When companies talk about insulation, they typically mean one of three common choices: cellulose blow-in insulation, fiberglass blow-in insulation, and spray foam insulation. Other choices exist out there, but these three choices are the most popular among both do-it-yourselfers and professional insulation companies. In today’s blog, the Valley Insulation LLC team will discuss whether to choose blow-in (cellulose or fiberglass) or spray foam insulation.
Taking a Look at Spray Foam Insulation
If there were such thing as a glamour girl of insulation, spray foam would be it at the moment. Although it is still less popular than the tried and true cellulose and fiberglass used in blow-in insulation, spray foam has recently seen its fair share of proponents. Spray foam, however, has some major downfalls.
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Spray foam costs quite a bit more than the two types of insulation. Some estimates put the cost of spray foam at between $3,000 to $4,000 more expensive per home. We know what you are thinking. You probably get what you pay for, right? Well, not exactly. Studies measuring the efficiency of different insulation types continues to bring back negative results: the three popular materials insulate at very similar rates.
Spray foam does have one thing going for it. It is more likely to keep water moisture out of your home. Foam will reduce the likelihood of mold if you live in a wet area, but this one positive is checked by a safety hazard. Foam is the most flammable of all the insulation material types. Unlike cellulose blow-in insulation, it doesn’t slow fire but instead fans the flames.
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Blow-in insulation doesn’t expand like spray foam. Some fans of spray foam insulation say this makes it less efficient. That’s true if you decide to take up insulation as a do-it-yourself project. Professionals, however, know precisely how much to fill between drywall to get the same efficient insulation as foam.
Cellulose insulation is much easier to install in homes already standing. We will not need to tear down your drywall to spray. This saves your time and money. Nu-Wool blow-in insulation offered by Valley Insulation LLC also slows and stifles flames, giving you that extra bit of time to evacuate your family. That time can mean the difference between life and death.
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Get Your Home Insulation Today
If you live in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area, then look no further than Valley Insulation LLC for all your insulation needs. Our team has 40 years of experience, and we keep your safety and home efficiency in mind when we install. Contact our team or call 513.353.4100 today.