Foam insulation has been used in home insulation for about 30 years. In the past it was very expensive to put into a home, and therefore was not cost effective. With new break throughs, and high energy cost, foam is now more affordable, cost effective, and provides a safer environment for the occupants.
Spray foam is applied during the construction phase of building and is applied before the drywall is installed.
Spray foam can also be applied to an exsisting home, attic or building.
The two chemicals are mixed by a spray gun, and go on as a liquid, but quickly react, and expand to approximately 100 times it's spray on volume.
Due to this expansion, the foam will effectively fill all gaps, seams, holes, and other places where air infiltration occurs, that go untended by fiberglass and cellulose.
It has been documented that using spray foam insulation will save between 30 and 50% on heating and air conditioning bills, over the same size building insulated with cellulose, or fiberglass.
Foam is safer than fiberglass: Spray foam has been specifically designed for the residential insulation market.
The 0.5 pound per cubic foot cellular plastic foam is water blown, so no CFC's, or HCFC's are emitted. Once the foam is installed no harmful gasses, or particles are emitted.
According to many health officials, and researchers fiberglass is a more potent carcinogen than asbestos.
According to OSHA, an 8- hour exposure time to fiberglass fibers of 0.043 per cubic centimeter of air has been established for workers, since some exposed workers have had lung cancer.
On June 24, 1994, The Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Donna E. Shalala, signed the report and sent it to Congress, thus making it official policy of the U.S. Government that fiberglass is "reasonably anticipated to be a carcinogen."
In fact the four major manufactures of fiberglass have lobbied very hard to keep there product off the carcinogen list published by the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP), but all fiberglass manufactured or sold in the U.S. must now have a warning label as a possible carcinogen.
1 studies performed by the U.S. Department of Energy www.eere.energy.gov/consumerinfo/factsheet/feehome.html
2 Peter F. Infante and others, "Fibrous Glass and Cancer", American Journal of Industrial Medicine Vol. 26 (1994), pgs. 559-584
3 U.S. Government report signed by Secretary of Health and Human Services June 24, 1994. Government Public records, Washington D.C.
Reduced Energy Cost
Resistance to Mold, and Mildew
Higher R Values
Will not Retain water; therefore does not support bacteria or fungal growth
No food value for insects, or rodents
Approved by the Association for Better Insulation
Does not Shrink, Settle, or sag
Does not break down over time.
Safer for the Environment
Bio Spray Foam uses Soy, and Caster beans to make up chemicals used in its spray foam.
Fills gaps, to seal up house to eliminate air infiltration
The foam systems we spray pass Class One Fire Rating for uniform building codes.
"Spray Polyurethane foam alone can provide an air and water-tight barrier."
"Spray polyurethane Foam insulation can be applied to a home under construction and will not only insulate, but will also reduce air leakage in the building envelope."
1 US Department of Commerce brochure, NISTIR 4821
2 US Department of Energy Fact Sheet, August 1997