Closed cell foam insulation is the leading insulation material for discerning homeowners who want energy efficiency, better sound-proofing, a tight air barrier, and even a more durable home.
Closed cell foam insulation is a type of insulation made from plastic or rubber foam that is formed into sealed cells. The cells are filled with a gas, typically air or a hydrocarbon such as propane or isobutane. This gas is what gives the insulation its superior insulation properties. The cells are closed, meaning that the gas can’t escape and that air or moisture can’t pass through the insulation. This makes the insulation an effective barrier to heat, cold, and moisture. Closed cell foam insulation is commonly used to insulate walls, ceilings, and roofs, and it can also be used in other applications such as around pipes and ducts.
Because it’s so versatile in application and effective at blocking air and moisture, closed cell foam insulation is a popular choice for many homes and commercial spaces, new construction and old construction alike.
Foam done properly by Solanco Spray Foam can actually improve the structural integrity of your home, creating more durable walls and rigid substructure. Why? As closed cell foam expands and hardens, it fills voids and acts as an additional rigid “glue” to tighten the whole structure. Closed cell foam can even stand on its own if you were to remove the wall cladding around it.
The most common alternatives to closed cell foam used by contractors are: fiberglass insulation, blown cellulose insulation, mineral wool insulation, and open cell foam insulation.
Fiberglass insulation is made from recycled glass melted and spun into tiny fibers. It is usually used in walls, attics, and crawl spaces, and comes in rolls or batts. It provides an R-value of about 2 per inch.
Blown cellulose insulation is made from recycled paper and is treated with fire retardants. It is usually installed in attics and walls, and can be blown or poured. It provides an R-value of about 3 per inch.
Mineral wool insulation is made from recycled steel and is treated with a fire-resistant coating. It is often used in walls and attics, and comes in rolls, batts, and loose-fill. It provides an R-value of about 4 per inch.
Open cell foam insulation is made from polyurethane foam and is usually used in walls and attics. It is sprayed in place and expands to fill the space. It is not water-proof like closed cell foam, meaning it is often better for interior spaces with no risk of water or leakage. 90% of our projects are closed cell foam, but open cell can be a compelling alternative in the right spaces. Open cell foam provides an R-value of about 5 per inch.
Solanco Spray Foam is Central PA’s choice in high-quality closed cell spray foam applications for homeowners and business owners. We take pride in great service and unparalleled installations, with clean job sites that will leave your drywallers and finish carpenters smiling from ear to ear. Did we mention the energy and money savings? Spray foam pays for itself!
With unrivaled insulative qualities, you won’t find a better way to keep your home warm and comfortable (or cool in the summer) than with properly installed closed cell spray foam. Call today to schedule an appointment and get a free quote.