The 2015 Energy are making today’s homes tighter and tighter. New construction homes are turning to spray foam insulation to pass inspection so your having to build a house and almost have to put foam in most houses now, not all of them, it is just more and more difficult to be able to pass code unless they have foam. As a result of seeing that trend, they wanted to explore that option and launched Smart Seal Foam Insulation. We are a spray foam insulation contractor and that is about 95% of what we do.
There are a few minor differences in foam. There is an open-cell (.05 lb) and a closed-cell foam (2.0 lb) that are the two major comparisons for the average consumer. Roofing foam (3.0 lb) is even harder and is applied to low-slope metal roofs.
A recent interview with Michael Reed at Granburyradio.com and Rodney Geisler.
So let’s first start with an open-cell versus closed-cell comparison. Open-cell is typically something that is spongier and cheaper per square foot per inch and you get the R-value typically that you need to pass your code. So on a home, I can fill the cavity at 3.5″ and I may be at .90 cents per square foot. If I was going to fill that same cavity with closed-cell foam, I would be at $3.00 a square foot.
There is a difference in R-value, but there is also a difference in price. The thing of it is, there is a point of diminishing returns. So, I know that 2″ of closed-cell foam will do the same thing as 4″ of open-cell foam, but the 4″ of open-cell foam, I may be at $1.00 and the 2′ of closed-cell foam, I may be at $1.90 or maybe at $2.00. So sometimes, if I can do the same thing with less money, then usually the homeowner or builder, is interested in being smart about their money. And so, that is why we try to guide them as to what their application is and what they are doing. On most homes, we use open-cell spray foam on the whole house.
What are some options to consider when foam insulating a metal building? Smart Seal Foam offers a standard, premium and paint options. Option 1 – 1″ of closed cell foam will reduce heat transfer by 84% and will increase racking strengthen in the building up to 400%. Option 2 – 2″ of closed cell foam will reduce an average of 89% in heat transfer and will prevent condensation issues if the building is heated or cooled, and the foam will have a more uniform appearance. The paint option will brighten the shop and prevent the foam from darkening since it will be exposed to UV rays due to the many roll-up doors and windows. One last thing, be sure to check out the video at the bottom of our website to see the difference in the Standard, Premium and Paint options.
As weather conditions begin to cool, it is a good time to make sure your attic isn’t costing you money.
A few things to check for in the attic, beginning with places that can be leaking warm air; light fixtures and can lights, especially those manufactured before 2004, have plenty of holes and gaps to allow for air to escape from the living space into the attic. If these are installed wrong, you could be paying to heat your attic.
Can lights should have a cover that separates the fixture from insulation in the attic, and spray foam insulation can be applied to seal air leakages. These leakages can also occur around ductwork that drops in from above the ceiling.
During the summer, cool air passing through uninsulated ducts in warm attics can cause condensation on ductwork, and dripping will occur. This can lead to mold growth and safety issues. Uninsulated ducts are also at risk of becoming rusted and leaking conditioned air. Homeowners should check with their energy providers for any energy-efficient upgrade incentive programs available.
There are also a variety of energy testing services available to determine your options to make your home more energy efficient.
We also provide free estimates – if your forever home is in need of an insulation upgrade.
What is a Barndominium? Normally a metal or steel building that has been repurposed to add the perfect mix of living quarters and a place for fun is referred to as a Barndominium. This type of building often acts as a dual purpose living/shop or work/storage area. In North Central Texas, the average square foot price is less than $90.00 which makes Barndominiums an affordable option. By applying open-cell and closed-cell spray foam insulation, your home now becomes more energy efficient.
To learn more about the differences between open cell and closed cell spray foam watch this explanation from Robert Naini, Spray Foam Advisor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7hAwjoPcWo
Let us help you create the perfect hybrid package of both open and closed-cell spray foam for your next Barndominium. (817) 993-5657