Spray Foam Insulation
Looking for a spray foam insulation company in Denver? Have you been living in the same home for a long time now? Are you looking to upgrade the quality of your insulation and decrease your energy bills? Older types of insulation in homes around Colorado deteriorate and cause problems for homeowners over time. Spray foam insulation is able to achieve a perfect fit every time eliminating voids and gaps between other building elements reducing air infiltration thus reducing energy loss. It doesn’t sag, settle or deteriorate like other conventional insulations. Learn more about the benefits of having spray foam insulation in your Denver home below…
The True Value of Spray Foam
Low pressure, closed cell polyurethane spray foam is the best insulation product available for homes in Denver. Closed cell spray foam is superior to other types of insulation for three reasons. Spray foam gives you the best R-value per inch (R-6 per 1”), and it acts as both an air barrier and a moisture barrier in one product. When applied, it forms a continuous barrier in the area it’s applied to (walls, roofs, floor rim joists, and corners of the home). Spray foam insulation is created on site by mixing two different liquids that react with each other very rapidly. When sprayed on a surface, the foam expands almost immediately to create a rigid foam sealant and barrier.
R-value and Thermal Resistance
R-value is a value that measures a material’s resistance to heat transfer. The higher a material’s R-value is, the higher its resistance to heat passing through it is (this makes it a much better insulation). R-values are measured at 1 inch depths. Closed cell foam provides the highest R-values (depending on the application spray foam can be applied to the R-value needed for the project.)
When building a home in Denver, it is very important to consider the strength of the air barrier that protects it. This is important because it improves your insulation’s performance as well as the air quality within your home. A faulty air barrier in your home can increase airflow and therefore the performance of the systems within decrease dramatically. A functioning air barrier also helps keep out unwanted things like pollen, dust, and insects from entering into your home through cracks, gaps, and crevices. Spray foam can be applied to these locations making your home air tight, and more energy efficient.
Our closed cell spray foam is a “Class 2” vapor retarder, meaning that it prevents moisture from passing through the foam, and your house. This is most beneficial when used in crawlspaces. Because crawlspaces are susceptible to flooding, you want an insulation that will not collect water. This also keeps you from having to remove it if it comes in contact with water. As we are sure you know, a lot of moisture inside of your home can lead to harmful things like mold growth.
Health and Safety
The spray foam we use is GREENGUARD Gold Certified® (formerly known as GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification). This low-pressure spray foam is the safest spray foam you can use in a residential setting. Our spray foam is fully cured 1 hour after application. This means that you can occupy the home much sooner. Most spray foams on the market take 24-48 hours before you can re-enter the home.
Watch How we Install Spray Foam in a Denver Home
Typical purpose or application: Knee walls, skylights, and crawl spaces
A knee wall is a vertical surface that separates livable conditioned space from unconditioned space. They are commonly found in homes with two floors where an upstairs wall meets the attic space above the downstairs ceiling. If any rooms have changes in ceiling height like raised or vaulted areas, you most likely have exposed knee walls that desperately need spray foam. We use a two-part expanding spray foam. This is a state-of-the-art upgrade because it serves two purposes simultaneously. It insulates with a resistive insulation value of R-6 per inch of thickness and it provides an air barrier that stops unwanted air movement. Typical knee wall insulation might be ok, but we consider it non-performing if it isn’t supplemented with spray foam. An insulation batt that is un-faced or missing spray foam essentially just becomes a dirty air filter.
Our goal is to completely cover and air seal all exposed batts with spray foam. Pretend it is a cold and windy day. You are wearing a decent sweater, but the cold air passes right through…rendering the sweater ineffective. The insulation quality of the sweater might be sufficient, however, a windbreaker is necessary for the sweater to do its job effectively.
In both attics and crawl spaces, spray foam is the windbreaker for your home’s sweater.