Spray Foam Insulation is a Superb Product. But It Requires Special Care and Attention
April 20, 2015
The growth of spray foam insulation has been exponential in the last few years. It's because so many homeowners are demanding the installation, and so many contractors and renovators are recommending the product. But along with the growth and popularity come some "shock" stories, and many of these are related directly to substandard workmanship or a second-rate application. The whole adventure can become stressful, and quite often costly. Whatever the case - a bad installation or deficiency with the product - a resolution is required, and the situation needs to be rectified. Unfortunately, these situations are usually related to the contractor, and needless to say, its chancy and risky to hire a contractor based on a low price quotation. Simply put, spray foam insulation requires in-depth experience and expertise, and that encompasses BOTH the product AND the installation. A reputable insulation company will provide installers who are trained in handling spray foam compounds, and proficient in the nuances of installation. That same company will also offer a trusted manufacturer's warranty for the product being installed, and a company guarantee on all the work being performed. Needless to say, it's also important for the company and their installers to be fully protected with the right kind of insurance. For the average homeowner, it's important to pay careful attention to information that comes from industry specific associations. With spray foam insulation, for instance, the association naturally wants to validate their products, while assuring the consumer of industry integrity. They also want to ensure that installation contractors are trained and qualified. And finally, they want to maintain the highest standards of quality for both product and installation. For the homeowner, professionally installed spray foam insulation is a superb insulating option with many benefits. The cost of heating and cooling from one season to the next is significantly reduced. R-values are substantially boosted. And finally, air and moisture movement are both controlled and balanced, resulting in better air circulation. Indeed, for many homeowners, the spray foam application can result in a higher sale price for the home. As usual, it's best to be well informed - it will result in better decision-making, especially when picking and choosing a reputable, reliable company contractor. And with spray foam insulation the right contractor is key. The product and application will perform at maximum capacity only with a proper install. It means going professional, with a team that understands the uniqueness of the spray foam product, and the complexities of installation. Spray foam insulation is expensive when compared to other insulation products. But it's the best product on the market. It will deliver results, both short term and long term. It will pay for itself over the long-term. It's an application that will last a lifetime, and won't need to be replaced or replenished. And best of all, the payback period is reasonable at between 2 and 7 years - it makes the initial cost and investment well worthwhile.