There’s no doubt that improving the insulation in your home is key if you want to save money on your utility bills and keep yourself warm in winter. A lot, of course, depends on the type of home that you have.
A new build, for example, is likely to have a lot more in the way of insulation built into the structure already because of modern design requirements. An older building, particularly one built around the 1920s or before, is prone to loose heat through a mix of solid and cavity walls as well as little nooks and crannies that create draughts.
Factors that may affect heat loss for any home could include how well your attic is insulated or whether you have cavity wall insulation in your outer walls.
If you’re looking at insulation for the loft or for walls, choosing the right product is going to be extremely important. It’s not just external walls that you might like to consider, either. Internal walls can be insulated better and save you even more money on your utility bills.
Ideally, you want an insulation solution that is both eco-friendly and built to last. The problem with using loose fill or insulating rolls in the attic, for example, is that these can get moved around or flattened over time. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always give you the cover that your home needs.
What is Spray Foam Insulation?
A popular, reliable and versatile method of keeping any home warm is spray foam insulation. While other alternatives such as fibreglass and mineral wool have their advantages, spray foam can be applied to practically any area of the house and gives a much better coverage. It’s great for roof insulation and has the advantage of being waterproof, which some other materials are not. Fibreglass insulation can, for example, retain dampness and moisture, which may be damaging to your home over time.
Spray foam is essentially applied to a surface or cavity as a liquid. This then expands and hardens forming an insulating barrier. The gas bubbles that form in the structure are what gives this product its insulating properties.
Heat is transferred in one of three ways – conduction, convection and via radiation. Spray foam insulation helps combat all these, more so than many traditional methods. The other important factor that makes spray foam insulation a popular choice nowadays is that it can be applied quickly over a large area and requires little if no maintenance after that.
Reputable foam spray installers will always survey your property and work out how much foam is needed to cover a particular area and how thick the coating should be. An area like a decent sized loft can be completed in a day and the foam covering should provide a sealed layer of insulation that protects your home from heat loss for some time to come.
Should I Have it Installed Professionally?
While there are some jobs where you can get away with doing it yourself, spray foam insulation really needs to be installed by a professional who is properly trained. Getting it wrong can actually damage your home. The process releases fumes so you need to wear adequate protection while carrying out the work, particularly in an enclosed area like an attic space.
At Foam Spray Insulation Ltd, we have over 25 years’ experience delivering high quality work for both the commercial and domestic market. If you would like to find out more, contact our experienced and friendly team today.