cures, becoming a solid barrier against moisture and moisture-related pollutants as well as insects and rodents.
In the attic, Corey ensured proper ventilation in order for the crew to work comfortably and safely; only then was open cell spray foam installed. GACO spray foam, which contains a built-in ignition barrier, insulates the interior of the attic protecting HVAC ductwork from extreme temperatures. That, in turn, eliminates the need to re-condition air that has passed through the attic.
The final step in every spray foam job is clean up, which dispels all dust and particulates that may linger after installation. Our team of installers pride themselves on leaving home’s in even better shape than they were in when they arrived, and the Mikolavich home was no exception.
Warm feet and a cool monthly bill thanks to spray foam attic and floor insulation
It didn’t take long for Mikolavich to feel the difference spray foam attic and floor insulation was making in her family’s home.
“It made an incredible difference,” she says. “We’re comfortable in the house, and the HVAC doesn’t run all the time. It made a big difference right away.”
And what does she have to say about the professionals at Sunlight Contractors?
“We were very happy with the way they took care of us. They contacted in timely manner, they came and did a good job, cleaned up after, and followed up to make sure everything was good and satisfactory.”