Some spray foam manufacturers and sellers say that using polyurethane foam as an insulator in the home can save 30-50 percent on heating and cooling costs. Of course, the actual savings are determined by a variety of variables that are specific to each application, so we can’t guarantee the precision of those figures. We do know that one inch of cured closed cell spray foam insulation has an R-value of 6.7. Whatever the application, that is a hard reality. Have a look at Spray Foam Insulation.
Most people are unaware, though, that spray foam insulation can be used in applications other than walls and attics. True, polyurethane foam kits’ insulating, sound proofing, sound deadening, moisture resistance, sealing, insect and rodent resistance qualities benefit so many more places than most people realise. Let’s take a look at all of the spray foam insulation’s possible applications; there are bound to be a few that even the most experienced contractors haven’t considered!
Consider insulating the home’s rim joist in addition to spraying attics and between wall studs. The interior cavities would be better secured from cold/hot air penetration and critter invasions as a result of this. Drafts are blocked, insects are held out, moisture cannot build up, and significant flood damage is avoided when polyurethane foam is used in crawlspaces. What about older homes with water pipes that run along the outside of the structure and are at risk of freezing in the winter? Consider the advantages of spray foam insulation. While certain extreme temperatures (-200F or +200F) will not be appropriate, this application will support 99 percent of residential applications.
Consider your home’s outdoor features, such as pools, spas, boats, recreational vehicles, and trailers. If the underlying cavity and sides of your pool are insulated with polyurethane insulation, you can cut your pool heating costs in half. Campers and trailers are rarely enclosed above a thin layer of insulation, resulting in reduced use in the spring and autumn. Why not apply a sheet of spray foam insulation to your recreational vehicle to prolong its annual use? Also, don’t overlook that the spray foam can help to reduce road noise. Polyurethane foam can help pleasure boats, dinghies, and even yachts. There is additional buoyancy in addition to the insulating qualities. That could be a great added safety advantage for small vessels like row boats and the kid’s summer dinghy.
Filling voids in new construction and major renovations is common because it adds structural integrity, seals air pockets, smoothes out irregular cavities, and insulates HVAC components. For both of these requirements, polyurethane foam is the ideal solution. It infiltrates those small spaces and spreads until there is nowhere else for it to go. Also buildings that were formerly used for storage can be insulated with spray foam and converted to residential use. Converting an old van or bus into a recreational vehicle is another choice. If you use spray foam to insulate it, you’ll have a quiet, cosy place to sleep on your summer road trip.
One of the properties of polyurethane foam is its ability to repel moisture, which helps to prevent mildew and mold growth. Spray foam can provide a temporary dyke in the event of a water crisis, such as a suburban flood or hurricane destruction, before a more permanent solution can be arranged. Let’s take the liquid resistance a step further and apply it to hazardous materials. Polyurethane foam also resists oil and petrochemicals, making it suitable for use as a hazmat spill containment solution on a temporary basis.