The Difference Between Traditional Home Insulation and Spray Foam Insulation

When people think about loft insulation they immediately tend to focus on conventional fibreglass rolls, laid out end to end across the rafters. It’s either that or loose fill insulation which can be used to pack the area between joists.

One option that isn’t often considered is spray foam insulation. With better coverage and better insulation, however, this form of roof insulation should be near the top of your list.

The good news is that foam insulation is becoming increasingly popular. Not only is it quick to install compared to other forms of insulation but it’s also longer lasting and a lot more effective.

Here are just a few differences you will notice if you decide to have spray foam insulation installed compared to other, traditional methods of keeping your home warm:

Thermal Properties

While fibreglass rolls can be effective, it’s difficult to properly cover an entire area. That means you often get gaps that let the heat through. There can be even bigger problems if people go up in the attic and end up flatting the insulation out because they are stepping on it.

Spray foam insulation expands to fill every area it touches, hardens and then completely protects you from the outside cold and heat loss during the winter. With better thermal properties, you should realistically expect to save more on your utility bills over old style fibreglass insulation.

Better Coverage

There’s no doubt that, when it’s professionally applied, spray foam insulation gives you full coverage of any area, including all those nooks and crannies which can be so important to heat loss. It first goes on as a liquid but then expands to fill the surrounding area.

Most homes have at least some awkward spaces that are difficult to insulate – with spray foam this is never a problem. You can also cover a large area relatively quickly and it hardens within a short space of time.

Get More Out of Your Attic

If you are laying down fibreglass rolls of insulation, the trouble is that you can’t use that loft space for anything else. Even if you want to covert it later or simply use it as storage, having spray foam insulation means you don’t have to worry about protecting your floor space.

The Cost

Of course, one of the major concerns with a process like spray foam insulation is the cost. Actually, if you take the lifetime of the insulation and the extra amount it will save on your heating bills over the winter, the difference between traditional insulation and spray foam isn’t that great.

There will come a point where you have to replace your fibreglass insulation but spray foam is built to last and provides continuous protection for many, many years.

Foam Spray Installers

One of the key things you will need to decide is which spray foam installers you are going to choose. This is not a job that can be carried out in a DIY fashion and it makes sense to get the work right first time. Choosing a reputable firm will ensure you get just the right covering while your home is protected at the same time.

Foam Spray Insulation are proud to have been trading for over 25 years’ and are experts in home insulation. If you would like to find out more about how spray foam insulation can be used in your home, give us a call today on 0113 293 0068.

August 1st, 2018|